The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies is set to present its proposal to extend the payment of TV licence fees to include streaming services like Netflix as of 25 November 2020.

The Broadcasting Act currently requires South Africans to pay a TV licence fee for viewing “broadcasting services”. South Africans are also not allowed to buy a television without a TV licence, a requirement that is enforced by retailers.

Failure to be in possession of a valid television licence when owning a television and watching broadcasting services is a civil offence. Any person who fails pay their TV License is committing an offence and is liable, upon conviction in a criminal court, to a fine not exceeding R500 in relation to each offence and/or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months.

As it currently stands, the definition of “broadcasting services” applies to content viewed on a television. The department now wants to broaden the definition of a “broadcasting service” to include online broadcasting services.

If this proposal goes through, it means that people will require a TV licence to watch streaming services like Netflix, Apple +, Showmax, and Amazon Prime.

This is part of an attempt to increase TV licence revenue and compliance, which has come under pressure over the past few years.

The SABC’s annual report for the 2019/2020 financial year revealed that less than a quarter of TV licences were paid over last year. This is due to the mass migration from traditional television to streaming services.

This new implementation however does come with a few concerns. One major concern being that if you are subscribed to multiple streaming services for example Netflix, HBO and Prime Video, this new regulation is unclear on if you will be paying one fee as a end user or

Have your say about TV licence fees

The TV licence fee proposal is contained in the Draft White Paper on Audio and Audio-visual Content Services Policy Framework: A New Vision for South Africa 2020.

This draft white paper is open for public comment until the end of the month (16:00 on 30 November 2020).

Comments can be sent to the acting Director-General of the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies via email – aacs@dtps.gov.za.

The full Draft White Paper on Audio and Audio-visual Content Services Policy Framework is embedded below.

Information and Documentation sourced from My Broadband.

Black Friday is only a few days away now and as the excitement and anticipation builds it is imperative that we all consider our own security on the Internet. The beauty of Black Friday shopping is that majority of purchases can be done online. As convenient and simple as online shopping may seem, it is important that you shop safely online.

How do I know an online store is secure?

Before entering any personal and identifiable information on a website, make sure it is secure. Below are some quick tips that you can use to establish whether a site is secure or indeed if it is not.

Check the SSL Certificate

Look at the URL of the website. If it begins with “https” instead of “http” it means the site is secured using an SSL certificate (the s stands for secure). SSL certificates secure all of your data as it is passed from your browser to the website’s server. To get an SSL certificate, the company must go through a validation process.

There are a few different levels of validation companies ca apply for and some of them are easier to comply with than others.

The lowest level of validation, Domain Validation (DV), simply validates ownership of the domain and not the legitimacy of the organization requesting the certificate or your personal details. In other words, if you bought the domain “shopping.com” and requested a certificate for it, you would get the certificate because you can prove that you own the domain.

The highest level of validation, Extended Validation (EV), is the safest and most extensive. With Extended Validation the company requesting the certificate has to prove their identity as well as their legitimacy as a business. You can tell if a site has an EV certificate by looking at the address bar. See what it looks like in each browser when a website uses an EV certificate:

Look at the Domain

Cyber attackers will sometimes create websites that mimic existing websites and try to trick people into entering personal/financial information. This tactic is called phishing. These sites often look exactly like the real website.

Let’s use the same example as before: a cyber attacker purchases the domain “shopping.com” and sets up a website at that location that looks exactly like the shopping.com website. They buy a DV certificate for their website and try to trick users (by using phishing emails or other methods) to purchase items or log into their accounts on the mimic “phishing” site.

To avoid these kinds of attacks, always look at the URL (domain name) of the site you are on. If you get an email from your bank or other online vendor, don’t click the link in the email. Type the domain into your browser to make sure you are connecting to the valid, intended website.

Look for Signs that the Company Is Real

There are a few signs that you can look for to help you know if a company is real or not.

Physical address and phone number – If the company lists a physical address and phone number there is a higher chance that they are a real business. Reputable companies will list their information so you can contact them if there is a problem.

Return policy – Reputable sites should list their return policy as well as their shipping policy. If you can’t find these policies on their site, you probably don’t want to purchase from them.

Prices are too low to believe – It’s great when you find a bargain, but you should be weary of sites that offer products for prices that are far lower than they should be. You could end up with knock-off merchandise, stolen goods, or not get anything at all.

