Towards understanding the contextual role of traditional leadership in the establishment of cyber communities amongst rural peoplein South Africa: The case of Dr J.S. Moroka Municipality

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  • SDG 16
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    ICT policies instituted over a number of years by the South African government have failed manifestly in establishing cyber communities amongst rural people in South Africa. The authors of this paper argue that for rural South African communities to reap the benefits of ‘cyber citizenship’ and Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) initiatives, it will be necessary for communities to enable themselves and to take ownership of initiatives to participate in the anticipated South African information society. The authors argue that the success of ICT4D initiatives depend very strongly on an understanding of the interaction of such initiatives with the social context at the local community level. One of the significant aspects of the social context at community level is the role of traditional leaders in these communities. This paper examines the role of traditional leadership, with specific reference to the literature on traditional leadership in South Africa and the literature on the role of traditional leadership in ICT4D initiatives, as well as Towards understanding the contextual role of traditional leadership ...empirical findings from a case study that serves as an example of a ‘typical’ rural community in Mpumalanga, South Africa.