Problems around Accessing Information in Rural Communities

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Mogogi Seretse
Joshua Chukwuere
Sam Lubbe
Rembrandt Klopper


Poverty is known to be a rural phenomenon regardless of developments taking place. Rural communities of underdeveloped countries are regarded to be living in those parts of the country that lack almost all kinds of services and basic needs even worse. Information society should be maintained because information has a significant impact in ensuring development in communities but this is not the case in rural areas because of information poverty caused by lack of means to access it. The study addresses the problems to access information in rural communities. This research explores the problems to access information through ICTs such as computer and Internet in rural communities and proposes guidelines on how to ensure proper access to information for rural residents. Rural communities and the government will benefit a lot from the success of this research. Government is the one that ensures that every citizen has the means to access information in order to bridge the gap of information poverty and digital divide.


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Seretse, M., Chukwuere, J., Lubbe, S., & Klopper, R. (2018). Problems around Accessing Information in Rural Communities. Alternation Journal, 25(1), 214-244. Retrieved from
Author Biographies

Mogogi Seretse, North West University

Joshua Chukwuere, North West University

Sam Lubbe, Milpark Business School

Rembrandt Klopper, University of Zululand

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