Privacy statement – Reputable sites should tell you how they protect your information and whether they give your information to third parties. You should make sure a site has a privacy statement and read it before you make a purchase.

Website security Information Provided by Digicert.

Is there another way of purchasing online without my billing information?

A virtual card lets you pay online and on your favourite apps without ever having to take your card from your wallet or exposing your actual account information.

You can create a virtual card on your Standard Bank app, load money onto it and use it for whatever you need.

Like a physical card, it lets you pay online and via the app, but you never have to give your credit or debit card details.

Creating a virtual card is free, and it’s flexible to your needs. Once you’ve created it, you can use it to shop online for whatever you want – both locally and internationally.

You also have the option to create and shop using store-only virtual cards at Standard Bank’s online partners, such as Takealot, Uber, Travelstart, Zando and Admyt.

Some of the main benefits of a virtual card are

  • That you can decide how much money to load, as and when you need it.
  • Your money is available instantly, and you can top up or withdraw for once-off payments and ongoing transactions.
  • You also never have to worry about a lost, stolen or duplicated card either.
  • You can create or delete a virtual card at any time without stepping into a Standard Bank branch or filling out a form.
  • There’s no application time; processing is quick, and you don’t have to wait for your card to arrive.

Virtual Card information provided by Business Tech.

 

The Sabie Cycle Tour took place over three days, covering an average of 350 km per day per cyclist. The team worked hard and pushed through 36 degree weather and steep hill climbs. Our cyclists shared some spectacular views with us documenting their journey through Mpumalanga.

We are proud to announce that we raised R1000.00 for CANSA to go towards research for male breast cancer.

Infraplex is excited to share this journey with you and hope that even though breast cancer awareness month is over, we continue to educate ourselves, create awareness and take care of our bodies especially during this pandemic.

Infraplex would like to thank each of the following team members for their incredible effort and outstanding endurance throughout he entire tour:

John Jervis
Tyrone de Longchamps
Oliver Venter
Mike Punnett
Rodney Daniels
Duncan Gilliland

We look forward to more cycle tours in the future.

When choosing between DSTV Add Movies or Netflix it is important to consider every part of your package from price, amount of users and of course most importantly value for money.

DSTV has created an Add Movies package (details below) .

“MultiChoice recently launched a new Add Movies bundle, which can be purchased in addition to standard DStv subscription.

Add Movies is priced at R99 per month and includes access to M-Net Movies 1, M-Net Movies 2, and fliekNET.

The package is available to Compact Plus, Compact, Access, EasyView, Indian, and Family customers. Premium subscribers already get access to these channels.” – Jamie McKane for My broadband.

Netflix Content and Plans

Below are the number of shows available on Netflix at the time of writing.

Netflix Content
Series 1,783
Movies 3,545

The pricing for Netflix South Africa’s packages is shown in the table below.

Note that Netflix has been testing Mobile and Mobile+ streaming plans in the country, but these only support streaming on portable devices and at lower resolutions.

Netflix plans Netflix Basic Netflix Standard Netflix Premium
Resolution 480p 1080p 4K HDR
Watch on your TV Yes Yes Yes
Watch on your smartphone or tablet Yes Yes Yes
Watch on your laptop Yes Yes Yes
Simultaneous streams 1 2 4
Multiple registered devices Yes Yes Yes
Price per month R99 R139 R169

DSTV Add Movies

Shows: 14 – 16 October

The table shows all the titles airing on the M-Net Movies 1, M-Net Movies 2, and FliekNET channels from the morning of 14 October until midnight on 16 October.

This serves to provide an idea of the shows which are available on a three-day basis via DStv’s Add Movies bundles. Repeats have been omitted.

