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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Additionally, Cell C and Facebook have partnered to bring affordable and vital Internet access to consumers through the launch of Internet.org free basic services in South Africa.

Internet.org was developed by Facebook and its technology partners to create a way to bring affordable Internet access to under-served communities. Through network operator partnerships, that have the drive to bring these basic services to customers for free, Facebook has launched this service in many under-serviced countries in Africa and around the world, including India, Ghana and Kenya. And now, through Cell C, South Africa is the next country to realise Facebook’s plan to help connect the unconnected.

“We are proud to be partnering with an organisation that shares our vision of bringing much-needed services to communities and in doing so, positively changing lives,” says Dos Santos.

"We are excited to bring Internet.org free basic services to Cell C customers in South Africa,” says Markku Makelainen, Director of Global Operator Partnerships at Facebook. “With Internet.org free basic services, more people in South Africa will have access to resources and information that can create new opportunities and ideas, and help improve their lives."

Bringing access to those that need it most has become a national imperative, with only 10,9% of South African households having access to the Internet at home. And the growth of access is slow, showing a mere 0.9% increase year-on-year according to Stats SA’s 2014 General Household Survey.

“Cell C understands that some South Africans, specifically those in rural areas, need to travel exceptionally long distances to find work, or information on healthcare or education. The launch of Internet.org will make the world a little smaller and information far more accessible to them,” says Dos Santos.

Time and again, access to information and ICT has proven to incorporate people into the formal economy and driven top line improvements for those that participate. “South Africans in both the private and public sector need to continue to drive initiatives in this space to ensure that the country can compete on a global stage,” adds Dos Santos.

The Internet.org free basic services initiative will provide Cell C customers with access to free services like healthcare information, education sites and job searches. A full list of sites is included below.

From 1 September for a period of 12 months, customers who want to continue using Messenger, post comments, view and share posts and view News Feed and profiles free of charge, can do so by accessing Facebook through the Internet.org application or website. Viewing and posting pictures, as well as, breakout Internet browsing, VOIP calling, Facebook videos, YouTube and Instagram will be charged at standard data rates or will deplete data bundles where available. Customers will also have the option to buy Cell C data bundles while on Facebook or Internet.org.

During the 12-month period, all the sites available through Internet.org on the Cell C network will remain free when accessing links through the application.

Cell C customers can access the Internet.org application through the Google Play Store or visit www.internet.org.

For more information or details, please visit www.cellc.co.za and www.internet.org.

The following sites are available on Internet.org on the Cell C network:

Category Focus Provider Site name Description

Communication Social Facebook Facebook Communicate with friends and family

Communication Messaging Messenger Messenger Send messages to friends and family

Education Lifeskills BeSmart BeSmart Fun learning. Life skills

Education Youth LoveWords LoveWords Publish your stories and poems!

Education Scholarship Scholars4Dev Scholars4Dev Find scholarships abroad

Education Literacy Wattpad Wattpad Read books & stories

Education Literacy WorldReader WorldReader Read books & stories

Education Youth D-Siders D-Siders Daily educational stories

Finance Jobs Careers24 Careers24 Search for jobs

Finance Financial Literacy DAI Your Money Have money when you need it!

Finance Business & Enterpreneruship SmartBusiness SmartBusiness How to launch your own business

Finance Financial Management and Banking Resources Money Matters Money Matters How to manage your finances for your future

Health Maternal BabyCenter & MAMA BabyCenter & MAMA Learn about pregnancy and children

Health Health Health24 Health24 Find general health information

Health HIV HIV360 HIV360 Learn about HIV

Health Health UNICEF (Facts for Life) Facts for Life Find health and hygiene information

Information Search Bing Bing Find information

Information Mobile Cell C Cell C Cell C mobile website

Information Reference wikiHow wikiHow Learn how to do anything

Information Reference Wikipedia Wikipedia Find information

Marketplace Classifieds/Jobs Gumtree Gumtree Buy and sell products and services

Marketplace Classifieds/Jobs OLX OLX Buy and sell products and services

News Global news BBC News BBC News Read news from around the world

News Local news News24 News24 South Africa news

News Sports SuperSport SuperSport Get sports updates

Women Girls + Technology Intel Intel She Will Connect Encouraging women to get online

Women Girls Nike Foundation (Girl Effect) Girl Effect Read articles and tips for girls

Women Economic Empowerment UN Women iLearn Women's paths to success

Education Literacy FunDza FunDza Read books and stories

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