Social Media has become part of our daily routines, filling in the time gaps we have during breaks, meals and bedtimes. But do South Africans really know how much time they spend on Social Media?

Just oput into perspective of how big our nation is we should note that South Africa had a population of 59.67 million in January 2021. South Africa’s population increased by 741 thousand (+1.3%) between January 2020 and January 2021.

There were 38.19 million internet users in South Africa in January 2021. The number of internet users in South Africa increased by 1.7 million (+4.5%) between 2020 and 2021, which means that internet penetration in South Africa stood at 64.0% in January 2021.

There were 25.00 million social media users in South Africa in January 2021. The number of social media users in South Africa increased by 3.0 million (+14%) between 2020 and 2021. The number of social media users in South Africa was equivalent to 41.9% of the total population in January 2021.

There were 100.6 million mobile connections in South Africa in January 2021. The number of mobile connections in South Africa increased by 817 thousand (+0.8%) between January 2020 and January 2021. The number of mobile connections in South Africa in January 2021 was equivalent to 168.5% of the total population. Note: many people have more than one mobile connection, so figures for mobile connections may exceed 100% of the total population.

WhatsApp is the most popular social media in South Africa. As of the third quarter of 2020, some 93 percent of internet users in the country used the messaging app. YouTube and Facebook followed closely, with a penetration rate of 92 percent and 87 percent, respectively. The number of WhatsApp users in South Africa is estimated to reach 28.6 million users by 2026. In 2021, WhatsApp counted almost 23 million users in the country.

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Social Media Statistics in South Africa –

DIGITAL 2021: SOUTH AFRICA- SIMON KEMP
11 FEBRUARY 2021

In South Africa’s current climate, we are constantly surrounded by criminal threats and our first line of defense is to pick up the phone and call for help.

But what number do you call??

We have compiled a list below for you to print and stick on your fridge so that in the event of an emergency, these numbers are nearby.

Emergency

Provider

Number

All Mobile network operator emergency call centre 112
Crime SA Police Service 10111
Medical Government 10177
ER24 084 124
Netcare 082 911
Accidents Arrive Alive 0861 400 800
Fire Fire Department 998/999
Poisoning Bloemfontein region 082 491 0160
KwaZulu-Natal region 080 033 3444
Red Cross 021 689 5227
Tygerberg region 021 931 6129
Mountain rescue Gauteng 074 125 1385 / 074 163 3952
KwaZulu-Natal 031 307 7744
Western Cape 021 948 9900
Self-harm or suicidal thoughts Life Line 0861 322 322
SADAG Mental Health Line 011 234 4837
Suicide Crisis Line 0800 567 567
Child abuse Childline 0800 05 55 55
Domestic abuse Gender-Based Violence Command Centre 0800 428 428 / 0800 150 150

 

Energy expert Chris Yelland said South Africa experienced the worst load-shedding on record in 2020 and that he expects 2021 to be even worse.

Yelland said “The reality is that Eskom’s energy availability factor (EAF), which is a measure of the availability of Eskom current fleet of power stations, is declining year on year.”

“The best thing that I think one can hope for is that Eskom could stabilise this energy availability factor at the current low levels,” said Yelland.

South Africa has already experienced seven days of load-shedding within the first three weeks of the year when demand was low.

As demand for electricity picks up, Eskom’s ageing power generation fleet will be under severe pressure, especially going into colder months.

The biggest problem is breakdowns. During the most recent bout of load-shedding, 14,748MW of capacity was unavailable due to unplanned maintenance, breakdowns, and outage delays.The lost capacity because of breakdowns dwarfed the 5,358MW which was unavailable because of planned maintenance.

The fact that most of the lost capacity is caused by unpredictable events makes it nearly impossible for Eskom to accurately forecast load-shedding. A good example is Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter’s comments in May 2020 that their outlook for the winter season shows little to no load-shedding expected after the lockdown.

The table below shows the three-month outlook for load-shedding in South Africa.

Eskom load-shedding outlook

Possibility of stage 8 load-shedding

Power and mining expert Ted Blom recently said South Africa should brace itself for the worst year of load-shedding yet in 2021, with Stage 8 being a possibility.

He said Eskom is able to absorb around 11,000MW of electricity shortages before they have to implement load-shedding. Eskom’s outlook for the next three months shows a near-consistent unavailability of 20,000MW because of planned and unplanned outages. This will leave Eskom with a deficit of around 9,000MW, which Blom said can result in stage 6 or even stage 8 load-shedding.

Yelland is less pessimistic on Eskom’s load-shedding outlook, saying to expect stage 8 load-shedding is alarmist.

“You can’t write it off. But to say that we are heading for that is premature. But as I say, it’s not impossible, but I don’t think it’s likely,” Yelland said.

Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha added that their maintenance plan makes provision for 14,000MW of breakdowns. “That will give us stage 2 or stage 3 load-shedding. In the worst-case scenario we have prepared for stage 4 load-shedding with 15,000MW of breakdowns,” he said.