M-Net Movies 1
The Halloween Family Toy Story 4
Black Knight The Sun is Also a Star
Mom’s Night Out The Aftermath
Rocketman A Fantastic Fear of Everything
Boy Erased Wedding March 5: My Boyfriend’s Back
Will To Love Secret Millionaire
Turu: The Wacky Hen Chasing Liberty
The Kid Who Would Be King Spycies
The LEGO Movie 2 Five Feet Apart
Edge of Seventeen The Baby Proposal
Jexi A Time to Kill
You Don’t Know Jack Racetime
Alpha Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
Mr Peabody & Sherman How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Addams Family Values The Nutcracker And The Four Realms
The Hustle American Pie: The Wedding
Ghost Team Men, Women & Children
M-Net Movies 2
3022 Light of My Life
Second Sight Searching
Replicas Line of Duty
Overlord Pet Sematary
Into The Dark Chronicle Mysteries: The Deep End
On the Parth To Paradise Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver
Tangent Room Jumper
Segfault Aurora Teagarden 12
Hunter Killer Holmes & Watson
Collateral Rampage
Ma The Nanny
Feedback The Boy
Crossword Mysteries: A Puzzle to Die For Witness To Murder: A Darrow Mystery
Gone Daughter Gone Pretty Little Stalker
Syriana The Keeping Hours
Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker Terminator: Dark Fate
The Rhythm Section Stuber
Sea Fever
FliekNET
Semi-soet Ons Stories
Dit was Aand En Dit Was More Stroom Op: Theuns Eloff
Stroom Op: Franklin Son Erfgenaam
Die Silwerskermfees Kortflieks ‘n Man Soos My Pa
Wonderlus Daar Doer In Die Fliek
Die Spaanse Vlieg Bossies
Ikaya Hoofmeisie
Fiela Se Kind Gee Jou Hart Vir Hillbrow
Nicolene Dis Ek, Anna
Paljas 100 Meter Leeuloop
Verkeerde Nommer Stroom Op: Ton Vosloo
Rian – Nelson Mandela Special Skollie
Die Seemeeu

Depending on personal preference and current packages you already have, we hope this information can assist you in making a choice.

For more information on DSTV Add Movies vs Netflix click here

In today’s climate, the demand for news exposure coupled with sensation has led to an exceptionally high demand for sensational news pieces. This with the idea of subjective opinions thrown in to the mix has led us to a society where we cannot tell fake news from reality anymore.

It is important as citizens to know that the news articles we ready are factual, this is why it is important to know which news sources are credible or not. Below is a list of known fake news websites.

We feel it is important for us to share these sources with you to discourage the sharing of fake news stories that spread over social media, which can ultimately taint your ideals. We all have a right to stay informed as well as a responsibility to educate ourselves to ensure we only share news from credible news outlets.

Here is a list of both national and international websites that have been confirmed to be fake news.

SA Based Fake News Sites:

• African News Updates
• blackopinion.co.za
• mzansitimes.com
• Nationalnewsbulletin.com
• News24-TV
• Pretorialive

International Based Fake News Sites: (that are known to publish articles related to SA):

  • • ab-tc.com [USA] • Abcnewgo.com [USA] • AfricaNewsUpdate.com
    • AfricanNewsUpdates.com
    • AllNews.co.za [USA] • AllNews1.com [USA] • AllReport.co.za [USA] • AllTheNews.co.za [USA] • ANewJerusalem.com
    • BestNews.co.za [USA] • BreeknuusZA.com [USA] • CitySun [USA] • DailySun.fun
    • Dodgysaministers.com [Bulgaria] • GautengPraise.com
    • Gossipmillsa.com – Gossip Mill Mzansi [USA] • hdnews24h.blogspot.com [USA] • Hinnews.com [USA] • Hinviral.com [USA] • iMzansi [USA] • Live Monitor [USA] • LiveReport.co.za [USA] • Lovejessy.com [Ukraine] • Mzansi LIVE [USA] • Mzansistories.com [USA] • Mzansistories.co.za [USA] • Mzansistories.inf [USA] • NationalNewsBulletin.com
    • News360.co.za [EU] • Newsatlast.com
    • Newsatlastsa.online [USA] • Newsdaily.co.za [Canada] • NewSoweto.co.za [USA] • Newspage.co.za [UK] • Newsupdatessa.site [USA] and Facebook Page
    • NewToilet.xyz [USA] • Nusa.site [USA] • Operanewsapp.com [USA] • Sanews247.blogspot.co.za [USA] • Sa-news.com [USA] • Satirenews.co.za [USA] • Southafricabuzz.co.za [USA] • South Africa Latest News [UK] • SouthAfricaToday.net [USA] • SouthAfricaUncut.com [USA] • Southern Daily [USA] • Sultrysource.com [USA] • TheReports.co.za
    • TimesOfBotswana.com
    • Timesl1ve.co.za [USA] • Trendsdaily.co.za [USA] • Tumfweko.com [USA] • The-watchdog.wixsite.com [USA] • ucrtv.com [USA] • Wmcleaks.com [USA] • Worldwatch.site [USA] • Xpouzar.com [USA] • ZANews.xyz

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2020 has proved to be one of the most challenging years of our time. Our economy has taken a huge knock, creating a huge ripple effect into how our business and daily lives function.

