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