We are thrilled to reveal that virtually all of South Africa’s major mobile networks and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are now offering data-free access to key REGENT BUSINESS SCHOOL sites. It follows months of persistent negotiations to ensure that our student community can continue to remotely study from their own safe spaces, without incurring extra data costs. If you have a valid Cell C, DD, MTN, MWeb, Rain or Vodacom sim card, you can visit www.regent.ac.za, www.regentonline.ac.za, and www.myregent.ac.za without using up your data.
“The COVID-19 induced lockdown that began in March has thrown lives and livelihoods into turmoil and intensified socio-economic disparities,” explains Dr Ahmed Shaikh, Managing Director of REGENT BUSINESS SCHOOL. “This, in addition to South Africa having one of the highest data costs in Africa, has placed an enormous financial burden on our students, more so for learners from marginalised communities. Our team began engaging with the country’s ISPs and mobile networks before President Cyril Ramaphosa announced plans to lockdown the country. The agreements brokered with each service provider speaks to REGENT BUSINESS SCHOOL’s strong student-centric ethos and ensures that distance teaching and learning can continue uninterrupted. For us, education is a catalyst for meaningful, sustainable change and we are thrilled that our efforts have borne fruit.”
As the country settles into Lockdown Level 2, supported distance learning remains a safe option to continue knowledge-exchange. The data-free agreements give our students access to all our key online teaching tools and resources without losing or topping up on data. You can participate in webinars and tutorials, watch explainer videos and voiced PowerPoint presentations, and access industry-relevant articles as often as you like and for as long as you like.
RBS’s 100% supported distance learning platform offers an immersive online academic experience for a range of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. Providing data-free access is an essential tool in our COVID-19 game plan.