News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 80 on 5 October 2001

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SOUTH AFRICA’S KWA-DUKUZA DIGITAL VILLAGE - A REPORT FROM THE SHARP END

5 October 2001

Telecentres (or whatever else you might choose to call them) sit in the middle of most efforts to close Africa’s digital divide. Their critics rightly ask what they deliver in terms of benefits for users. Those familiar with them worry about the range of technical resources required to run them. Sheena Lutges reports from the sharp end on both of these issues. The Kwa-Dukuza area in South Africa consists of over 90 schools educating approximately 60,000 learners. For a number of years the schools in the area had experienced a pass rate of below 50 % in their final matric…