Al businesses, both big and small have had to adapt and change their environment to ensure the health and safety of staff and customers. We understand that the shift to remote working and work from home solutions have brought technological challenges to businesses that are not equipped or informed on how to make the transition, maintain the transition and enforce new technological principles to implement remote working as a permanent solution. This will also help businesses and staff members save on costs to house staff in big buildings.

Getting your staff and business connected.

Of course, for employees to conduct work from home successfully there needs to be programs and systems in place to make the process as effortless as possible.
Microsoft 365 has multiple features and programs to connect all your internal business properties. Microsoft Teams has gone on to be one of the most secure, functional and versatile form of online communication to successfully collaborate amongst employees and business alike.

“The outstanding functionalities, easy access from all devices, interactive chat functions, and
opportunity to collaborate in real time gave this event a human touch. Microsoft Teams fostered strong inclusion and sense of collaboration between the two large global teams.”
—Reza Honarmand, VP Software & Cloud, Tech Data

Ensuring your business compliance.

POPIA was implemented to enforce the ownership of personal information and the permissions around using it.The POPI Act sets forth eight conditions for the lawful processing of personal information. These conditions address how organizations demonstrate accountability for ensuring they respect the privacy of individuals in South Africa.

Citizens will have more control over the processing and privacy of their information, which will result in fewer spam calls and reduced exposure of their personal details to companies. The provisions which are to be commenced from 1 July may result in “cold calling” no longer being allowed and will impose a significant burden on direct marketers to secure databases of personal information. Companies will also need to ensure their customer data is processed securely and in line with the regulations, or they will face hefty fines. Importantly, POPIA includes provisions for the disclosure and processing of personal information. In cases which fall outside of these categories, personal information may not be processed or disclosed – providing South Africans with protection against companies that would use their personal data unscrupulously.

Infraplex is partnered with SOPHOS to help individuals and business owners comply with POPIA protocols and regulations. The SOPHOS XG firewall comes with a multitude of settings to assist in data protection, intrusion prevention and information regulation.

Getting you and your staff connected.

Having all of these wonderful products and features cannot work of course without a reliable internet connection. Infraplex has a variety of options available for your staff and your business. Our business fibre options offer a 1:1 contention ratio ensuring that you will get the most out of your fibre connectivity. We also have fibre to the home packages to connect your staff.

Powering you during load shedding.

Load-shedding recently returned to South Africa, which means that many people may need to buy backup electricity solutions to keep important electronics running while the power is out. This requirement has been exacerbated by the increased prevalence of working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How much power will I need?

To figure out which power trolley you would require, you must calculate the power consumption of your PC.

Infraplex has a few options on offer from Nova Neptune. Before making your choice, our sales team will evaluate how much energy it will take to power your internet and devices for a load shedding period.

While an entry-level PC power supply will be rated between 200W to 250W, high-end PCs like gaming desktops can use upwards of 500W, depending on the exact components used.

To determine the amount of power your computer will draw, you must add the power consumption of all the components – including the motherboard, graphics card, memory, and storage devices together.

There are various online power supply calculators available, which allows you to calculate the estimated power consumption of your particular desktop build. Monitors will also need their own power supply, which is typically around 30W for a standard 17-inch LCD panel. Additionally, if you want your router to stay powered, this would on average require a further 20W. The total power needed for an entry-level computer can therefore be calculated as follows: 250W + 30W + 20W = 300W. If you want to keep this computer powered on throughout load-shedding, the total standby capacity required would then be 600Wh for two hours, while a four-hour load-shedding period would need 1,200Wh (1.2kWh).

Our Nova Neptune range caters for a multitude of power supply capacities. We are sure to have the best option for you visit our online store at shop.infraplex.net

All of these business solutions are readily available for you. Consult with our sales teams to find the best solutions for you.

Email sales@infraplex.net

or

call 010 590 8856

Openserve recently postponed the switch-off of its DSL and copper-based services from 1 September to 1 December 2020.

“We have taken a decision to announce a conditional extension to this initiative, to allow for as many users as possible to be migrated over to OFC before the DSL services are discontinued,” Openserve said.

