n Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - Access to information and communication : estimating the determinants of Internet usage in South Africa : research article

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-0069



This paper attempts to estimate the determinants of Internet usage in South Africa in a theoretically plausible model. The three-step Engle Yoo estimation technique is applied. The results indicate that the number of Internet users is dependent on access to personal computers as well as real wages and salaries. An error correction model is estimated and shocks are applied to the long run variables. The shocks indicate that an increase in wages and salaries is necessary, but not sufficient, for an increase in Internet access. The South African government has implemented numerous policies to address the disparities that exist in the country concerning access to information and communication. Policies such as personal income tax relief and skills development play an integral part in addressing limited access to the Internet, although these policies sometimes contradict the perceived objective.

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