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OPIX – STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THE PROVISION OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES & PRODUCTS


1. INTRODUCTION

  1. 1. The Applicant more fully described in the Service Order Application form must take note of the details set out under these terms and conditions.
  2. 2. If you cannot understand these standard terms and conditions, please send an e-mail to info@opix.co.za,
  3. 3. These terms and conditions will become binding and apply to you, the Applicant, once OPIX has agreed to provide you with the service or device, which you have requested under the Service Order Application form.

2. EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY CLAUSES

  1. 1. In terms of section 49 of the Consumer Protection Act, 2008 (the CPA), a term or notice which purports to limit in any way the risk or liability of the supplier or any other person or constitutes an assumption of risk or liability by the consumer or imposes an obligation on the consumer to indemnify the supplier or any other person for any cause, or constitutes the acknowledgement of any fact by the consumer, must be written in plain language and the fact, nature and effect of such provision must be drawn to the attention of the consumer before the consumer concludes the transaction or is required to offer consideration under it.
  2. 2. This must be done in a conspicuous manner and form likely to attract the attention of the ordinarily “alert” consumer having regard to the circumstances and the consumer must be given adequate opportunity to comprehend the notice or provision. OPIX has housed certain clauses, which contain certain limitations under its Standard Terms and Conditions
  3. 3. These clauses are highlighted in capital letters and include:
    1. 1. Clause 10.5 Cancellation or variation of the OPIX Services – if you cancel or vary any of the OPIX Services, before the Connection date, in whole or in part, OPIX will have the right to charge you all Abortive Costs which OPIX has incurred as a result of the cancellation or variation.
    2. 2. Clause 10.6 Termination of a Fixed Term Agreement by a Consumer for no cause– if you as a Consumer, conclude a Fixed Term Agreement with OPIX, you will have the right to terminate the Fixed Term Agreement, for no particular reason or cause, at any time, on 20 (Twenty) Business days written notice, which termination will be subject to payment of a reasonable cancellation fee, determined using the guidelines set out under section 14 and Regulation 5(2) of the CPA.
    3. 3. Clause 12.3.10 Migration- Any request by you to migrate, will be subject to certain conditions, including the payment of any additional Migration charges, levied by OPIX, which charges are detailed under the Tariff List or as advised by OPIX and the signing of a new Agreement.
    4. 4. Clause 12 Charges and payment- OPIX will levy certain charges in respect of the use by you of the OPIX Services and Selected SE. OPIX also has the right to ask for a deposit and set credit limits and levy interest on unpaid charges.
    5. 5. Clause 11.25 Change in numbers due to reasons beyond OPIX’s control -OPIX may be forced to change your number by a regulator or a supplier of OPIX, and if this occurs OPIX will not be liable to you or to any other person for any loss, damage or costs (direct, consequential or otherwise) which may be incurred in consequence of any change to the number.
    6. 6. Clause 14.3 Incorrect use of SE or use of illegal equipment - OPIX reserves the right to disconnect from the TECN or Network and suspend or terminate the OPIX Service, where any unlicensed or illegal SE is used in connection with the OPIX Services in such case you will indemnify OPIX against any liability, loss or damage which you or OPIX may incur as a result of the unlawful or incorrect usage of such SE.
    7. 7. Clause 15 Limited liability and indemnity -OPIX, under certain circumstances will not be responsible for certain damages or losses which may be incurred as a result of the purchase and /or use of the OPIX Services and / or Goods.
  4. 4. The Applicant must before it concludes the Application, carefully consider the OPIX standard terms and conditions housed under the Agreement, and applicable to the OPIX SE and / or Services which purport to limit the risk or liability of OPIX and other third parties acting on behalf of OPIX

3. APPLICATION OF STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. 1. These standard terms and conditions, as amended by OPIX from time to time in accordance with the provisions of ICTGlobe Management (Pty) Ltd’s Electronic Communications Service (ECS) license, the Electronic Communications Act 36 of 2005, the Consumer Protection Act, 68 of 2008 or any other applicable legislation, are applicable to the provision and use of all electronic communications services and products provided by OPIX to customers.
  2. 2. The Customer accepts and agrees that these terms and conditions become binding on it once OPIX has processed the Customer’s Application and agreed to provide the Customer with the OPIX Services and where applicable the Selected SE. OPIX will notify the Customer of its acceptance or non-acceptance and where applicable the deposit which it may require in order to secure the OPIX Services and or Selected SE.
  3. 3. Persons wishing to obtain, OPIX Services and where applicable, the SE, must apply for the OPIX Service and SE by signing the standard OPIX Application Form/Online Application via the OPIX website, which can be obtained on request from OPIX’s branches or by following any other application procedure determined by OPIX from time to time.
  4. 4. OPIX reserves the right to decline and / or reject the Application and the offer to contract