“For stage 8 load-shedding to occur will require a lot of breakages of Eskom’s equipment – north of 20,000MW. We have not seen that.”

Eskom said they are not working towards a scenario where Eskom will have to implement stage 8 load-shedding, however if stage 8 is implemented, it will require longer shedding periods for South Africans to endure.

The looming resource situation

Yelland said he does not expect the problem of electricity shortages and load-shedding to improve in the short term. “Government procurements of new generation capacity, that means the so-called 2000 megawatts of risk mitigation IPP programme, is about to be adjudicated,” he said. “But then still, orders have to be placed and financial closure has to be achieved – that can typically take six months.”

After these processes, delivery must happen, construction must be done, and the new power must be connected to the grid.

Yelland said the government is touting the end of 2022 for this to happen, but he thinks it is very optimistic.

“I don’t think we can see any improvement before the end of 2022, perhaps even longer,” he said.

Compounding these challenges is that there is currently a leadership vacuum which means people are not making decisions timelessly. “I think there are some agendas within the regulator and within the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy that are trying to hold back the uptake of distributed renewable energy,” said Yelland.

“There are some internal political agendas that are trying to slow this uptake. This has to be addressed at the highest level.” Yelland said South African households and businesses should not rely on Eskom for their future electricity needs. Instead, they should invest in solar and generators to ensure they are not left in the dark when load-shedding hits.

Eskom load-shedding from 2007 to 2020

The table below provides an overview of the number of days of load-shedding and the amount of power shed since 2007.

Year Load-shedding (number of days)
2007 13
2008 44
2009 0
2010 0
2011 0
2012 0
2013 3
2014 17
2015 103
2016 0
2017 0
2018 15
2019 30
2020 52In
Load-shedding (TWh)
2007 0.10
2008 0.77
2009 0.00
2010 0.00
2011 0.00
2012 0.00
2013 0.03
2014 0.29
2015 1.40
2016 0.00
2017 0.00
2018 0.22
2019 1.09
2020 1.27

Information sourced from My Broadband.

The holidays brings lots of free time to spend with you family, and of course keeping your children busy and entertained.

We have included 15 child friendly shows that are available on Showmax to keep your kids entertained.

If you are looking to turn your TV into a smart TV and subscribe to showmax, call us 010 590 8856.

So here are some of the top-rated and most popular kids’ shows on Showmax that you can download for your kids to watch offline later – while you’re travelling, at your remote holiday house or at Granny and Grandpa’s house where there’s no Wi-Fi.

Endlings

In the not too distant future, the last African elephant has just disappeared. Meanwhile, in Canada, an alien craft crashes on the farm home of four foster children.

Inside is an alien who crosses the galaxy collecting Endlings, the last creatures of their kind. The kids embark on a series of conservation adventures.

 


Abby Hatcher: Monster Catcher

This sweet series for younger kids follows energetic seven-year-old Abby Hatcher and her friends, the Fuzzlies, crazy creatures that live in her family’s hotel.

With her best friend Bozzly, she goes on wild adventures, trying to fix all the mishaps caused by Fuzzly mischief.

 


Cocomelon

Quiet time for toddlers is taken care of with this sweet show that teaches little kids letters, numbers, colours and more through songs and animation.

There’s a recurring cast of characters to get to know, from cute farm animals to inquisitive baby JJ and his caring family.

 


Paw Patrol Mighty Pups Special

When a mysterious meteor crash lands in Adventure Bay, the Paw Patrol pups gain special powers.

These really come in handy as they have to race against time to rescue Ryder and save the day.

 


Paw Patrol S1-2

Ryder and his pup pack, including firefighter-in-training Marshall and wannabe police-dog Chase, spring to action to save the day in Adventure Bay.

Whenever you’re in trouble, just yelp for help!

 


The Gruffalo 

Julia Donaldson and Axel Schaeffer’s classic tale comes to life in a delightful animation featuring some top British talent.

Also on Showmax are The Gruffalo’s ChildRoom on the BroomStick ManThe Highway Rat and The Snail and the Whale.

 


Pablo S1-2 

Pablo may have autism, but that doesn’t stop him from tackling the world. With the help of his imaginary friends, who he creates with his crayons, he learns that he can handle whatever comes at him.

 


Find Me in Paris S1-2

Lena the ballerina is on the cusp of fame in the year 1905 – until her boyfriend gives her an old family necklace that transports her to the 21st Century.

While trying to find a way back home, she learns how to fit into the modern world – and realises that she might not want to go back at all.

 


Revolting Rhymes 

Roald Dahl’s hilarious twists on classic fairy tales were brought to life by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation in collaboration with Magic Light Pictures in this delightfully gory series that was nominated for an Oscar and won 15 major international awards.

 


Guess How Much I Love You S1-2

Big Nutbrown Hare and his son Little Nutbrown Hare live happily together and always look for different ways to show their love for each other. Illustrated in beautiful watercolours, this is an inspiring and entertaining show.

