African Press Association

MTN allocates free airtime and data in disaster-stricken Western Cape


For immediate release: 24th October 2018

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 24th OCTOBER 2018, African Press Association (APA) – MTN has given its customers, affected by the devastating fires in the Western Cape this past weekend, free airtime and data to assist in keeping them connected to loved ones and emergency services.

“The importance of communication during times of disaster like this cannot be underestimated,” says Christopher Hopkirk, General Manager: Regional Operations – Western Cape.

“It is for this reason that we decided to give our customers in the areas affected by the fires free data and airtime. We hope that this will facilitate easier communication with friends, family and emergency services. We also hope that this will, in some small way, assist in reducing some of the financial burden that many of our customers are facing at a time when they have already lost so much,” says Hopkirk.

As of yesterday, MTN started allocating 500MB of data and 50 minutes of MTN-to-MTN airtime to its subscribers from affected sites in Khayelitsha, Phillipi, Weltevreden and Hout Bay. Airtime and data is valid for three days from the date and time of allocation. Affected subscribers will have received an SMS notifying them that the data and airtime has been loaded, as well as the validity period.

The provision of free airtime and data to the disaster-stricken areas follows a decision by MTN at the beginning of the week to allocate R250 000 to assist in funding relief efforts.

R125 000 has been allocated to the Gift of the Givers to provide much needed food, clothing and other basic amenities to the affected communities. The other R125 000 will go towards the Mayoral Relief Fund. This will be used to rebuild structures within the affected communities.

“It is essential that we all band together to support our communities during tough times. Our hearts go out to all who have lost family members and friends, those who were injured, and those who have been displaced as a result of this disaster in our province. We sincerely hope that MTN’s contributions will make the load a little bit lighter,” concludes Hopkirk.

Distributed by African Press Association (APA) on behalf of MTN.

Jacqui O’Sullivan, Executive: Corporate Affairs, MTN SA
Cell: 083 200 6274: Jacquio@mtn.com

Mthokozisi Ndlovu, Public Relations Specialist, MTN SA
Cell: 083 209 2683: Mthokozisi.Ndlovu@mtn.com

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