4. AMENDMENT OF THE OPIX STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. 1. OPIX reserves the right to amend its standard terms and conditions from time to time, subject to the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, 68 of 2008, in so far as these amendments may relate to a Consumer, as defined.
  2. 2. OPIX will place the amended terms and conditions on the OPIX website www.opix.co.za and the Consumer Commission, which amendment, from date of such filing, will thereafter be deemed to be incorporated into the Agreement.

5. CREDIT REFERENCING

  1. 1. The Applicant and Customer give OPIX express permission to carry out general and specific credit reference enquiries about the Applicant who has applied for OPIX Services or Selected SE. In addition the Applicant and Customer expressly give OPIX permission to check the correctness of any of the information supplied by the Applicant when applying for a service.

6. WARRANTY BY APPLICANT

  1. 1. THE APPLICANT WARRANTS AND REPRESENTS THAT ALL INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY IT IN APPLYING FOR THE OPIX SERVICE AND WHERE APPLICABLE THE SELECTED SE, IS TRUE, CORRECT AND COMPLETE AND INDEMNIFIES AND HOLDS OPIX HARMLESS AGAINST ALL CLAIMS, OF WHATSOEVER NATURE, THAT ARISE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, AS A RESULT OF THE APPLICANT OR ITS AGENT PROVIDING OPIX WITH ANY INCORRECT INFORMATION.
  2. 2. OPIX will use the Applicant’s/Customer’s information strictly in accordance with the Regulations promulgated in terms of Section 69 of the Act, being Regulation 1740 headed: Code of Conduct for electronic communications and electronic communications network services licenses (Government Gazette No. 30553) and Regulation 3.8 which states as follows:
  3. 3. ISP’s must protect the confidentiality of consumer information, and in particular, must (a) use the information only for the purpose permitted or required, (b) report or release that information only to the consumer or prospective consumer, (c) only release that information to another person
      1. 1. 1. when directed by the written instruction of the consumer or prospective consumer, or
      2. 2. when directed by an order of a court.
      1. 2. during the process of collection of debts owed to the ISP to accredited debt collection agencies
      2. 1. by the ISP’s auditors for the purpose of auditing their accounts.
      3. 2. in terms of any applicable law.

7. MEANINGS OF CERTAIN WORDS AND PHRASES

  1. 1. This section sets out the meaning of certain words and phrases, which are used throughout the Agreement. To enable the Customer to read and understand the contents of Agreement, the Customer must first understand the meanings of these words and phrases.
  2. 2. Unless it appears differently from the context or under this clause 7, words, terms and phrases used in the Agreement shall have the same meaning as the definitions set out in the Electronic Communications Act, 36 of 2005 (Act) and under ICTGlobe Management Pty Ltd’s Individual Electronic Communications Services License, which Act and related content can be viewed on the ICASA Website; https://www.icasa.org.za under the heading “Legislation”;
  3. 3. Words importing the singular shall include the plural and vice versa.
  4. 4. Words denoting persons shall include natural human beings, legal entities and unincorporated associations of persons, and vice versa
  5. 5. The headings in these terms and conditions shall not affect their interpretation.
  6. 6. In addition to the above provisions, unless inconsistent with the terms set out under the acts and/or license referred to under clause 7.2 or otherwise indicated by the context, the words and phrases set out below shall mean as follows:
  7. 7. “Abortive costs” has the meaning as set out in clause 12.3.8;
    “Act” means the Electronic Communications Act 36 of 2005, as amended from time to time, and any regulations, as may be amended or replaced from time to time, which Act, amongst other things, regulates the telecommunications industry and related sectors and the provision by them of certain electronic communications network services and electronic communication services. The Act and related content can be viewed on the ICASA Website at https://www.icasa.org.za
    “Applicant” means the person whose details are reflected on the Service Order Application Form, whether captured on paper, or via electronic means such as voice recordings, computer generated and captured data or similar means;
    “Agreement” means the Application Form, the Tariff List, and these terms and conditions which will apply to the Customer, in respect of the OPIX Services and Selected SE, together with any Renewal Addendum (where applicable);
    “Application Form” means the official OPIX Service Order Application Form which is completed by the Applicant in writing, electronically or telephonically, which houses the Applicant’s details and the Applicant’s/Customer’s request that OPIX provide it with certain OPIX Services and/or the Selected SE;
    “Authority” means the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa established in terms of section 3 of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act, 2000 and its successors who govern and oversee the telecommunications and electronic communications industry;
    “Applicable Law” means any of the following, to the extent it applies to OPIX, the Customer or the Goods and Services:
    1. (i) any statute, regulation, by-law, ordinance or subordinate legislation in force from time to time;
    2. (ii) the common law and the law of equity;
    3. (ii) the common law and the law of equity;
    4. (iii) any applicable industry code, policy or standard enforceable by law; and
    5. any applicable direction, rule, pronouncement, policy or order that is given by a regulator

