General Terms of Service

1. DEFINITIONS
1.1 “Acceptance Date” means the date on which the customer accepted this agreement.

1.2 “Activation Date” means the date on which ISWITCH will give the customer access to and/or enable the customer to use a product or service;

1.3 “Acceptable Use Policy” (AUP) means the policy, which is available on the Website and is incorporated by reference in this Agreement, that regulates the use of the services.

1.4 “Agreement” means this agreement entered into between the customer and ISWITCH COMMUNICATIONS (Pty) Ltd;

1.5 “ISWITCH” means ISWITCH COMMUNICATIONS (Pty) Ltd , Registration number 2018/495194/07;

1.6 “Business Day” means Monday to Friday, but excludes Saturdays and a day which is an official public holiday in the Republic of South Africa;

1.7 Business Hours” means the hours between 08h00 and 17h00 on a Business Day;

1.8 “CPA” means the Consumer Protection Act, 2008;

1.9 “Customer” means a user or host of any ISWITCH services;

1.10 “EC Act” means the Electronic Communications Act, 2005;

1.11 “ECT Act” means the Electronic Communications Act and Transactions Act, 2002;

1.12 “Equipment” means any device, equipment or hardware used to access the services or used in conjunction with the services;

1.13 “ICASA” means the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa;

1.14 “Juristic person” means a company or close corporation and includes a body corporate, partnership, association or trust;

1.15 “NCA” means the National Credit Act, 34 of 2005;

1.16 “RICA” means the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication Related Information Act, 2002;

1.17 “Services” means any ISWITCH internet access package and any other related internet services;

1.18 ”Website” means www.iSwitch.co.za

2. DURATION, TERMINATION AND COOLING-OFF
2.1 The agreement will commence on the activation date and endure indefinitely until it is cancelled as provided for in this clause 2, or otherwise provided in this agreement. In the event that the services applied for is not activated within 30 (thirty) days of the acceptance date due to an uncontrollable event, the agreement will automatically terminate and no party shall have any liability to the other as a result of such termination.

2.2 The customer may terminate this agreement by giving 1 (one) calendar month’s written notice to ISWITCH under the conditions of a month-to-month contract.

2.3 Should the customer terminate this agreement within 6 (six) months of the activation date, the customer will be liable to pay a cancellation fee.

2.3.1 Cancellation fee for Wireless broadband packages will be R950

2.3.2 Cancellation fee for Fibre packages will be R950

2.3.3. Some services may be delivered on a 12 (twelve) or 24 (twenty four) or 36 (thirty six) month contract and cancellation of such a contract will result in the customer being liable for the full term value.

2.4 ISWITCH may cancel this agreement by giving 1 (one) calendar month’s written notice to the customer.

2.5 Notwithstanding the termination of the agreement, in the event that the customer continues to use the services despite the termination of the agreement, the customer will remain liable for and promptly pay on demand all amounts that would have been due to ISWITCH as a result of the use of or access to the services and this agreement shall be deemed to continue to apply until such time as all amounts due to ISWITCH have been paid in full.

2.6 If the agreement results from any direct approach to you by ISWITCH or is an electronic transaction as contemplated in the ECT Act, the customer will be entitled to cancel the agreement on written notice to ISWITCH without reason or penalty within 5 (five) Business Days of, in the case of services only being provided in terms of the agreement, the acceptance date.

3. NCA AND ECT ACT
3.1 Although the agreement is not a credit agreement as contemplated in the NCA, the customer’s application for a service or equipment may be subject to a credit referencing or risk assessment process. This means that ISWITCH may utilize the information provided by the customer and the credit record from registered credit bureaus in order to determine whether the customer will be in a position to meet the obligations under the intended Agreement. ISWITCH will be entitled to decline to activate services that the customer applies for if ISWITCH reasonably determined that the customer may not be able to meet its commitments under the agreement.

3.2 ISWITCH will be entitled to perform these assessments each time the customer applies for services or equipment.

4. SERVICE DELIVERY, SERVICE AVAILABILITY
4.1 ISWITCH will use reasonable endeavours to make its services available to the customer, and to maintain the availability for use by customers.

4.2 ISWITCH will use its best endeavours to notify the customer in advance of any maintenance and repairs which may result in the unavailability of a service but cannot always guarantee this.

4.3 Any non-dedicated lease line service will be of a shared service nature. Meaning that any such shared service will carry a contention ratio and a maximum capacity available.

