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Vodacom Donates 20 000 Smartphones to South African National Department of Health

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Jenna Delport
Jenna Delport
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To support efforts in combatting the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa, Vodacom has announced that it will donate 20 000 smartphones as well as 100 terabytes of data and 10 million voice calls minutes to the National Department of Health. This will be used by frontline health workers to collect and transmit data in real-time for resource planning purposes as the government accelerates its COVID-19 testing campaign.

“Through this initiative, Vodacom seeks to support the government’s objectives to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus by flattening the curve and lowering the infection rate,” says Vodacom Group CEO, Shameel Joosub.

Each of the 20 000 smartphones will be loaded with 5GB of data and 500 voice minutes to be used to facilitate the immediate collection and transmission of data to the National Department of Health COVID-19 Information Centre to assist with resource distribution planning. Samsung Africa will cover the cost of 5 000 of the 20 000 devices.

“Achieving this will require a massive collaborative effort and we’re delighted with Samsung Africa’s investment of 5000 smartphones into this initiative. Vodacom is willing and committed to do whatever we can to help,” continues Joosub.

This donation will also assist the Government by ensuring that medical care resources are efficiently and effectively distributed to help those who are infected or require critical medical assistance.

“As Samsung, we are conscious of the increasingly important role technology will have in the fight against COVID-19. Our frontline workers need to be equipped with secure smartphones that enable quick contact tracing and communication in order to slow down the rate of infections in the country,” says President & CEO of Samsung Africa, Sung Yoon.

“Dealing with the pandemic requires a strong collaboration between the Government and the private sector and we are honoured to have been able to contribute to this project with Vodacom. As a partner to South Africa, we also wanted to acknowledge the Government’s efforts to date and are committed to assisting where we can.”

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