    “Business Day” means Monday to Friday, excluding Saturday and Sunday and excluding any public holiday as defined under the Public Holiday Act, 36 of 1994;;

    “Connections” means the licensed ECNS Connections, which OPIX or an OPIX supplier or contractor, will install at the Customer’s premises as reflected under the Application Form, which allows the Customer to use the OPIX Service, through the service provider;

    “Connection date” means the date when OPIX installs the Connections at the Customer’s premises where the OPIX Service will be used, which allows the Customer to utilize the OPIX Services and Selected SE or the SE;

    “Consumer” means a Customer who is a “consumer“ as defined under section 1, section 6 and Regulation GN 294 of 2011 of the CPA;;

    “Charges” means the amounts charged by OPIX in respect of the Selected SE, where purchased or leased from OPIX, and the OPIX Services, which charges are set out under the Tariff List or as notified by OPIX from time to time, and which Charges will be set out under the Invoice which will be submitted to the Customer in terms of the Agreement;

    “CPA” means the Consumer Protection Act, 68 of 2008, as amended and any regulations published in terms thereof, as amended or replaced from time to time;;

    “Credit referencing procedure” means the procedure set up by OPIX to determine the creditworthiness of an Applicant;

    “Commencement date” means the date when OPIX has processed the Application and notified the Customer that it has agreed to provide the Customer with the OPIX Services and where applicable the Selected SE;

    “Customer” means the person who has applied for and who OPIX has agreed to provide the OPIX Services and Selected SE, where applicable, and who will be liable for the payment of the Charges and for compliance with the Agreement. Customer will also include “Subscriber” and “End-user” as defined in section 1 of the Act;

    “Due date” means the date on which any amounts owed by Customer to OPIX in respect of the OPIX Services and the Selected SE, where applicable, become due and payable, and which is printed on the Invoice;

    “Electronic Communications” means the emission, transmission or reception of information, including without limitation, voice, sound, data, text, video, animation, visual images, moving images and pictures, signals or a combination thereof by means of magnetism, radio or other electromagnetic waves, optical, electromagnetic systems or any agency of a like nature, whether with or without the aid of tangible conductor/conduit, but does not include content service as defined in section 1 of the Act;;

    “Electronic Communications Network” or “ECN” means any system of electronic communications facilities (excluding Selected SE and SE), as defined under section 1 of the Act, including without limitation satellite systems; fixed systems (circuit- and packet-switched);; mobile systems;; fiber optic cables (undersea and land-based);; electricity cable systems (to the extent used for electronic communications services);; and other transmission systems, used for conveyance of electronic communications;;

    “Electronic Communications Network Service” or “ECNS” means a service as defined under section 1 of the Act, whereby a person makes available an electronic communications network, whether by sale, lease or otherwise, for that person’s own use for the provision of an electronic communications service or broadcasting service;; to another person for that other person’s use in the provision of an electronic communications service or broadcasting service;; or for resale to an electronic communications service licensee, broadcasting service licensee or any other service contemplated in the Act, and ‘network services’ is construed accordingly;;

