Telkom zero-rates educational websites due to coronavirus

Telkom has confirmed it will zero-rate educational websites as well as those that inform the population about the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Zero-rated educational websites primarily comprise the educational facility websites of universities and colleges.

Telkom is doing this to assist these educational institutions to continue their learning and teaching processes – even if physical classes must be cancelled.

Telkom has also zero-rated official coronavirus information sites on its network – including The National Institute for Communicable Diseases and SA Government websites.

“We believe that the pandemic can be overcome if we work together and ensure that South Africans are empowered with access to accurate information about the virus,” said Telkom spokesperson Mooketsi Mocumi.

Wits partners with Vodacom and MTN

The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) is in talks with mobile operators – including Telkom, Vodacom, and MTN – to forge partnerships regarding student data consumption in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib said he had personally spoken with Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko, while his staff had spoken with Vodacom, MTN, and others.

This is part of the university’s plans to move to online teaching and learning should the need arise.

Habib said that the university is already in the final week of classes before the semester break – giving it additional time to decide on measures it will take.

“We have at least another two weeks to three weeks. We have to determine what the scale of this pandemic is going to be before we determine appropriate actions for the country as a whole,” said Habib.

Zero-rated websites

The full list of the educational websites zero-rated by Telkom can be viewed below.

Institution URL
Boland FET College
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Capricorn FET College
Central Johannesburg FET College
Central University of Technology
Coastal FET College
College of Cape Town
Durban University of Tech
Eastcape Midlands FET College
Ehlanzeni FET College
Ekurhuleni East FET College
Ekurhuleni West FET College
Elangeni FET College
Everything Maths
Everything Science
False Bay FET College
Flavius Mareka FET College
Gert Sibande FET College
Goldfields FET College
Ikhala FET College
Khan Academy
King Satha Dalindyebo FET College
Lephalale FET College
Letaba FET College
Maluti FET College
Mangosuthu University of Technology
Mopani South East FET College
Motheo FET College
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Nkangala FET College
North West University
Northern Cape Rural FET College
Northlink FET College
Orbit FET College
Rhodes University
Sedibeng FET College
Sekhukhune FET College
South Cape FET College
South West FET College
Stellenbosch University
Taletso FET College
Thekwini FET College
Tshwane North FET College
Tshwane South FET College
Tshwane University of Technology
Umfolozo FET College
University of Cape Town
University of Johannesburg
University of Kwazulu-Natal
University of Limpopo
University of Pretoria
University of the Free State
University of the Western Cape
University of Venda
University of Zululand
Vaal University of Technology
Vuselela FET College
Walter Sisulu University
West Coast FET College
Western College for FET

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