Barriers to the right to communicate for the working class

Workers On Wednesday 12 October 2016
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Labour Voices on the Airwaves!

Communicating is a basic human need. It is vital to our lives and building our communities and organisations. Over the last 20 years the explosion of cell phones and internet has dramatically improved the way we communicate. When these were introduced in South Africa during the mid-1990’s, the government through the Minister of Communications, Jay Naidoo, promised that the new technology would ensure cheap and easy access to communications for all, especially for the rural poor.

However, the high cost of communicating has undermined this promise by government. Today, the high costs of air-time and data means that most working class people cannot afford the benefits of telecommunication technologies.

Mark Weinberg
National Co-ordinator
Right 2 Know Campaign (R2K)

Carlos Rey-Moreno

Charley Lewis
Senior Lecturer
School of Literature, Language and Media
Wits University

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