    “Electronic Communications Service” or “ECS” means any service provided to the public, sections of the public, the State, or the Customers to such service, which consists wholly or mainly of the conveyance by any means of electronic communications over an electronic communications network, but excludes broadcasting services;

    “Fixed Term Agreement” means an Agreement concluded by OPIX with a Customer which is in excess of a one month period, as selected by the Applicant under the Application Form, and which for any avoidance of doubt will be limited in the case of a Consumer, to a maximum period of 5 (five years) together with any renewed period or term as requested by the Consumer in accordance with options granted by OPIX to the Consumer as per the provisions of section 14 of the CPA;

    “Initial Period” means the number of months which the Customer has selected under the Application Form under the line item “contract period“ for which the Agreement will run, which period will start running on the Connection date;

    “Individual Consumer” means a Consumer who is natural person;

    “Interest rate” means the interest rate determined by OPIX from time to time levied on any outstanding amounts due to OPIX which will not exceed the maximum rate allowed under the National Credit Act, 34 of 2005 and provided that the said rate shall be uniformly applied to all amounts outstanding and due;

    “Invoice” shall mean the notification of Charges sent to the Customer setting out all amounts due and owing to OPIX by the Customer in respect of the OPIX Services and/or where applicable, the Selected SE;

    “Migration” means the Customer’s election to change the OPIX Services and or Selected SE received under the Agreement to another, which if accepted by OPIX will give rise to a review and amendment of the Charges;

    “Minimum Service Standards” means the minimum service standards for end users and subscribers set by the Authority (ICASA), housed under the Act, titled Regulations setting out the Minimum Standards For End-User And Subscriber Service Charters, GNR.774 of 24 July 2009, Government Gazette no 32431, as amended or replaced from time to time;

    “Month to Month Agreement” means the Agreement, which has been concluded between OPIX and the Customer, which will run on a month to month basis and which is capable of being terminated by either party on 1 (one) calendar month written notice, which option the Customer has selected under the Application Form under the line item “contract period”, or being the default contract term once a fixed term agreement between OPIX and the Customer has expired, which the Customer chose not to renew or cancel;

    “Office hours” means OPIX’s normal business hours, as determined by OPIX from time to time, currently being Monday to Thursday, 8h00 to 17h00,and Friday, 8h00 to 16h00, but excluding public holidays;

    “Parties” means collectively, OPIX and the Customer;;

    “Personal Data” means all personal details conveyed to OPIX by the Applicant/Customer such as his/her identity, whereabouts, credit levels, financial status, earning capabilities, family members, likes, preferences and dislikes, which are required in order to process the application and required to determine current and future customer requirements;

    “Regulations” means any regulations promulgated in terms of section 95 of the Act;

    “Renewal period” means the additional number of months which the Parties have agreed to renew the Agreement for, as set out under the Renewal Addendum/ Application Form, which period will start on the day following the last day of the Initial Period, where applicable;

    “Renewal Addendum” means the renewal agreement concluded by the Parties, which sets out the additional terms applicable to the Renewal period;

    “RICA” means the Regulation of Interception of Communication and Provision of Communication Regulated Information Act 70 of 2002, as amended/replaced from time to time, and its related provisions, which apply to OPIX and to the Customer;

    “SE” means the equipment used by Customers to access, use or receive electronic communications services or the OPIX Services and as defined in section 1 of the Act;

    “Selected SE” means the equipment used by Customers to access, use or receive electronic communications services or the OPIX Services and as defined in section 1 of the Act, which SE is leased or purchased by the Customer from OPIX in terms of the Agreement;

    “Standard terms and conditions” means the standard terms and conditions as described in this Agreement and any annexures or amendments thereto and the word “conditions” shall bear the same meaning;
    “Tariff List” means the list of Charges levied by OPIX in respect of the OPIX Services and where applicable the Selected SE, as amended from time to time, and payable to OPIX by the Customer;

    “OPIX” means OPIX (Pty) Ltd, Registration number 2017/275548/07, a private company incorporated in terms of the laws of the Republic of South Africa;

    “OPIX Services” means the electronic communication services, as selected by the Customer under the Application Form, which OPIX will provide to the Customer in terms of the Agreement;

