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SA’s Covid ‘foot soldiers’ bridge digital divide between rich and poor

Countrywide, volunteers are helping those without the know-how or internet access to register for vaccines

Kim Harrisberg

When Esther Dhlamini went to collect her pension in Soweto, she was surprised to find a local bishop on hand to soothe her fears about Covid-19 vaccination and register her for the jab on his cellphone.

Community “foot soldiers” such as this are among numerous initiatives being scrambled across SA to tackle a digital divide that threatens to hit vaccine take-up among people without internet access, including many pensioners.

“I was afraid to get vaccinated and didn’t know how to,” said Dhlamini, 71, outside the Boxer supermarket she visits each month to pick up her R1,900 pension grant...

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