Vodacom has announced an initative with Wits University to assist students who are studying remotely at the moment with access to 30GB of data monthly while COVID-19 and the national lockdown persists.

We saw Unisa partner with MTN on a similar initiative and, much like that one, students will need to do a few things before they can get access to said free data.

This initiative will kick off on 5th June, and should already be available to current Vodacom customers studying at Wits. For those who are not Vodacom customers, the network says they need to purchase a R5 SIM card and have it RICA’d at any of the company’s retail outlets.

Once that is done, students will need to update their new Vodacom phone number with the university, which should then open up access to the aforementioned 30GB. The R5 paid for the SIM card will be reimbursed, according to the network, in the form of R5 worth of airtime.

This rolling month-to-month initiative comprises of basis 10GB any-time URL data to access specific University sites for e-learning and home study, Vodacom explains, with the remaining 20GB being night owl data, valid between midnight and 04:59 daily.

Should a student deplete their 30GB before the month ends, Vodacom advises that they can top up their data by dialling *135# or visiting the MyVodacom app if they are a Top Up or prepaid customer. The topping up is at their own expense.

With the 2020 academic year already thrown into disarray by COVID-19, the national lockdown and inability for some students unable to return to campus to make use of facilities, this initiative should at least prove helpful for those at Wits struggling with data costs.

“We can all agree that success begins with education. For many students, remote learning is a challenge as they do not have the means to access online learning materials. As remote learning becomes a necessity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vodacom Business is proud to partner with WITS to support education and the development of tomorrow’s future business leaders by keeping students connected,” adds William Mzimba, chief officer for Vodacom Business.