Digital inclusion (that is, open access to technology) is of critical importance to young South Africans, if they are to participate meaningfully in the digital economy. However, in South Africa, where resources are scarce, this is often difficult. Professor Mmaki Jantjies, who is an Associate Professor in Information Systems at the University of the Western Cape, made this point at last week’s Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Lekgotla. She said limited access to technology renders the playing field unequal.
At this event, themed #African Entrepreneurship through Technology, Professor Jantjies discussed Digital Inclusion in Education, Health and Small Businesses. Her pre-recorded input was broadcast to the 1221 delegates from at least three continents of Africa, Europe and the United States. The conference attendees comprised students, academics, senior university leaders and policy makers from the higher education sector.