While on a short vacation in South Africa, I discovered the internet hasn't been discovered :-(
Whereas the rest of the planet considers internet access a human right similar to running water, it isn't the same everywhere. The snail rate to check an email makes one consider the old envelope, stamp and trip to the post office to be a viable alternative to the internet. The crappy connection is godaweful expensive as well. For $20 I swear I only checked my email once, never got connected to Line Messenger, and perhaps read some forum twice or thrice. 200MB had vanished (the only reason it took two days to go through that was the slow rate of data transfer). somewhere someone is robbing the public.
It appeared to a visitor to south africa that the government deliberately witholds internet access to people so that they don't realise how bad things really are. I tend to agree with that impression. For $45 in Korea, I have mobile internet at a rate of around 25mbs capped at 3GB per month. My home based connection is unlimited and the rate of transfer is considered USELESS and BROKEN if it slows down below 200mbs (the pay per view TV and cable service is linked to the internet connection for around $45 as well). I am now more cautious about expecting replies to emails especially if the email included a Youtube link or a photo attached to the email.. South Africans need to factor in their household budget, then recharge their "data" before reading an email. It's really that bad. A quick visit to the website of the government department of Home Affairs will reveal a startling fact: the website has been updating the contact details for their offices for the past year or more. It's as though no one uses the website at all, so there's no need to rush updating the facts.. try calling those numbers and you will find out - no one is home.. no one can be contacted.. and no one answers emails either. The only way to contact an official is by queuing up outside the offices from the crack of dawn (I'm not exaggerating). If one can find an insider who can arrange an appointment for you, that can usher you to the front of the line.. otherwise, join the crowds and wait.