4.4 Any shared and home connect service guarantees a 75% of actual speed availability and is sold as an “up-to” speed.

5. PAYMENT
5.1 Installation and pro-rated service fees are payable within 24 hours of the service being installed.

5.2.1 All services are charged in advance ie. You will pay for your March service on 1 March.

5.2.2 The customer agrees to pay all amounts due under this agreement.

5.3 To the fullest extent permitted by law, all amounts due and payable in terms hereof shall be paid free of exchange and without deduction or set-off, by way of a direct debit order in favour of ISWITCH (drawn against a current banking account nominated by the customer), or in such other manner as ISWITCH may from time to time determine.

5.4 The customer agrees that:

5.4.1 ISWITCH will be entitled and authorised to draw all amounts payable in terms of the agreement from the account specified;

5.4.2 the debit order will commence on the activation date and will continue and not be revoked until termination of this agreement or until all amounts due and owing to ISWITCH have been fully and finally discharged.

5.4.3 the customer will sign all such forms and do all such things as may be necessary to give effect to the debit order as contemplated in this clause 5.3

5.3.4 the customer’s first bill may be for part of a month and the customer will be charged for the number of days left in the month in which the customer signed up or switched over.

5.4 Should the customer fail to pay any amount on the due date for payment then ISWITCH may, without prejudice to any of its other rights and remedies:

5.4.1 take all such further steps as may be necessary to recover the outstanding amount from the customer, including without limitation the use of debt collection mechanisms.

5.4.2 suspend the customer’s access to the service or the use of any product with notice to the customer until such time as the outstanding amount has been paid in full; or

5.4.3 terminate this agreement with immediate effect.

5.4 To the fullest extent permitted by law, all amounts due and payable in terms hereof shall be paid free of exchange and without deduction or set-off, by way of a direct debit order in favour of ISWITCH (drawn against a current banking account nominated by the customer), or in such other manner as ISWITCH may from time to time determine. It is recorded and the customer acknowledges that several ISWITCH products (like Internet and VoIP line rental) are payable monthly in advance.

5.5 Should the customer’s debit order not be honoured for whatever reason, ISWITCH will be entitled to charge the customer a reasonable re-connection fee of R150.

5.6 If any changes are proposed to any terms of an agreement between ISWITCH and any Third Party supplier impacts on the provision of any services or products in terms of this Agreement, ISWITCH shall be entitled to amend the terms, fees or charges for its services or products at any time on 30 (thirty) days’ notice to the customer. The amendment will take effect on the date indicated in the notice.

5.7 ISWITCH will use reasonable endeavours to inform the customer well in advance, and in any event prior to disconnection, about the possibility of disconnection in the case of non-payment.

5.8 To the extent that ISWITCH incurs any additional expenditure relating to the tracing and/or collection of unpaid amounts, those costs shall be for account of the customer to the extent permitted by law, including attorney and own client costs.

6. EQUIPMENT
6.1 All external equipment installed or provided by ISWITCH remains the property of ISWITCH and the customer agrees that:

6.1.1 the customer will take reasonable care of such equipment.

6.1.2 the customer may not sell, lease, mortgage, transfer, assign or encumber such equipment.

6.1.3 the customer may not re-locate such Equipment without ISWITCH’s knowledge and permission.

6.1.4 the customer will inform any landlord that such Equipment is owned by ISWITCH and therefore not subject to any landlord’s hypothec; and

6.1.5 the customer will return such equipment to ISWITCH, at the customer’s expense, upon termination of the services to which the Equipment is related.

6.2 Any cancellation or ending of service will result in ISWITCH decommissioning all external equipment as was installed.

7. BREACH
7.1 Subject to any other provisions set out in this terms and conditions, should the customer be in breach of any provision of this Agreement, then ISWITCH shall be entitled, without prejudice to any other rights that it may have and to the extent, required or permitted, as the case may be, by law, to forthwith:

7.1.1 afford the customer a reasonable opportunity to remedy the breach considering the nature of the breach in question; or

7.1.2 suspend the customer’s access to services.

7.1.3 cancel all agreements concluded between ISWITCH and the customer; or

7.1.4 claim immediate performance and/or payment of all obligations in terms hereof.

7.2 Should ISWITCH suspend, disconnect, or terminate the customer’s services, ISWITCH will be entitled to, charge the customer a reasonable fee for reconnecting the customer’s services.

8. INDEMNITY
8.1 The customer hereby unconditionally and irrevocably indemnifies ISWITCH and agree to indemnify and hold ISWITCH harmless against all loss, damages, claims, liability and/or costs, of whatsoever nature, howsoever and whensoever arising, suffered or incurred by ISWITCH as a result of any claim instituted against ISWITCH by a third party (other than the customer) as a result of (without limitation):

8.1.1 the use of ISWITCH services or products other than as allowed or prescribed in the Agreement.

