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State of the Nation Address: affordable broadband coming to SA

June 17, 2014 • Mobile and Telecoms, Southern Africa, Top Stories

State of the Nation Address

President Jacob Zuma State of the Nation Address.

South African president, Jacob Zuma, stated during his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) that, “the government will endeavor to modernise, expand and increase affordability of information and communications infrastructure. Included in this will be broadband internet.”

According to the president, “Cabinet adopted “South Africa Connect”, our Broadband Policy and Strategy, in December 2013 to take this mission forward.”

Government is expected to continue focusing on various infrastructure projects that will ultimately change the living conditions of South African citizens and boost economic growth.

President Jacob Zuma also stated that, “government has invested approximately one trillion rand in new infrastructure to provide water, energy, transport, sanitation, schools and clinics and internet connections to SA citizens.”

By utilising the SMME development programme to boost broad-based black economic empowerment, “Over the next five years, government will offer prioritised support to small businesses, as well as townships and businesses located in informal sectors across the country.”

Back in February 2014, president Jacob Zuma said that more and more of South Africa’s wealth was being created through internet and telecommunications. He further mentioned that around 37,000 kilometres of fibre-optic cable had been laid by the public and private sectors. According to president Zuma, “this will be significantly expanded upon over the years.”

Darryl Linington

 

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