How SA’s Covid ‘foot soldiers’ are bridging digital divide between rich and poor

Countrywide, volunteers are helping those without the know-how or internet access to register for vaccines

22 June 2021 - 20:33 By Kim Harrisberg

When Esther Dhlamini went to collect her pension in Soweto, she was surprised to find a local bishop on hand to soothe her fears about Covid-19 vaccination and register her for the jab on his cellphone.

Community “foot soldiers” such as this are among numerous initiatives being scrambled across SA to tackle a digital divide that threatens to hit vaccine take-up among people without internet access, including many pensioners...

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