    “ECN” means the electronic communications network used by OPIX to render electronic communications services in terms of ICTGlobe Management (Pty) Ltd’s Individual Electronic Communications Service License or supplied by another ECS License holder contracted to supply such services for an on behalf of OPIX and “Network” shall have the same meaning; and

    “Terminal connection equipment” or “TCE” means the electronic communications equipment and/or electronic communication facility on which OPIX terminates Electronic Communication Service(s).
  8. 8. The Customer is to note that the provisions of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 25 of 2002 (ECTA) shall apply, the Parties expressly agreeing
    1. 1. that where a provision of the Agreement requires that a document must be signed or initialed, that signing or initialing may be effected in any manner recognized by law, including the use of an electronic signature, as defined in ECTA;; OPIX/ in this regard will take reasonable measures to prevent the use of the Consumer’s electronic signature for any purpose other than the signing or initialing of the particular document that the consumer intended to sign or initial;; and
    2. 2. that where anything is required to be in writing, unless expressly stipulated to the contrary by OPIX, any electronic communication, including an SMS, telephonic call or electronic message such as an email, exchanged between the Parties, will meet this requirement.
  9. 9. The Customer is to note that when a particular number of days is provided for between the happening of one event and another, the number of days must be calculated by:-
    1. 1. excluding the day on which the first such event occurs;;
    2. 2. including the day on or by which the second event is to occur;; and
    3. 3. excluding any public holiday, Saturday or Sunday that falls on or between the days

8. AGREEMENT TO CONTRACT AND APPLICATION OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. 1. This clause confirms that you, the Customer, have asked OPIX to provide you with certain electronic communication services and equipment, which you selected when you completed the Application Form. OPIX has agreed to provide you with the selected services and equipment, but these will be provided on condition that you will comply with the terms and conditions set out under the Agreement
  2. 2. The Customer accepts and agrees that the terms and conditions set out under the Agreement will become binding on it once OPIX has processed the Application Form and agreed to provide the Customer with the OPIX Services and where applicable, the Selected SE
  3. 3. OPIX reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions from time to time. OPIX will give written notice to each Consumer of such amendments and will place the amended terms and conditions on OPIX’s website www.opix.co.za and file such amended terms and conditions with the Authority, if required by law, which amendment will be deemed to be incorporated into the Agreement and bind the Customer from the date that the amendment has been filed with the Authority or published on OPIX’s website.
  4. 4. Where, as a result of any amendment anticipated under clause 8.3 a Consumer is of the view that such amendment is to its detriment; the Consumer may terminate the Agreement without penalty provided that it gives OPIX 20 (twenty) Business days’ notice in writing of its election to terminate the Agreement. Where a Consumer terminates the Agreement as per his rights under this clause 8.3, such termination will be WITHOUT PENALTY, SAVE WHERE THE CONSUMER HAS BEEN GIVEN OR HAS PURCHASED BUT NOT YET PAID FOR, SELECTED SE. IN SUCH A CASE THE CONSUMER WILL HAVE A LEGAL DUTY AND OPIX WILL HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO DEMAND FROM THE CONSUMER, FULL PAYMENT IN RESPECT OF THE SELECTED SE, LESS ANY AMOUNTS WHICH HAVE ALREADY BEEN PAID TO OPIX IN RESPECT THEREOF PRIOR TO SUCH TERMINATION

9. PROCESSING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION, RIGHTS TO PRIVACY AND RICA

  1. 1. Although OPIX respects you, the Customer’s privacy and to this end your right not to have your personal data misused or distributed to other persons, you, the Customer must comply with the provisions of RICA, which is a law which requires that bodies such as OPIX verify your details before they are able to provide you with a communication service or device. This clause sets out OPIX’s undertaking to protect and respect your personal data and not to misuse it
  2. 2. It also sets out your undertaking to comply with RICA
  3. 3. OPIX at any time reserves the right to make general credit reference enquiries about the Customer and to check the correctness of the information that has been supplied
  4. 4. OPIX shall also be entitled to furnish any information relating to the Customer’s account and compliance with these conditions to any registered credit bureau.
  5. 5. THE CUSTOMER WARRANTS AND REPRESENTS THAT ALL INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY IT IS TRUE, CORRECT AND COMPLETE AND INDEMNIFIES AND HOLDS OPIX HARMLESS AGAINST ALL CLAIMS, OF WHATSOEVER NATURE, THAT ARISE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, AS A RESULT OF ANY INCORRECT INFORMATION BEING FURNISHED
  6. 6. OPIX will use the Customer’s information strictly in accordance with the Regulations promulgated in terms of Section 69 of the Act and undertakes to process and use the Customer personal data only for the purpose for which it has been collected and undertakes that this processing will be carried out in accordance with any notice, consent or other requirement which may be required by any applicable law in force in South Africa from time to time. OPIX furthermore will use the Customer’s information strictly in accordance with the provisions housed under its OPIX Individual Communications Service License.
  7. 7. THE CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGES AND ACCEPTS THAT WHERE IT DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THESE PROVISIONS THAT THIS WILL AMOUNT TO A MATERIAL BREACH BY THE CUSTOMER OF THIS AGREEMENT WHICH WILL ALLOW OPIX TO CANCEL THE AGREEMENT AND TO CLAIM DAMAGES AS A RESULT OF THE CANCELLATION.
  8. 8. The Customer also acknowledges and accepts that where it does not comply with the provisions set out under clause 9, that this will be a breach of RICA and this will give rise to a possible criminal charge and sanction being imposed against the Customer as per the requirements of RICA

10. DURATION, RENEWAL AND TERMINATION FOR NO CAUSE

  1. 1. The clause sets out how long the Agreement will run for and your rights to cancel the Agreement
  2. 2. Notwithstanding the Connection date, the Agreement will start on the Commencement date and will carry on for either the Initial Period or on a Month to Month basis, as selected by the Customer under the Application Form and for any Renewal Period, where renewed by the Customer, save for where the Agreement is terminated earlier by either of the Parties in accordance with their respective rights set out under this Agreement.
  3. 3. On expiration of the Initial Period, the Customer will have the right to terminate the Agreement by giving OPIX written notice of its election to terminate the Agreement or enter into a Renewal Addendum or complete a new Application Form, which Renewal Addendum or Application Form will set out the Renewal Period, and the applicable terms and conditions pertaining to such renewal. OPIX will notify Individual Customers, who have concluded a fixed term agreement with OPIX, not more than 80 nor less than 40 business days prior to the date of expiry of the Initial Period of the impending expiry of their fixed term agreement as per Section 14(2) (c) of the Consumer Protection Act, 2008
  4. 4. Should a Customer fail to notify OPIX of its election to terminate or renew the Agreement, and more in particular where a Consumer fails to notify OPIX of its election to either terminate or renew the Agreement as permitted under section 14 of the CPA, then the Agreement will continue on a month to month basis on the same terms and conditions as contained under the Agreement except for the adjustment of the charges associated with the month to month term and subject always to any variations in accordance with the Tariff List. Any month to month Agreement as envisaged in terms of this clause may be terminated by either party by giving 1 (One) months written notice to the other party
  5. 5. Cancellation or variation of the OPIX Services or Selected SE before the Connection date WHERE THE CUSTOMER CANCELS OR VARIES ANY OF THE OPIX SERVICES, AND / OR THE SELECTED SE AS SELECTED UNDER THE APPLICATION FORM, WHICH CANCELLATION IS NOT AS A RESULT OF ANY BREACH ON THE PART OF OPIX, BEFORE THE CONNECTION DATE, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, OPIX WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHARGE THE CUSTOMER ALL ABORTIVE COSTS WHICH OPIX HAS INCURRED AS A RESULT OF THE CANCELLATION OR VARIATION, WHICH AMOUNT SHALL BE PAYABLE BY THE CUSTOMER ON DEMAND.
  6. 6. Termination of a Fixed Term Agreement by an Individual Consumer for no cause where an Individual Consumer has concluded a Fixed Term Agreement, the Individual Consumer will have the right to terminate the Fixed Term Agreement, for no particular reason or cause, at any time, provided the Consumer gives OPIX at least 20 (Twenty) Business days written notice of its election to terminate the Agreement, WHICH TERMINATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO PAYMENT OF A REASONABLE CANCELLATION FEE, WHICH WILL BE DETERMINED AND CALCULATED AT THE TIME WHEN THE NOTICE TO TERMINATE IS GIVEN BY THE CONSUMER, USING THE GUIDELINES SET OUT UNDER SECTION 14 AND REGULATION 5(2) OF THE CPA
  7. 7. Should the Individual Consumer elect to terminate the Agreement earlier than anticipated, as envisaged and permitted, I.E. BEFORE THE EXPIRATION OF THE INITIAL PERIOD, then on receipt of the termination notice, OPIX will advise the Individual Consumer of the amounts which are still owed to it, namely all the arrears amounts owing to OPIX in terms of the Agreement up to date of termination;; and the cancellation fee, as determined by OPIX as per the provisions of clause 10.6. The Consumer will pay OPIX the amounts referred to under clause 10.6 by the Due date indicated on the Invoice setting out the arrears amounts and the cancellation fee.

