1. The Internet country code top-level domain .za was granted to South Africa by ICANN in 1990.

2. 40.6% of South African households has at least one member who had access to or used the Internet either at home, work, place of study or Internet cafes, while less than 10% of South African households has access to the Internet at home.

3. Egypt (44%) and Morocco (55%) have higher Internet penetrations than South Africa. The Internet user base in South Africa increased from 2.4 million in 2000, to 5 million in 2008 and to 12.3 million in 2012. South Africa’s Internet penetration percentage is well above the figure of 16% for Africa as a whole.

4. Over 60% of Internet traffic generated on the African continent originates from South Africa.

5. Access to the Internet is highest in Gauteng (54.7%), Western Cape (54.3%) and Free State (42.1%) and the lowest in Limpopo (21.3%) and Eastern Cape (25.5%).

6. The first South African IP address was granted to Rhodes University in 1988.

7. In 2013 South Africa is served by five submarine communication cables, SAT-2, SAT-3 / WASC / SAFE, SEACOM, EASSy, and WACS. Another five cables, Main One, SAex, ACE, BRICS, and WASACE, have been proposed or are under construction, but are not yet operational in South Africa.

8. The average download speed in South Africa is just 4.01 Mbps, slower than Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe, but faster than the average African download speed of 1.6 Mbps.

9. 40% of South Africa’s Internet users are aged 15-24.

10. News24 is the only South African site in the country’s top ten most visited websites.


Sources: Wikipedia, My Broadband, Survey Compare, Sky Rove

  • Harvey Specter
    Posted at 13:01 November 1, 2013

    I don’t understand what you mean in point 10?

    10. News24 is the only South African site in the country’s top ten most visited websites.

    • Harvey Specter
      Posted at 17:30 November 10, 2013

      The other 9 sites that are most visited by South Africans are all international websites (eg Facebook, Google etc). News24 is the only local website out of the most popular websites in South Africa. Hope that makes it clearer!

  • Harvey Specter
    Posted at 11:21 January 23, 2014

    What happened to KwaZulu-Natal, #5 don’t we feature at all? #8 lines speed to business maybe! #10 is still sketch, does this pertain to only .co.za sites, most use .com so have not been included presumably.

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