Distribution of Laptops and Modems for UFH students

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The first batch of laptops and modems has arrived and is currently being prepared for distribution to students around the country.

The devices will be delivered by DHL courier service to students based in various cities including Bizana, Johannesburg, Mount Ayliff and Durban. Students also have an option to self-collect from the DHL East London and Mthatha depots. Prior arrangements are required for collection.  Central collection points will be set up for those living in deep remote areas.

Only students who have received an SMS advising them of the arrival of the order are eligible to receive devices.

According to Dr Chris Johl, UFH Chief Information Officer, altogether, 6162 students have registered their addresses on Integrated Tertiary Software to receive laptops and 5405 requested modems “There have been cancellations and there have been more applications for devices,” he said.

Dr Johl said the second batch is expected to arrive next week.  “The devices have landed at the Durban Harbour and are being processed for shipping to East London.”

The laptops come with a standard load software that connects to Office 0365. This means students do not need to download any software, they can immediately connect and access their emails and the Blackboard Learning Management System. Any other required downloads from the network, such as Word, will be zero-rated data.

Students who wish to collect their devices can call Ms Kim Pritchard on WhatsApp or SMS on 084 897 5053 or via email at kim.pritchard@dhl.com to make the necessary arrangements.

Those who will collect from central points are urged to keep their cell phones on at all times for seamless arrangements. Students will be required to produce their ID for positive identification.