Dark­est Africa

Finweek English Edition - - Letters -

SINCE JULY 2006 we have been liv­ing on a 105ha farm 36km from East Lon­don on the N2 to But­ter­worth. On 2 De­cem­ber 2006 I went to Telkom di­rect in East Lon­don to ap­ply for a tele­phone line and In­ter­net con­nec­tion.

On 10 Jan­uary 2007 a Telkom tech­ni­cian came to the farm with the news that we couldn’t be given an In­ter­net con­nec­tion be­cause we were too far from the near­est ex­change. He was very help­ful, and when we asked whether we’d then have to get a wire­less con­nec­tion he went and got his lap­top from the Telkom bakkie. But nowhere around the house could he pick up an In­ter­net sig­nal. In other words, we can’t use Vo­da­com ei­ther. I’m very an­gry about this en­tire mat­ter, be­cause I’ve bought a brand-new PC and printer for my hus­band’s busi­ness. I drive to work in town ev­ery day. It’s only a half-hour drive to East Lon­don but it looks as if we’re liv­ing in the mid­dle of nowhere here.

My hus­band is a small busi­ness­man who has to do his bank­ing via the In­ter­net. He also needs it for his SA Rev­enue Ser­vice re­turns and for in­for­ma­tion from the De­part­ments of Labour & Agri­cul­ture, to which he has no ac­cess. I’m a Unisa stu­dent and have to use the

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