“The details provided by Openserve regarding the extension are as follows:

  • DSL users in the identified areas now have until 30 November 2020 to be migrated to OFC.
  • Assurance incidents (fault requests) for the identified services will only be accepted up to and including 31 October 2020.
  • It is therefore expected that faulty DSL services will be migrated to fibre when such faults are reported.
  • Any remaining affected DSL services in the OFC footprint will be discontinued on 01 December 2020. Consideration will be given in cases where an OFC has been ordered but not installed yet.

Openserve’s extension means that DSL customers have until December 2020 to prepare themselves for the transition to fibre.

While the delay gives DSL customers some time, it is still worth preparing early to ensure that the transition is seamless.” – Prior, B: My Broadband.

Infraplex is here to assist our existing ADSL customers as well as any consumer currently on an ADSL line and need assistance to migrate over to a fibre connection.

Tom Gerencer, a technical Analyst fo HP discusses the following 10 advantages to having fibre internet.

1. Speed

Fiber optic internet speed is 1 Gbps. That’s 10 to 20 times speedier than the 50 to 100 Mbps cable most of us know now. For a concrete fiber optic vs cable internet speed comparison, see the list below. It shows how long it takes to download a 2-hour movie on fiber optic vs cable internet.
Time to download a 2-hour HD movie:
  • Fiber optic internet speed 1 Gbps: 40 seconds
  • Cable internet speed 100 Mbps: 7 minutes
  • DSL speed 25 Mbps: 30 minutes [3]
  • 4G LTE speed 35 Mbps: 25 minutes
  • 5G internet speed 10 Gbps: 4 seconds [4]

2. Reliability

We’ve all had it happen. You’re watching The Incredibles with the kids and suddenly Bob Parr’s face gets blocky. He freezes in mid air. Is it a diabolical freeze ray? No, it’s your slow cable internet connection. Your 4-year-old says, “Daddy, why did it stop?”
The truth is that your cable connection should be fast enough to stream video without interruption, but peak traffic overloads the wires. That’s where fiber optic internet vs cable speed differences get obvious. Fiber optics can handle more users and more data at consistently higher speeds.
Another bonus? Fiber optic cable internet doesn’t need energized lines, so it’s not as prone to outages as cable internet. As long as the fiber optic cable stays intact, it can keep delivering your bits and bytes even when the lights are out [5].

3. No throttling

Have you ever noticed the power goes out just when you need it most? On a hot summer Sunday for instance, when you really, really want your air conditioner to work? That’s because those hot days overload our powerlines. Everyone is maxing out their A/C at the same time.
The same thing happens with our cable internet systems. Internet providers use “throttling” to prevent those outages. At peak times, your ISP may lower your cable speed from 100 Mbps to 20 or lower to ration their service. Fiber optic internet speed doesn’t throttle because it’s less susceptible to overload.

4. Same speed for download and upload

“I downloaded this movie in 3 minutes but it took 3 hours to upload.” If you’ve ever said that, you’re not alone. Cable internet has different speeds for download and upload, and upload speeds are a lot slower. That’s based on how people use the internet. Most of us do a lot more downloading than uploading, so internet providers give most of their bandwidth to downloads.
With fiber optic internet speed, that slow upload time goes out the window. Because there’s no worry of overloading the system, fiber optic internet providers can give equal shrift to uploads and downloads alike. That makes it easier to share files and work from home with fiber optic cable internet service.
Image Source: Spectrum.com [6]

5. Higher quality TV

Just bought a 4K TV or thinking about buying one? Sales of Ultra High Definition 4K TVs have reached 108 million so far in 2019 [7]. Those TVs pack four times more pixels into the same real estate, which makes for much crisper pictures. But it also sucks a lot more bandwidth from your internet connection.
With speeds of 100 Mbps or less, cable internet may struggle at times to deliver 4K internet streaming. Fiber optic internet service won’t even bat an eye at it. A fiber optic connection running at even a sub-optimal 500 Mbps should have no trouble streaming high-quality 4K TV and movies.

6. Better gameplay

If you love playing Fortnite or League of Legends, you may already know fiber optic internet speed is the holy grail of gaming connections. It’s not that gaming uses mega bandwidth. In fact, compared to high-quality video streaming, gaming sips a tiny fraction of the data at less than 1 Mbps.
So what’s the problem? Consistency. A tiny hiccup at the wrong moment can get you killed in your game of choice. And there are lots of little hiccups in a cable internet or DSL connection all the time. Thanks to fiber optic internet providers, the smooth and constant flow of data means whenever you twitch your mouse hand, the game obeys [7].