 


Adventure Time S1

Finn and Jake are the heroes of Ooo, a land filled with quests and monsters to be vanquished.

Whether it’s the evil Ice King or doing an errand for the lovely Princess Bubblegum, there is always a new adventure waiting for them.

 


Regular Show S1

Mordecai wants to do a good job as a groundskeeper, but he’s lazy.

Rigby, his pal, is always looking for trouble – and trouble is what they find. How these guys aren’t fired yet is anyone’s guess…

 


Peppa Pig Special: Christmas Party

It’s Christmas in the Pig household and everyone is invited for a great big party! Who will show up and what gifts will they bring? And is there a chance we’ll see Santa Claus himself?

 


A Garfield Christmas Special

Garfield has to survive a Christmas on the farm with Jon’s family. And everyone on the farm wants to be active!

Fortunately, there are plenty of naps and good food to help him cope.

 


Nella the Princess Knight

Nella isn’t your average princess. She is a princess-knight and with the support of her friends solves problems around her kingdom.

No matter what happens, Nella stays true to herself.

Information provided by My Broadband.

2020 has gone on record to be one of the most controversial years to date.

These are some of the top Google searches that prove to be quite interesting and tell us a lot about South African consumers as a whole.

Top trending searches

  1. Coronavirus
  2. US elections update
  3. Sasol share price
  4. Level 3 lockdown South Africa
  5. Children’s Day
  6. Hantavirus
  7. Load shedding
  8. Cigarettes ban South Africa
  9. Teacher’s Day
  10. Leap Day

Top trending questions

  1. How to apply for an unemployment grant?
  2. Who won the election?
  3. What time is the President on tonight?
  4. What is coronavirus?
  5. What is 5G?
  6. Where does vanilla flavouring come from?
  7. Why were cornflakes invented?
  8. Where to buy beer during lockdown?
  9. Why were chainsaws invented?
  10. How to make hand sanitiser?

Top trending political figures

  1. Joe Biden
  2. Kim Jong Un
  3. Kamala Harris
  4. Boris Johnson
  5. Angie Motshekga
  6. Ace Magashule
  7. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
  8. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
  9. Andile Lungisa
  10. Bheki Cele

Top trending personalities – Loss

  1. Kobe Bryant
  2. Mshoza
  3. Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungure
  4. Bob Mabena
  5. Naya Rivera
  6. George Floyd
  7. Chadwick Boseman
  8. Zinzi Mandela
  9. Thandeka Mdeliswa
  10. Mary Twala

Top trending recipes

  1. Pizza dough recipe
  2. Doughnut recipe
  3. Pineapple beer recipe
  4. Banana loaf recipe
  5. Pancakes recipe
  6. Magwinya recipe
  7. Lemon meringue recipe
  8. Cinnabon recipe
  9. Naan bread recipe
  10. Pornstar martini recipe

Top trending South African personalities

  1. Katlego Maboe
  2. Nikita Murray
  3. Edwin Sodi
  4. Lerato Kganyago
  5. Menzi Ngubane
  6. Jackie Phamotse
  7. Tino Chinyani
  8. Sophie Ndaba
  9. Nomcebo Zikode
  10. Monique Muller

Top trending sports searches

  1. Premier League
  2. England vs South Africa
  3. PSL standings
  4. IPL
  5. Champions League
  6. South Africa vs Australia
  7. La Liga
  8. Serie A
  9. Europa League
  10. Kaizer Chiefs vs Mamelodi Sundowns

Top trending ‘near me’ searches

  1. Restaurant near me
  2. Grocery stores near me
  3. Builders near me
  4. Midas near me
  5. Virgin Active near me
  6. Hardware near me
  7. Mexican food delivery near me
  8. Massage spa near me
  9. Game stores near me
  10. Hiking near me

Top trending travel searches

  1. Trip to Mauritius
  2. Trip to Durban
  3. Trip to Thailand
  4. Trip to Mozambique
  5. Trip to Hawaii
  6. Trip to Mars
  7. Trip to Singapore
  8. Trip to Bali
  9. Trip to Jamaica
  10. Trip to Zanzibar

These statistics where provided by 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.

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

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that certain sections of South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) will take effect from 1 July 2020.

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.

The Act regulates how this information is collected, stored, processed, and shared. Although the Act was signed into law in 2013 and certain sections of the Act went into effect in 2014, these effective sections pertained to the establishment and appointment of the Information Regulator. Once the sections of the Act that place obligations on organizations to ensure the lawful processing of personal information begin, organizations will have one (1) year following that date to comply with the Act’s provisions. POPI Condition 7 on “Security Safeguards” includes security measures that responsible parties must comply with to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of personal information.

Effect on businesses

The POPIA was expected to come into effect from 1 April 2020, but the initial commencement was delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

POPIA will bring about a number of changes to South African businesses.

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.

For more information on the certain sections of this act please click here

For more information on how SOPHOS can help you comply with the new regulations please click here