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Rather large explosion heard in Woodmead. WhatsApp groups at home in Kempton Park heard and felt it too. WA Groups claim that explosion originated from Technecrete in Olifantsfontein.

Edit: Apparently Controlled blasting at quarry in oliefantsfontein.

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@Jan @rpm

I think there are trouble over African skies...

Since yesterday all European flights are diverted to the UAE and then down to JHB. Flights from the UK also takes a longer route.

Reports of this now trickling through on Facebook but no one knows why flights are not flying over Africa.

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I just confirmed another such flight from Luxemborg....


There are more.

Not sure what is happening.
 
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@Jan @rpm

I think there are trouble over African skies...

Since yesterday all European flights are diverted to the UAE and then down to JHB. Flights from the UK also takes a longer route.

Reports of this now trickling through on Facebook but no one knows why flights are not flying over Africa.

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I just confirmed another such flight from Luxemborg....


There are more.

Not sure what is happening.
Niger coup. They closed off their airspace:
https://simpleflying.com/niger-airspace-closed-flights-rerouting-military-coup/
 
@Jan Please can you do a article and a request for information from the Mobile Networks on plans for rolling out Vo5G (VoNR)
 
Please post any matters in the tech and telecoms space you would like to bring to our attention or which you think must be investigated in this thread.

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We will endeavour to investigate all legitimate posts in this thread. We may not get to your issue right away, and we apologise in advance for this. Investigations may take some time.

If you would like to send a tip-off anonymously, please direct message the Newsfeed forum account or email [email protected].
I’ve sent through my information about the department of defence hack by Snatch Group through to [email protected], from email [email protected]
 
Hi, it seems that Google One/Storage has increased their prices from the 21st of September 2023 in South Africa.
I did not receive a mail from Google, I was backing up my device when I stumbled across it.
If you've published an article about it, I do apologize.
If my math is correct the 100GB plan has increased by about 20.5%.
 

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Why are there no longer any contracts with a free device? Like in the good old days.

World economy busy collapsing under the weight of Socialism. Businesses are in haywire and don't know which way. Big trouble ahead for consumers globally.
 
World economy busy collapsing under the weight of Socialism. Businesses are in haywire and don't know which way. Big trouble ahead for consumers globally.
Or just plain old greed
 
Hi, it seems that Google One/Storage has increased their prices from the 21st of September 2023 in South Africa.
I did not receive a mail from Google, I was backing up my device when I stumbled across it.
If you've published an article about it, I do apologize.
If my math is correct the 100GB plan has increased by about 20.5%.
Someone has to cover the falling value of the Rand.
Why are there no longer any contracts with a free device? Like in the good old days.
Since when?
The device has never been "free" though
 
SOUTH AFRICAN LABOUR INSPECTORS ARE DOING ILLEGAL AUDITS

SA Labour law states that a company must keep certain records, and do certain things, such as display or make available to employees the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. These laws may be audited by minister appointed Labour Inspectors, carrying identification (explicitly so stated for a reason), as it involves POPIA protected company and employee information, such as unemployment or skills levy contributions, salaries, etc. These audits must also be done at a company's premises, as your electrician or plumber company would obviously not have a place "where this contractor copany can display the BCEA to its employees" at your house. So the electrician's company, when they send one electrician to replace a breaker in my house’s distribution board, cannot be audited at my house, but that is exactly what these labour inspectors are doing.

Multiple labour inspectors, each seemingly allocated a different area to audit, would go to a big mine or industry, and demand the mine get all its contractors to submit evidence regarding these labour laws. It further gets the employees from the mine to collect these companies’ sensitive and protected information, on the inspector’s behalf.

Contractor companies sometimes have premises at a mine, but most contractors do not. In the latter case, the labour inspectors have zero cause to audit such a contractor company, and also illegally solicit the mine to gather information on a contractor company. Further, the contractor might have 100 employees, but only 1 goes to the mine to fix a machine, making the audit of such a contractor company, at a mine premises, even more illegal.

This is my take, from my interpretation of the BCEA, LRA, and other acts and regulations, and has not been tested in a court of law to the best of my knowledge. This illegal practice has been going on for at least the last 3 years that I am aware of. I believe there are thousands of contractor companies being illegally audited like this, and possibly receiving "compliance orders", and possible fines or other penalties. I suspect labour inspectors get kudos for the number of companies they audit, or something to that effect, as why would they otherwise knowingly transgress, and make companies waste hundreds of man hours to gather updated information over and over, which happens when one contractor company work at many mines?
 

Here's a headline for you:
Afrihost is becoming the new Telkom

Freaky how poor they can manage a product, advertise false information and fail to address it one pointed out.
 
Looks like Euphoria Telecom / Freshphone prepaid payment portal is down for the past week, people are complaining that they cannot buy airtime.
 
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