Zero-Rated Websites

List of websites the government have said must be zero-rated on all mobile networks in South Africa for the duration of the lockdown period.

TVET Colleges

Description Website
Urban TVET College
North Cape Rural TVET College
Sedibeng TVET College
South West TVET College
Majuba TVET College
uMgungundlovu TVET College
Vhembe TVET College - Central Office
Lephalale TVET College - Central Office
Flavius Mareka TVET College
Goldfields TVET College

University Websites

Description Website
University of Johannesburg
Nelson Mandela University
University of Venda
University of the Western Cape
University of Pretoria
Durban University of Technology
University of Stellenbosch
Walter Sisulu University for Technology
University of Zululand
University of the Free State
University of South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand
University of Mpumalanga
University of KwaZulu Natal
Rhodes University
University of Limpopo
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
University of Cape Town
North West University

Government Websites

Description Website
COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal
Department of Basic Education
Department of Basic Education administration functions
Department of Basic Education cloud
Department of Basic Education curriculum content resources
Department of Basic Education email facilities
Eastern Cape Department of Education
Eastern Cape Department of Education curriculum resources
Eastern Cape Department of Education examination resources
Free State Department of Education
Gauteng Department of Education online admissions
Gauteng Digital Platform
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education
KwaZulu-Natal Funda eLearning Portal
Limpopo Department of Education
Mpumalanga Department of Education
North West Department of Education
Northern Cape Department of Education
Western Cape Education Department
Western Cape Education Department ePortal
African Storybooks
CAPS Radio
Khan Academy
Khan Academy in IsiXhosa
Khan Academy in IsiZulu
Mindset Learn
Tech Teachers
Xander language applications
WorksheetCloud Live Lessons
Cambridge University Press South Africa
National COVID-19 screening platform
University of KwaZulu-Natal Extended Learning
University of KwaZulu-Natal Extended Learning

Other Websites

Description Website
Vodacom Digital Classroom
Telkom e-Education

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Can I use #datafree apps and websites outside of South Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia and Uganda?

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Can I use #datafree apps and websites with my mobile data switched off?

No, you must keep you your mobile data switched on to use #datafree apps and websites. However, your airtime and data balance will not reduce. You can even use #datafree apps and websites when you have zero airtime or data balance!

Can I use #datafree apps and websites if I don’t have any airtime or data?

Yes! #datafree apps and websites work perfectly if you have no airtime or data balance.