The Internet is changing the way we work, socialize, create, and share information, and organize the flow of people, ideas, and things around the globe. Yet the magnitude of this transformation is still under-appreciated. The Internet has accounted for 21 percent of the GDP growth in mature economies over the past 5 years. And yet, in SA, we are still in the early stages of appreciating the transformations the Internet will unleash and the opportunities it will foster. Many more technological innovations and enabling capabilities such as payments platforms are likely to emerge, while the ability to connect many more people and organizations, and engage them more deeply will continue to expand exponentially. The real beneficiaries of the Internet’s growth are people. In order to access Internet effectively, citizens need to be up-skilled in Digital Literacy. Digital literacy has become a worldwide concern for future economic growth.
The world has undergone an evolution in terms of structural change and technological transformation. However, Africa is still lagging behind in this modern world whose development is largely determined by technological advances. Various initiatives have started in Africa to address the issue of digital literacy. Based on research, the supply of digital skills can meet the demand of the labour market in South Africa. Digital skills ignite innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship once it is implemented in communities.
South Africa, in its National Development Plan 2030, has clearly indicated:
It also alerts us to create programmes that do not fall victim to the digital divide such as happened in other countries.
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