Foundation calls on SA's mobile networks to zero-rate educational apps

The DG Murray Trust (DMT) has urged South Africa's mobile network operators to zero-rate access to educational and social service mobile apps.

DGMT is a Cape Town-based private foundation committed to developing South Africa's potential.

Deputy CEO Janet Jobson says that at least 30 million South Africans can't afford to purchase mobile data to access books and other educational resources.

Read: DG Murray Trust fighting inequality and youth jobs challenge

Zero-rating is the practice of mobile network operators not charging end customers for data used by specific applications or internet services through their network.

At least 30 million South Africans cannot regularly access the internet and are being excluded from all of the opportunities that public benefit org are trying to provide via online organisations.

Janet Jobson, Deputy CEO: DG Murray Trust

We underestimate how important access to information is in South Africa, particularly because we are such a divided country.

Janet Jobson, Deputy CEO: DG Murray Trust

Information can give people the ability to navigate their lives and figure out a way to fulfill their own potential .

Janet Jobson, Deputy CEO: DG Murray Trust

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