Sim Cards: Rica Deadline expires in just a few hours

2011-06-30 00:00

YOU have just a few hours to Rica your SIM card, if you

haven’t done so already.

Today is deadline for all SIM cards and all devices that use SIMs to be Rica’d to avoid being disconnected.

Network service providers have spent millions of rands on campaigns to make sure that their customers adhere to the call, and Rica their SIM cards before tonight’s final cut-off.

Come tomorrow all SIM card devices will be disconnected if they have not been registered.

Cell C executive head of sales and distribution Sue Kennedy said that while registrations have picked up dramatically in the last few days, there are still many customers who need to Rica their SIM cards.

Ashleigh Dubbelman, Vodacom’s senior specialist in corporate communication, said municipalities and local businesses should register all their SIM card-operated machines, such as tracking devices and all pre-paid electricity meters.

Vodacom has deployed over 170 000 Rica agents across the country to help about one million customers to beat the deadline.

The Rica centres in taxi ranks and townships will be open from 10 am to 8 pm.

To register you need your ID book and proof of residence, such as a current utility bill.

Bridget Bhengu, public relations and communications officer for MTN SA, said subscribers can register their SIM cards at stores such as Pep and Edcon.

Bhengu urged cellphone users who live in informal settlements and rural areas and who might not have fixed residential addresses to get an affidavit with a stamp from a school, church or retail store where they receive their post.

Children without ID documents should be registered under their parents’ details.

Most of the service providers’ retail and franchise outlets will be open until late to cater for the last-minute rush.

Vodacom and MTN stores at Liberty Midlands Mall will operate from 9 am to 6 pm, and Cell C will be open for an extra hour, from 9 am to 7 pm, in order to deal with the influx.

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