12 ways that South Africa is using technology to combat COVID-19

Government, businesses and tech vendors have been coming up with innovative uses of technology to reduce infection and create awareness of the dangers of COVID-19, in ways that may change technology forever. .

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South Africans have been engaged in a life and death struggle with the coronavirus since March. Business, government, startups and ordinary citizens have all been asked to play their part. And while the death rate has remained low in comparison to the rest of the country, infections have not dropped off as much as has been hoped. 

The reasons for this apparent failure are complex, but it is safe to say that without the multiple interventions across society, the country would have been in far worse shape than it is today. Improved usage of existing technology, as well as new services and a surge in e-commerce and home delivery is likely to permanently shake up the technology landscape in ways that  IT leaders in enterprises are beginning to grasp and exploit. 

It’s not just tech companies that are responding. Government and big business have also been putting forward innovative uses of technology to reduce infection and create awareness of the dangers fo COVID-19. 

Here are a number of instances where technology is playing a part in combatting the spread of the coronavirus and providing new ways for South Africans to work and connect.

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