Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has confirmed that the department has teamed up with mobile network operators to provide free data bundles to students funded by NSFAS and Funza Lushaka for three months starting from June.
Nzimande has announced a gradual return to campuses across the country – with a third (33%) of university students set to return when Level 3 of the lockdown is announced.
The students include the final year, postgrads, clinical as well as laboratory students.
Nzimande says students will receive 10-gigabytes for daytime use and 20-gigabytes for night time use.
Nzimande has stressed that the free data should only be used for educational purposes.
“NSFAS and the Funza Lushaka students must ensure that they register their cellphone numbers with their respective institutions. We advise that during this period, they must also not change their sim-cards so as to enable network operators, through their institutions, to load data to their devices. Don’t use this data for wrong things.”
Below is Minister Nzimande’s full statement: