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Bulk SMS service provider steps in to assist


Bulk SMS provider SMSPortal, run by Mandela University Alumni, have stepped up to the plate and donated 100 000 SMS’s to the university to enable effective communication with students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Adopting our motto of Together We Can – SMSPortal have further strengthened their long-standing relationship with the University showing that we can all make a difference by doing our bit.

SMSPortal, is the brainchild of two entrepreneurs, James Pearce, a BSc Computer Science graduate, and Charles Stretch a BCom graduate, and was started in 2002 in the garage of a PE home. 

The bulk SMS service provider serves as a marketing tool for business owners, and has grown to a R700 million business today.

The market leader in its sector, the company has a global footprint, with just about every major blue chip financial and retail institution as clients, including Anglo American, Pick ‘n Pay, Toyota and Sanlam.  They are now also a 30% Black Female owned business.

In 2013, James and Charles received the prestigious Alumni Rising Star Award from the University in recognition of their outstanding entrepreneurial work. 

This is not the first time that SMSPortal have stepped in during crisis times, in 2016, during Fees Must Fall, they donated half a million SMS’s to the University to assist with communicating to students.