There is a digital divide in South Africa – a technology gap that exists between advantaged and disadvantaged people-groups. This is exacerbated by social factors such as age, gender and family structure – and where a person lives or if they are employed. In light of The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), access to a digital device and affordable Internet connectivity, as well as the ability to effectively use digital technology, are becoming ever more important tools to enable all South Africans to participate fully in growing the country’s economy – not to mention being active in society.
With more and more migration into our townships from rural areas and neighbouring countries it is our townships that are our fastest growing urban areas. Smart Townships are key to keeping in step with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), which is why CDF believes that it is essential for attention to be paid to South Africa’s townships evolving to become Smart Townships.