11. INSTALLATIONS AND PROVISION OF THE OPIX SERVICES

  1. 1. This clause sets out the type and quality of OPIX Services and where applicable the Selected SE which OPIX has agreed to provide you, the Customer with, who bears the risk of any misuse of the OPIX Services and Selected SE and what will happen when the OPIX Services are interrupted due to events/incidents which is beyond OPIX’s control. It also covers your right to change the OPIX Service, and OPIX’s right to change your number or the OPIX Services and or the Selected SE where required
  2. 2. The OPIX Service, including any Basic telephone service, is exclusive of any required SE, unless the Customer has expressly, under the Application Form, requested that OPIX provide it with the Selected SE. The Selected SE will be either leased or sold to the Customer at the prices, fees or rates set out under the Tariff List or as notified by OPIX to the Customer.
  3. 3. WHERE ANY SE IS REQUIRED FOR THE USE AND ENJOYMENT OF THE OPIX SERVICES WHICH IS NOT PROVIDED BY OPIX, THE CUSTOMER WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR INSTALLING SUCH SE AT ITS OWN RISK, COST AND EXPENSE
  4. 4. OPIX shall install the Connections required for the use of the OPIX Services and where applicable, the Selected SE at the Customer’s premises as set out under the Application Form, as requested by the Customer, against payment of the relevant installation fee and deposit, if applicable, as set out in the Tariff List or as quoted by OPIX
  5. 5. OPIX shall make reasonable endeavors to meet the installation date as requested by the Customer. However it is a condition of the Agreement that OPIX gives no undertakings that it will be able to meet any installation date requested by the Customer, the Customer accepting that OPIX will install the Connections required for the use of the OPIX Services and where applicable the Selected SE when it is in a position to do so, which will depend on the availability of spares, parts and service providers or OPIX contractors, whatever the case may be
  6. 6. OPIX will give the Customer notice of the installation date once it has received the Selected SE and secured the services of its OPIX contractors and service providers for the purposes of installing the Connections and selected SE
  7. 7. OPIX will ensure that it complies with all installation requirements set out under the Minimum Standard in so far as installation of the Connections and the Selected SE is concerned
  8. 8. OPIX’s duty to physically install the Connections required for the use of the OPIX Services and where applicable the responsibility to install the Selected SE or SE will terminate once the Connections and where applicable the Selected SE or SE have been supplied, installed and the Customer is able to receive, via the Selected SE, the OPIX Services.
  9. 9. INSTALLATION FOR FIBRE LINES WILL BE SUBJECT TO LIMITATIONS SET OUT BY THE RELEVANT FIBRE NETWORK OPERATOR (FNO) FROM TIME TO TIME, AND SHOULD ADDITIONAL DISTANCE BE REQUIRED TO THE POINT OF TERMINATION, THIS CHARGE WILL BE FOR THE ACCOUNT OF THE APPLICANT/CUSTOMER SOLELY. OPIX WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ADDITIONAL INSTALLATION CHARGES REQUESTED BY THE APPLICANT/CUSTOMER, ABOVE AND BEYOND THE STANDARD FIBRE INSTALLATIONS PARAMETERS
  10. 10. Only SE that has been type approved by the Authority may be used in conjunction with the OPIX Service, which SE must have all the technical and operational characteristics and modifications of the type that has been approved