7. Healthier

You may have heard about the race for 5G internet access. Carriers like Verizon and AT&T are hustling to blanket the nation with the new, lightning-fast service. It boasts speeds of 10 Gbps, which is 10 times faster than fiber optic internet speed. So why even bother with fiber optics?
One reason is that fiber optic cable internet may be better for us. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there’s no reason to fear 5G wireless internet signals because they can’t penetrate human skin. But hundreds of scientists and medical professionals recently petitioned the WHO, claiming 5G will boosts the potential for cancer. Fiber optic signals remain trapped in their cables, so they don’t carry those fears [8].

8. Connecting with multiple devices

Gone are the days of the “household computer.” We now have multiple devices in our homes, from laptops to PCs to tablets, phones, smart speakers. As our internet use increases, our need for reliable and fast data transmission does, too.
Fiber optic internet providers ride to the rescue. The steady signal with less signal loss and 10 times more bandwidth means we can connect with multiple tablets, laptops and several phones at once. Even with different people streaming music and video simultaneously, fiber optics can handle the load.

9. Safety

Faster connections from fiber optic cable internet service and 5G aren’t just for fun; they’ll make our world a safer place. The US government laid out the National Broadband Plan in 2010 [9], and it calls for improved public safety through a more robust national network.
As the plan notes, first responders need faster, more reliable internet to get voice, data, and video to help them save lives. Better internet also gives all Americans deeper access to emergency services. It also provides more reliable notification in times of disaster and stronger national security.

10. Telemedicine

No one loves going to the doctor. You miss hours of work while you languish in waiting rooms. You answer the same questions over and over about street address and medication allergies. But can fiber optic internet providers really help with that? Yes, they can.
Telemedicine lets health care professionals evaluate, diagnose, and even treat patients remotely. Much faster fiber optic internet speeds make telemedicine more reliable, thanks to higher resolution video chats. It can help the elderly and those with disabilities live more independently as well.
It is essential for all our customers to feel at ease through the transition from ADSL to fibre internet. Our sales team are well informed on how to get you migrated over. To learn more on our home solutions offering please visit our Home Solutions Page

Over the past few months demand for connectivity has increased significantly while business implement “work from home” strategies and more consumers seek entertainment online. Infraplex’s objective is to meet some of this demand and connect as many South Africans as possible though a quality service and premium support.

“Infraplex is seeking to establish strategic partnerships with FNO (Fibre Network operators) in order to expand its market reach and coverage. Infraplex is an established MSP and ISP who offer premium services including; Security, VoIP, conferencing, remote connectivity and a number of others, facilitating the “stay home stay safe” drive. Infraplex is proud to announce a new strategic partnership with TT Connect as one of the partners who will assist in achieving the Infraplex vision”. – Duncan Gilliland (Infraplex Managing Director)

TT Connect, believes in providing premium, reliable fibre networks to their clients covering predominantly the eastern areas of Johannesburg. Infraplex is now offering both home and business fibre connectivity packages on these networks.

This new partnership is sure to bring great things for the road ahead. Infraplex and TT Connect will be able to bring authentic home and business services to the local market.

I see prosperity and unity to both ISP and FNO alike.

Eskom has announced that it will implement stage 2 load-shedding from 12:00 until 22:00 on Tuesday 1 September.

The power utility said that the rolling blackouts would be implemented due to the breakdown of 10 generation units at seven different power stations over the last two days.

“Eskom regrets to inform the public that due to a severely constrained generation system as a result of multiple unit breakdowns, it has become necessary to implement stage 2 load-shedding from 12:00 until 22:00 today,” Eskom said in a statement.

“Ten generation units at seven power stations suffered breakdowns in the last 48 hours.”

A single generator each broke down at the Arnot, Medupi, Lethabo, and Matla power stations, while two generation units each at the Majuba, Camden, and Tutuka power stations also broke down.

Eskom said that these breakdowns, together with the need to conserve emergency generation reserve, necessitate the implementation of load-shedding to protect the integrity of the national power grid.

Unplanned breakdowns stand at 11,665MW of capacity, with planned maintenance resulting in the further unavailability of 4,558MW of generation capacity.

As much as the load shedding situation is frustrating to all South Africans, Infraplex can offer a solution to assist in keeping you connected to the internet during this time. We have a portable LinkQnet UPS available too keep your router running up to 5 hours.

