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SMS donation to NMMU ensures lines of communication remain open

Nov 7, 2016
SMS donation to NMMU ensures lines of communication remain open

Communication is vital in crisis management, which is why in light of the current situation our universities find themselves SMSPortal is donating one million SMSs between Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the University of Cape Town (UCT).

“The primary concern in a crisis has to be public safety,” remarks SMSPortal MD Charles Stretch.

“By enabling universities to communicate critical information with their staff and students directly on their cellphones, they can ensure public safety and reduce misinformation circulating."

SMSPortal has had many NMMU computer science students enter its software development internship program and founders James Pearce and Charles Stretch are NMMU Alumni.

"We were students once," adds Stretch, "and we know students don't want to waste valuable money going online to find out the current situation. Using SMS cuts out expensive data charges and puts the right information into the right hands at the right time. A necessity during the current fees must fall crisis."

NMMU is committed to concluding its academic year with students continuing to receive faculty-specific plans, and support material and the donation of 500,000 SMSs to the institution will go a long way in achieving its goal.

"This varying information between establishments and their faculties requires transparent sharing of information to give students peace of mind about their studies and exams," adds Stretch.

"There has been a massive investment in terms of time and money from students, and it's only right they see their studies through to the end just as we were lucky enough to do."