Dear friends of the FMF… The #DataMustFall campaign is a microcosm of issues that should be of concern to all South Africans. The “facts” on which the campaign are based are disingenuous at best. They are being used by vested interests to persuade government to fix prices and nationalise assets. Government policy is being formed without regard for the facts behind the hype.
Data is being called a “human right” with demands being made that the private sector provide their services for free. There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch (TANSTAAFL). Free healthcare, free education, free housing, free data – what’s next? Perhaps a service you provide?
In this video Leon Louw challenges public opinion, presents the facts behind the hype and asks pertinent questions including:
- Data must fall. Why?
- Data costs are too expensive in South Africa. Are they?
- Data is a human right. Is it?
- The mobile operators are greedy capitalists who collude and exploit consumers. Really?
- Only the rich can access cheaper data. Fact?
- Market failure and lack of competition are to blame. Are they?
- Government needs to crack down through regulation: Should it?
In reality, there are many different ways of buying 1GB in SA and elsewhere. A single price comparison is unhelpful and should not inform government policy.