[South Africa] 5.4 hours of minimum wage work earns 1 GB of data - how does the rest of the world compare?


An architect based in South Africa recently analysed statistics on how many hours minimum wage workers around the world must put in to afford one gigabyte of mobile data, Business Insider reports on what he found.

Wynand Viljoen  - a Cape Town-based architect and masters of business graduate - compared publicly available data prices from countries around the globe with the minimum wages they pay to see how long people must work to afford one gigabyte of data.

South Africans earning the minimum wage must work 5.4 hours to earn one gigabyte of mobile data. In Cuba, people have to work 251.6 hours and British minimum wage workers need put in only 0.6 hours.

Mr Viljoen discovered that 1 GB of data costs $12,58 in Cuba. Cubans must work the longest hours of any minimum wage workers worldwide to buy 1 GB data.

In Monaco, people have to work the least amount of time to afford 1 GB data. The local minimum wage is €10.53 per hour (or R169.58) meaning people need work a mere 6 minutes to buy 1 GB data, at a cost of $1.21.

In South Africa, 1 GB costs $7.19 on average (approximately R110.72). Paid at a minimum wage of R20 per hour, people need to work 5.4 hours to be able to to buy it.

Leaving South African workers working less than those in countries such as China, Ghana, Greece and Mauritius for their 1 GB but more than minimum wage workers in Pakistan, Brazil, Zambia and Morocco.