Andrew Felbert, of Nielsen Online, said, "Not only are there more people online in South Africa, but they are spending more time online and viewing more content. Companies and advertisers wishing to get their products and services in front of consumers can no longer ignore the power of the Internet."
According to the new research:
• The number of unique browsers and pages viewed increased by 25% between December 2007 and December 2008
• Total time spent online increase by 45%
• Males continue to dominate and now comprise 58% of the audience, up from 55% a year ago
• The audience is aging, with the 50+ age group showing the most growth
• English is the dominant language, comprising 56% of Unique Browsers -- increasing share by almost 2%. Afrikaans was the second-most dominant language, but showed a decrease of 2%.
• The fastest growing brands are newspapers – Sunday World, Dispatch, Sowetan and The Herald all showed double or triple digit growth.