The recently released Community Survey (http://www.statssa.gov.za/community_new/content.asp) contains some gripping statistics on connectivity:
The percentage of households with computer facilities increased from 8,6% in 2001 to 15,7%
Only 7,3% of households had access to Internet facility at home in 2007.
The proportion of households owning a cellphone increased from 32,3% in 2001 to 72,9% in 2007.
Given current trends, poor South Africans might be better served by this phenominal growth in cellphone penetration as a platform for linking innovation to the marketplace, rather then focussing on a mass roll-out of PCs and PC-based internet connections.