Travellers and tourists in South African parks, gardens and beaches should be careful where they carry their mobile phones and don’t use them in public places.
In this article, the World Health Organization has published guidelines to ensure that mobile phone use in public spaces is restricted and that there are strict guidelines around what devices are allowed in public parks and beaches.
Mobile phones should be used in designated public areas in the parks, which are usually open to the public, but not in public beaches or other areas where the public has access.
The guidelines also recommend that visitors should keep their phones and other personal items away from all children under 12.
The WHO guidelines are a response to recent data published by the World Bank showing that South Africa’s mobile phone usage was increasing in the second half of 2017.
This increase is mainly driven by a surge in mobile users and not the rise in the number of smartphone users, the report said.
This is largely because mobile users were more likely to be in rural areas where there was a low level of public access to mobile phones, said the report, which also notes that a growing number of mobile users are coming from overseas.
The WHO recommends that governments monitor mobile phone access in public and outdoor spaces to ensure safe and sustainable use of mobile phones.