The Sim cards are provided by Telkom. Sipho Maseko, CEO at Telkom, said in a press release, “Our universities and institutions are key to empowering South Africans and creating growth in this country. We at Telkom believe it is essential that students are able to continue their studies despite the current political climate. We hope that this small contribution on our part will assist students to complete the academic year as we work together to build an equitable system for all.” Using a Telkom mobile prepaid or postpaid Sim card will allow students to access content on the university’s website without paying. This service is known as Telkom’s Reverse Bill URL.
According to UP spokesperson Anna-Retha Bouwer, the Sim cards available at the Hatfield campus have already been registered according to Rica legislations. Bouwer added, “The Sim cards are also available at any Telkom store at a minimal cost, but then students will have to provide the necessary documents themselves to comply with the Rica regulations.”