FIN24: Cape Town – Crime has had a serious impact on the plans of the Western Cape Provincial government to connect schools to broadband internet.

In her provincial newsletter, Premier Helen Zille said that service to the “priority areas” from Nyanga to Khayelitsha had been delayed owing to criminal activity.

The Western Cape government is set to spend R2bn on a broadband roll-out for the province and Zille said that crime would enlarge the digital divide.

“So here we have a profound irony: Our eLearning game changer is primarily meant to assist disadvantaged schools, but we cannot deliver connectivity to these schools because of crime. If we allow this to continue, the advantaged schools will continue to get more, and the digital divide will merely grow,” said Zille.


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