Unisa students get data and connectivity to assist with May/June examinations

Unisa and MTN data boost for students

We have great news! As a currently registered Unisa student living in South Africa, you will receive 30GB of data per month (10GB anytime and 20GB night time) for the period mid-May to mid-July 2020, thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between Unisa and the MTN Group.

This means that you will have sufficient data and connectivity to submit assignments, prepare for your exams and successfully complete your May/June 2020 exams.

Although Unisa has always been an Open Distance and eLearning university, the Covid-19 pandemic has compelled the university to reconsider some of the academic activities that still required physical application, such as the submission of hard copy assignments and venue-based exams and confine them to strictly online application.

Prof Mandla Makhanya, Unisa’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor pointed out that “as a caring and responsible university, driven by strong values of Ubuntu/Botho and being fully cognisant of the dire socio-economic conditions that many of our students find themselves in, we took this considered decision that all our students must have access to data, with the university carrying the cost, so that they are enabled to write their exams and succeed in their studies. Our partnership with MTN is also ideal in this regard, not only because of the favourable rate they have given us, but most importantly because of the size of their footprint and their reach, here on our shores and on the African continent, where we also have a significant number of students.”

What do I need to do?

The project will be launched on Thursday 21 May 2020.

You cannot use your current SIM card for this initiative. You must purchase an MTN SIM card from an MTN shop or any other shop selling MTN SIM cards. This means you can procure the new MTN SIM card from Thursday 21 May 2020.

This is a data deal. To make voice calls you will need to purchase airtime. You will be able to use any data platform, including WhatsApp and other data-related messaging and browsing tools.

Follow these steps to claim your Unisa data with MTN

How to claim and activate your MTN SIM card

The following frequently asked questions might provide the answers to any questions you have

Why did Unisa not negotiate with other service providers?

Unisa negotiated with all the service providers, but MTN offered Unisa the best deal of R79 per month for 30GB of data (10GB anytime and 20GB night time). The next best deal was R99 deal negotiated by Universities South Africa on behalf of all universities. This means that Unisa saved millions of Rands on this deal.

Why can I not use my current SIM card to upload the data provided?

The deal is structured in such a way that you must purchase a new SIM card.

What do I do if I have only one device with its own SIM card?

You will have to remove your own SIM card from your device and use the new MTN SIM card to use the data.

What must I do if I do not want to take up the deal of 30G data from Unisa?

You do not have to claim the deal.

When exactly will the deal become active?

The deal will be active within 3 – 4 hours after  receipt of the SMS notification mentioned in the Step 7 of the Claim Your Unisa Data with MTN  Process above.

How long will the free data last?

The data will last for two months from the date of activation.

I am an international student. Does this deal apply to me?

Unfortunately, not, it is only for students living in South Africa.

Will this initiative also assist members of Unisa staff with data?

Unisa is working on a separate deal for staff to enable them to also deliver on our ODeL mandate. This deal should also be communicated soon.

Can I only use this data to do my examinations?

The data is meant for you to use to prepare for and complete your examinations. Unisa will release the examination timetable over the weekend of 16 and 17 May 2020 where we will inform you how your examination will be conducted. This will give you an opportunity to explore the platforms in advance for the upcoming examinations. Please do not waste your data and then end up not having sufficient data for the examinations.

How do I check my data bundle balances?

Be in control of your account at all times with all the basics at your fingertips on our MyMTN app.

Dial *136#

Buy voice and data bundles
Manage your usage
View balances


 Download the MyMTN app for free by finding it in your supported app store:  

MTN Call Centre: 135

Can I top up additional airtime or data, should the allocated data deplete before the next provisioning?

Yes, using the MyMTN App for the End-user’s expense.

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