A Mobile Network with a social cause

A proudly black-owned mobile network with an Afrocentric identity, affordable price point and a community-centric rewards programme and value proposition. It is our mission to leverage existing and new partnerships with both local and international stakeholders with the sole purpose of enabling stronger and cheaper connectivity in underserved communities

Bayede Community

Community members on our network will benefit from Value Added Services we will develop through strategic partnerships with both local and international organizations.

Switch to Bayede Mobile

Once you switch to Bayede, your monthly airtime spend directly benefits the community while you get access to all Bayede subscriber benefits.

Affordable Airtime

We offer affordable airtime rates, WhatsApp, data and SMS bundles, along with discounted Bayede to Bayede call rates.



His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu is the custodian and leader of the Zulu nation, and a world renowned and respected African leader with vested interest in the success and wellbeing of all South Africans and success of the African continent. The King has over the years observed with great concern the high unemployment rate and economic exclusion of rural communities, which according to His Majesty is the root cause of all manner of social ills. It is for this reason that the King has sought to partner with different stakeholders and industries as an economic intervention to this plight.

About Us

Bayede Mobile is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) established through a strategic partnership forged between His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini and private investors from JB Holdings. The investment from JB Holdings was instrumental in providing CAPEX and funding the appointment of a well-established Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) for the technical operations of the network.
The decision by the group to start a mobile network was informed by His Majesty’s desire to develop a sustainable funding model which will fund community development projects identified in the province and other rural communities across the country.
Our core business model is driven by the concept of ‘Community Network’. We aim to provide communities with the opportunity to organise themselves into social groups with the common goal of earning shared resources and discounts as a collective when they stay on the same mobile network.

Our Value Proposition

  • Cheaper voice & data compared to MNOs
  • Social Investment back into Communities
  • Community Network business model
  • Subnetwork opportunities for community groups
  • Shared Resources for rural communities
  • Community Activism & Engagement
  • Services provided in isiZulu and English
  • Promotion of African culture and identity

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