Lockdown: MEC considers routers and cartridges ‘essential goods’ for online learning
Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, says routers and cartridges should be considered as essential goods for the sake of online learning during South Africa's national lockdown.
Video-chat apps have reported a high demand for their services as more businesses and scholars turn to their platforms for alternatives to continue working and learning during South Africa’s national lockdown.
Flattening the curve
In accordance to the purposes of the lockdown, citizens are encouraged to practise social distancing and to stay home — away from their normal workplaces — for the duration of the lockdown period. In South Africa, President Ramaphosa did however make exemption to essential goods and services that South Africans can have access to during the five-week lockdown period.
The importance of education
In a recent tweet, the Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, mentioned that routers and cartridges should be considered as essential goods for the sake of online learning.
Meanwhile, businesses that are not classified as essential services have considered alternative ways to continue working remotely without having to physically go to their workplaces. It appears that this shift has given rise to the numbers of video-chat app users, with learners turning to online learning and businesses conducting videoconferencing, regular staff meetings and virtual office settings, amongst the use of other features in these various platforms.
The Zoom app has since published an important notice on the platform notifying users of increased demand which could result in dial-in by phone audio conferencing capabilities being temporarily removed from basic accounts.
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