UCT students and staff members can now access eduroam in 57 of the City of Cape Town's public libraries. The move is the culmination of about two years of negotiation and work involving TENET (Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa), the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC), the four Western Cape universities, and the City of Cape Town.

It is thought to be the first instance of eduroam hosted on city-wide and city-owned infrastructure in Africa.

Visit the TENET website for further information.  

Where is it available?

Access the eduroam South Africa interactive map to see which libraries eduroam is available at.  

How to use eduroam at public libraries

  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.