South Africa’s data prices a rip-off

2016-10-12 06:00

THE recent social media campaign highlighting the exorbitant prices that consumers pay for data in South Africa needs to be acknowledged.

The prices for data in SA rates among the highest in the world. This is a total rip-off and goes beyond an example of rampant capitalism. This can be viewed as economic sabotage.

Broadband connectivity and affordable data are drivers of economic growth and Parliament has got involved ordering all network providers to reduce the cost of data.

Data prices in South Africa remain high compared to other countries on the continent and in the world.

One gigabyte of data costs R11 in India, R22 in Nigeria and R32 in Namibia, while South Africans pay R150.

Judging from this scenario I wonder in which other facet of spending are consumers being milked and ripped off of their hard-earned cash.

It’s a travesty when capitalist companies use their power to charge prices that cannot be justified. Parliament is asking network providers to drop the prices by November. This will definitely be a reprieve to all customers.

A recent study highlighted that South Africans spend almost 25% of their salary on internet usage.

It must be noted that the #DataMustFall campaign has exposed the varying costs of data on the continent and across the world. Fundamentally the question that needs to be asked is, what is government doing to protect consumers from high prices?

Consumers of data await in anticipation and trepidation to hear the announcement of the decrease in prices of data.

vijay surujpal Via email

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