8.1.2 any other cause whatsoever relating to the Agreement or the provision of services or products to the customer where the customer have acted wrongfully or failed to act when the customer had a duty to so act.

8.2 To the fullest extent possible, the customer disclaims all responsibility or liability for any damages or loss howsoever arising, including but not limited to direct, economic, consequential loss or loss of profits, resulting from the use of or inability to use the services in any manner or from any reliance on the services in any way.

8.3 The customer agrees to indemnify and hold harmless ISWITCH, its members, employees, servants, subcontractors and partners from any demand, action or application or other proceedings, including for attorney’s fees and other related costs made by any Third Party and arising out of or in connection with this Agreement and or the inability of any User to use the services.

8.4 The customer acknowledges its responsibility for its own internet security and privacy. Customers are strongly advised to install firewalls and anti-virus software for their own protection.

9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
9.1 Save to the extent otherwise provided for in this Agreement or where the customer is entitled to rely on or receive, by operation of law, any representations, warranties or guarantees, ISWITCH do not make or provide any express or implied representations, warranties or guarantees regarding the availability, accuracy, reliability, timeliness, quality, security of any product or services.

9.2 Without limiting the generality of the provisions of clause 9.3, ISWITCH shall not be liable for and the customer will have no claim of whatsoever nature against ISWITCH because of –

9.2.1 any unavailability of, or interruption in the services due to an uncontrolled event.

9.2.2 any damage, loss, cost or claim which the customer may suffer or incur from any suspension or termination of the service/s for any reason contemplated in the Agreement.

9.3 In addition to and without prejudice to any other limitations of liability provided for in the Agreement and to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, ISWITCH shall not be liable to the customer for any direct damages howsoever arising and neither party shall be liable to the other for any special, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising out of or relating to this Agreement, whether resulting from negligence, breach or any other cause. To the extent that a competent court or tribunal or other competent dispute resolution body or authority finally determines, notwithstanding the exclusion contained in this clause, that ISWITCH is liable to the customer for any damages, ISWITCH’s liability to the customer for any damages howsoever arising shall be limited to the amounts paid by the customer under this Agreement in consideration for services or a product during the immediately preceding 12 (twelve) month period in respect of the services or product which gave rise to the liability in question.

10. CESSION AND DELEGATION
10.1 The customer may not sell, cede, assign, delegate or in any other way alienate or dispose of any or all of its rights and obligations under and in terms of this Agreement without the prior written approval of ISWITCH. ISWITCH shall be entitled to sell, cede, assign, delegate, alienate, dispose or transfer any or all of its rights and obligations under and in terms of this Agreement to any of its affiliates or to any third party without the customer’s consent and without notice to the customer.

11. JURISDICTION
11.1 Notwithstanding any other terms of this Agreement, the customer hereby consents to the jurisdiction of the Magistrate’s Court in the Republic of South Africa in respect of any proceedings that may be initiated by ISWITCH arising out of this Agreement, provided that ISWITCH shall be entitled, in its reasonable discretion, to institute such proceedings in the High Court of South Africa and, in such event, the customer consents to the jurisdiction of such court.

12. GENERAL
12.1 The parties acknowledge and agree that this Agreement constitutes the whole of the agreement between them and that no other agreements, guarantees, undertakings or representations, either verbal or in writing, relating to the subject matter of this Agreement not incorporated in this Agreement shall be binding on the parties. No changes or cancellation of this Agreement by the customer will be binding on any of the parties unless recorded in writing and signed by both parties, notwithstanding activation of the service.

12.2 The customer agrees that any invoices or notices sent by ISWITCH to the customer in terms of any agreement concluded between the parties may be sent via e-mail unless otherwise prescribed by law.

12.3 ISWITCH does not have a FUP (Fair Usage Policy) but request that customers do not abuse the service beyond normal usage

12.4 No indulgence, leniency, or extension of time which ISWITCH may grant or show to the customer shall in any way prejudice ISWITCH or preclude ISWITCH from exercising any of its rights in the future.

12.5 The physical address where ISWITCH will receive legal service of documents is the following:

El Ridge Office Park, Block C12, 100 Elizabeth Street, Bartlett, Boksburg 1459

13. WARRANTY
13.1 Any warranty repair still remains subject to a R350 call-out fee.

SUPPORT
14.1 ISWITCH offers free of charge telephonic and email support to all customers.

14.2 Such support is available from Monday to Sunday 08:00 am to 22:00 pm

14.3 ISWITCH offers on-site support to home and business users.

14.4 Any such on-site support will be subject to a R350 call-out fee regardless of the fault found.

14.5 All repairs are for the ISWITCH account, but a call-out fee of R350 is applicable for such repairs.