Vodacom is making studying easier for university students around the country by zero-rating all university services on the network.
Vodacom has provided 19 institutions with free internet access, expanding its ‘Siyakha’ platform which aims to aid students and job hunters alike.
One of the beneficiaries, the University of Cape Town, says that it is grateful for the assistance. “The service will be very useful to our students in that it will enable them to do their work off-campus without worrying about data costs or without having the need to travel to campus,” says Vice-Chancellor Max Price.
Vodacom says that the initiative is a demonstration of how tech can advance learning and skills development, while helping people to find employment.
“Many learners in our country often cannot afford and don’t have access to learning material such as textbooks, which makes excelling at school more difficult,” says Managing Executive for the Western Cape Region, Aberts Breed.
“As an investor in the country and an established partner in addressing social challenges, Vodacom’s goal is to contribute to ensuring that learners throughout the country have access to some of the educational tools to help enhance their learning experience.”
The company further that education is more than just a government issue, and that it has transformed mobile pricing over the past few years