Information and Communication Technology Usage by Women-owned Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises in Gauteng, South Africa

By Florah Sewela Modiba, Ernest Ketcha Ngassam and Jan Eloff.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Women are active participants in the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME) sector. In conducting their business activities they are usually confronted with a range of challenges in accessing operational resources. These include but are not limited to lack of financial support, skills, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructures and family demands. A solution to the challenge of access to ICTs could leverage productivity of women-owned SMMEs. This paper engages in a preliminary study of the challenges of access that exists in the emerging economies of South Africa. It reports on the consolidated literature review related with women and ICT usage.

Keywords: ICT Usage, Access, Women-Owned SMMEs

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.159-172. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.202MB).

Florah Sewela Modiba

Masters Research Associate, Research, SAP Research/ University of South Africa, Sunnyside, Pretoria, South Africa

When I joined SAP Research, as a Masters Research Associate, which mainly deals with development of software, I decided to use my Social sciences background to look at how ICTs are used by women and see if they are accommodative to their businesses. I am currently studying a masters degree in Gender Studies with the University of South Africa where I am focusing in Gender and ICT.

Ernest Ketcha Ngassam

Principal Researcher, SAP Meraka UTD &, School of Computing, University of South Africa, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Principal Researcher in Technologies (ICTs) for Emerging Economies and Researh Fellow at the School of Computing, University of South Africa, Pretoria.

Jan Eloff

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Research Director SAP Research CEC Pretoria & SAP Meraka Unit for Technology Development Professor Extraordinaire (Computer Science), University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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