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Great analysis, well done htx.africa for publishing it. Black Africans spend on average R201 per month on communications. But, 54% South Africans live at or below the poverty line of R 779 per month (STATS SA 2015), nearly all are Black South Africans. The average spend on communications for Black South Africans stated in this report therefore equates to 26% for this group. STATS SA, (or any other concerned statisticians) is this a realistic interpretation of your data? If it is, can we conclude that our communications services are enablers of survival, and not of development, for 54% or our citizens?
@WaltB Thanks for the feedback - we're definitely following up with Stats SA and other groups to get their analysis. I think what's missing is exactly the question you raise - to what effect does this access to communications help to get people out of poverty? There are some studies (World Bank etc) which are often cited, but nowhere near enough imo.