Diep­sloot de­serves free wi-fi

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

AMONTH ago, I vis­ited an in­ter­net cafe in Diep­sloot to e-mail my work to my news ed­i­tor be­fore rush­ing off to a wed­ding in the North West.

Af­ter I had e-mailed ev­ery­thing, I got the shock of my life.

I had as­sumed I’d be charged per minute but I was wrong.

The owner ex­pected me to pay a sep­a­rate charge for each of the three at­tach­ments sent on one e-mail – R5 for the 15-minute in­ter­net use, and then ex­tra R15 for each at­tach­ment.

I was left baf­fled by this as he ar­ro­gantly showed me a price list on the wall, de­tail­ing the very same charges he had told me about. It’s a rip-off. I told him he can rip-off other peo­ple who don’t know how th­ese things work, but not me.

I found his op­por­tunis­tic stance puz­zling but this also got me think­ing about the glar­ing dis­par­i­ties be­tween town­ships gov­erned by the City of Joburg.

While young peo­ple can freely ac­cess the in­ter­net through free wi-fi ser­vices pro­vided in ar­eas such as Soweto, those in ar­eas like Diep­sloot con­tinue to be marginalised, un­able to freely search and ap­ply for jobs on­line.

Surely if Dies­ploot is part of the City of Joburg, how then can it be that in­ter­net ac­cess re­mains so elu­sive and an ex­clu­sive pre­serve of the few?

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