Friday is a day that many see as a day to sit back, relax and try to do as little work as possible, while looking as busy as possible, but South African businesses and internet users around the country are furious as lines go down with no back-up.
For some reason there has not been more of a hype about this on Twitter, but that is probably because the majority of Twitter users in South Africa are working off their 3G connection and the rest of the users can’t tweet about it because they simply don’t have any internet access.
After doing loads of waiting for Google News results to show up, I eventually found an article on the most reliable source for internet and tech related queries in the country, MyBroadBand.co.za in the post they put out called, ADSL International Connectivity Problems, where they explain what the actual problem is.
Here is the tweet that @RSAWEB put out this morning which states that this problem is only going to be sorted out on Sunday! WHAAAT, a weekend without internet… What will we do?
Cable suppliers say that the SAT3 cable will be restored on 1 July, we’re rerouting via other cable systems. Support is on hand to assist.
— RSAWEB (@RSAWEB) June 29, 2012
My suggestion to all those who don’t know what to do without internet in South Africa:
- Cape Town: Go climb a mountain
- Johannesburg: Go hi-jack a car
- Durban: Go for a surf
- Welkom: Go drive around the horse-shoe