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  • Vodacom will be sending Covid-19 alerts to its 44 million South African subscribers in partnership with the national health department. 
  • The messages will mainly focus on hygiene measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 
  • Vodacom is also giving consumers free access to premium mother and baby maternal health and education websites.
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Vodacom, South Africa’s largest cellphone network, will be sending Covid-19 alerts to its 44 million South African subscribers in partnership with health department.

This as South Africa battles to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2, in South Africa. 150 people have tested positive for the virus locally by Thursday. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa ordered the closure of South African schools and the partial closure of borders, and asked that citizens limit movement, among other measures. 

Vodacom said the alerts to its subscribers will centre around hygiene.

Vodacom is also offering zero-rated access to premium motherhood and baby maternal health and education websites to all its users. 

This includes access to an e-School platform with material in all 11 official languages from Grade R to 12, with content aligned to the national curriculum. 

Vodacom, through its charitable arm, will also be providing anti-bacterial hand soaps to its 12 schools of excellence, 11 early childhood development centres and 10 youth academies for a period of six months

“Vodacom can play a critical role in supporting society during this unprecedented time and is committed to doing its utmost during this rapidly evolving situation,” said CEO Shameel Joosub.

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