How it works is you’ll be able to request R10-worth of advance airtime from Vodacom and the amount will be deducted next time you recharge. This is limited to R10, so it’s really like being thrown a lifeline when you’re stuck. But you have to repay the full R10 advance before you take another one, which means this doesn’t function as a credit line.
To qualify, you need to have been active on the Vodacom network for 12 months or longer, you must have recharged with a minimum of R29 (including VAT) a month (this can be cumulative) over the previous six months, and you must have completed the Rica process.
To see if you qualify, dial *111*082#.
The catch is that a service fee of R1 will be charged for every R10 advance granted, so this isn’t a freebie. On the other hand, if a
simple “Please call me” won’t suffice—say, you need to explain to someone where you are, or whether you’ve been delayed at a meeting and
so on—then it’s good to know you’ll be able to make a call in a pinch