 

Our LinkQnet power banks provide you with 9V to 24V of power and come with a full year warranty. LinkQnet UPS power bank can be connected to your router to ensure you have connectivity through load shedding. Click here to shop now

For more information about Stage 2 load shedding click here

With growth and evolution comes change.

DSTV has decided to restructure the movie and sport channels to bring you streamlined categorisation and simple navigation to your favourite DSTV channels. Apart from the channel changes, DSTV and SuperSport have decided to drop the numbering system it has used for its channels for the past two decades, replacing it with a thematic offering around individual sports.

It said this change would make it easier for viewers to find their favourite sports.

DStv changes

The table below provides an overview of all the big DStv changes which were announced in recent weeks.

Apart from the availability of the ESPN and ESPN2 channels, the changes will kick in on 1 September 2020.

M-Net Movies Changes
Channel Current From 1 September 2020 Lowest Subscription
104 M-Net Movies Premier M-Net Movies 1 Premium
105 M-Net Movies Smile
106 M-Net Movies Action+ M-Net Movies 2 Premium
107 M-Net Movies 3 Compact
108 M-Net Movies 4 Access
110 M-Net Movies Action
111 M-Net Movies All Stars M-Net Movies Pop-Up Premium
139 M-Net Movies Zone
BBC Changes
119 BBC First
120 BBC Brit BBC Brit Compact
Supersport Changes
200 SuperSport Blitz – 24 hour sports news and highlights Blitz – 24 hour sports news and highlights Access
201 SuperSport 1 – Rugby, 7s, Golf, Premium Variety Grandstand – Best of any live content. Premium
202 SuperSport 2 – Cricket, Motorsport, Tennis, Cycling, Premium Variety PSL – PSL and other South African football Compact
203 SuperSport 3 – EPL / UCL/ UEL / FIFA / UEFA Internationals Premier League – EPL, UCL, UEL, International games Compact
204 SuperSport 4 – Super Diski channel / Bafana Bafana / AFCON / CAF / FIFA La Liga – LaLiga, UCL, UEL, International games Family
205 SuperSport 5 – Variety Premium sport / UEFA / UEL / EPL Overflow Football – Serie A, additional EPL, UCL, UEL, International games Family
206 SuperSport 6 – Variety Premium sport / UEFA / UEL / EPL Overflow Variety 1 – Cycling, swimming, additional golf, cricket, tennis, rugby, football Compact Plus
207 SuperSport 7 – La Liga / CAF / FIFA / UEFA international matches Variety 2 – Gymnastics, squash, sailing, hockey, additional football Compact Plus
208 SuperSport 8 – Rugby / Hockey / Extreme sports / Nascar / Tennis 500s / Squash / LPGA tour / IAAF Diamond League / International Boxing Variety 3 – Athletics, Marathons, WWE live, PSL, additional football Compact
209 SuperSport 9 – African leagues / PSL overflow / Marathons Variety 4 – Local sports: netball, schools rugby, varsity sports, BNL, MDC, SRC, WWE highlights Access
210 SuperSport 10 – FTA PSL / MDC / SRC / Schools rugby / varsity sport / BNL / Netball / Horse racing Action – Adrenalin sports, UFC, EFC, Boxing, additional rugby, cricket, tennis, motorsport Compact Plus
211 SuperSport 11 – Golf, rugby, motorsport, watersport, boxing, tennis and soccer. Rugby – Springboks, Super Rugby, Currie Cup, Test Matches, Sevens Premium
212 SuperSport 12 – Golf, rugby, motorsport, watersport, boxing, tennis and soccer. Cricket – Proteas, ICC Events, International Cricket, IPL Premium
213 SuperSport 13 – Golf, rugby, motorsport, watersport, boxing, tennis and soccer. Golf – Majors, PGA Tour, European Tour, Sunshine Tour Premium
214 Tennis – Grans Slams, ATP 1000, ATP 500, ATP 250 Premium
215 Motorsport – F1, Moto GP, Superbikes, Supercars, Formule E Premium
218 ESPN – EFL, Dutch Eredivisie and MLS. ESPN – EFL, Dutch Eredivisie and MLS. Compact
219 ESPN2 – NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS and NHL. ESPN2 – NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS and NHL. Compact Plus
236 WWE – Live events, RAW, SmackDown, WrestleMania, SummerSlam Compact

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