In the press release, Alberts Breed, Vodacom Managing Executive for the Western Cape Region, said, “This intervention is a demonstration of Vodacom’s core belief that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and mobile technology can be utilized to improve and advance learning, address skills development and help in finding employment.”

Breed further added, “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. 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.”

UP has also subscribed to the service. On 20 October 2017, UP spokesperson Candice Jooste told Perdeby that a “meeting has been scheduled to finalise all the details”.

 

Illustration: Rhodeen Davies