UCT students and staff members can now access eduroam in all public airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA). This is thanks to a public-private partnership between the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), ACSA and TENET. (Visit the TENET website for more information on this initiative.)

This follows the introduction of eduroam at numerous City of Cape Town libraries, along with access at public healthcare facilities including Groote Schuur Hospital, Mowbray Maternity Hospital, Victoria Hospital, and Alexandra Hospital. (Access the eduroam South Africa interactive map to see where else eduroam is available.)

How to use eduroam at airports and other participating public locations

  1. While you're still at UCT, set up your laptop or mobile device to use eduroam.
  2. When you visit another eduroam-affiliated institution, enable your device's wireless setting.
  3. Connect to the eduroam service, which will appear as a wireless service.
  4. Log on using your UCT username (e.g. and password.
  5. Instantaneously, the host institution will send an authentication request to verify your credentials. Once authenticated, you are able to access their wireless network and the internet.

Be a responsible visitor

At UCT, we’re fortunate to have more available bandwidth and infrastructure resources than many other local institutions. So when you visit other institutions, you need to be considerate of your host.

Failure to do so puts strain on your host’s infrastructure, inconveniences their staff and students, and tarnishes UCT’s reputation in the eduroam community.

When you visit other institutions, please:

  • Limit the number of wireless devices you use simultaneously:
    Find out how many devices your host will allow you to connect and remain within this limit. Limits vary depending on your host’s capacity, and your host can track the number of devices you connect. If you exceed the limit and your host lodges a complaint with UCT, we are obliged to take action against you.
  • Familiarise yourself with the rules:
    Read and abide by the eduroam National Policy for South Africa.

Don’t share your UCT username and password with anyone else. Doing so can be in breach of the local participating eduroam service provider’s acceptable use policy – which can result in you losing access to eduroam both at UCT and elsewhere.