from DION HENRICK in Cape Town
CAPE TOWN – MTN South Africa has given free airtime and data to Western Cape clients to enhance communication and emergency services after devastating fires in the region this past weekend.
As of Tuesday, 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.
The provision follows a decision by the network operator at the beginning of the week to allocate R250 000 to assist in funding relief efforts.
“The importance of communication during times of disaster like this cannot be underestimated,” said Christopher Hopkirk, General Manager: Regional Operations – Western Cape.
MTN is hopeful 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,” Hopkirk said.
Meanwhile, R125 000 has been allocated to the Gift of the Givers to provide food, clothing and other basic amenities to the affected communities. Another R125 000 will go towards the Mayoral Relief Fund to rebuild structures within the affected communities.
MTN offered expressed solidarity with affected families.
“We sincerely hope that MTN’s contributions will make the load a little bit lighter,” Hopkirk concluded.
– CAJ News