The West African Cable System (Wacs) cable, which connects South Africa to the UK, suffered a breakage off of the coast of England, once again inconveniencing South Africans with slow and unreliable Internet. This comes at one of the worst possible times as the country enters a lockdown period of 21 days to curb the spread of COVID-19.
While the majority of the population is working from home, they now also face increased latency and slow speeds when accessing international servers and data.
According to reports, the Ile D’Aix cable vessel is on its way to the breakage and is estimated to arrive on Tuesday, 31 March 2020. Repairs on the cable can be expected to be completed by Saturday, 4 April 2020.