The South African Internet space is incredibly grumpy. In a couple of conversation, the outlook is described as incredibly gloomy, and there is a strong anti-government stance. The data now tells a more upbeat story. The diagram below shows that just under half the population in South Africa has internet access. The data is drawn from the World Development Report, and compares South Africa and its BRICS partners on the measure, “Internet subscribers per 100 people” . Progress since 2009 in South Africa has been modest, but slower when compared to BRICS countries.