  11. 11. If the SE is modified, it may not be used in conjunction with the OPIX Service until such time that the Authority has approved the modification.
  12. 12. OPIX RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISCONNECT FROM THE TECN OR NETWORK AND SUSPEND OR TERMINATE THE OPIX SERVICE, WHERE ANY SE THAT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED BY THE AUTHORITY OR THAT HAS BEEN LICENSED OR APPROVED BUT HAS BEEN MODIFIED WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE AUTHORITY IN TERMS OF SECTION 35 OF THE ACT HAS BEEN USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE OPIX SERVICES OR WHERE THE SE HAS BEEN INCORRECTLY INSTALLED OR CONNECTED TO THE CONNECTIONS AND THE CUSTOMER INDEMNIFIES OPIX AGAINST ANY LIABILITY, LOSS OR DAMAGE WHICH OPIX AND/OR THE CUSTOMER MAY INCUR AS A RESULT OF THE UNLAWFUL OR INCORRECT USAGE OF SUCH SE OR THE INCORRECT INSTALLATION OF THE SE, WHAT EVER THE CASE MAY BE
  13. 13. If the Customer is not the owner of the premises where the OPIX Service and / or where applicable the Selected SE is to be installed, the Customer must prior to any installation by OPIX, AT ITS OWN COST AND EXPENSE, OBTAIN WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE OWNER OF SUCH PREMISES FOR ANY SUCH INSTALLATION AND THE CUSTOMER INDEMNIFIES OPIX AGAINST DAMAGES OR CLAIMS RESULTING FROM THE FAILURE TO OBTAIN SUCH PERMISSION INCLUDING ALL AND ANY ABORTIVE COSTS WHICH MAY HAVE TO BE INCURRED BY OPIX SHOULD OPIX HAVE TO REMOVE ANY CONNECTIONS AND / OR THE SELECTED SE FROM THE PREMISES.
  14. 14. The Customer must at its own cost and expense provide suitable and adequate electrical power supply as may be required for the proper functioning of the Connections and the Selected SE or SE
  15. 15. THE CUSTOMER MUST AT ITS OWN COST AND EXPENSE ENSURE THAT OPTIMUM ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AS MAY BE REQUIRED FOR THE PROPER MANAGEMENT AND/OR FUNCTIONING OF THE CONNECTIONS AND THE SELECTED SE OR SE ARE PROVIDED, SUCH AS ADEQUATE VENTILATION, LIGHTING AND WALL/RACK SPACE
  16. 16. WHILST OPIX PROVIDES THE SERVICES HEREIN, OPIX HEREBY EXPRESSLY ADVISES THE CUSTOMER THAT OPIX DOES NOT OPERATE IN ISOLATION BUT INSTEAD RELIES ON FUNCTIONALITIES, EQUIPMENT AND/OR INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH ARE PROVIDED BY A NUMBER OF SERVICE PROVIDERS WHO PROVIDE SEPARATE BUT INTERRELATED AND CONNECTED SERVICES WHICH AS A WHOLE, ALLOWS THE ECN/NETWORK, THE SELECTED SE AND SE TO FUNCTION. THESE SERVICE PROVIDERS OPERATE AS INDEPENDENT SERVICE PROVIDERS WHO ARE NOT NECESSARILY CONTRACTED BY OPIX AND THE CUSTOMER ACCEPTS AND ACKNOWLEDGES THIS FACT
  17. 17. WHILST OPIX WILL COMPLY WITH AND MEET THE MINIMUM SERVICE STANDARDS AND USE ITS BEST ENDEAVORS TO ENSURE THAT THE OPIX SERVICES AND ANY SELECTED SE ARE OPERATIONAL AT ALL TIMES, OPIX DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE OPIX SERVICES WILL BE OPERATIONAL ON A 24 (TWENTY FOUR) HOUR 365 (THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE) DAYS PER YEAR BASIS, THIS BEING DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY AND THE NETWORK, WHICH IS DEPENDENT ON THE ACTIONS AND/OR INPUT OF A NUMBER OF INDEPENDENT SERVICE PROVIDERS WHOM OPIX HAS NO DIRECT CONTROL OVER
  18. 18. OPIX will use its best endeavors to notify the Customer in advance of any failure of, or interruption to the OPIX Services/ Selected SE or the Connections and where applicable any required maintenance and repairs which may result from such failure, interruption or unavailability, where OPIX is in a position to do this
  19. 19. OPIX IN ADDITION EXPRESSLY ADVISES AND THE CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGES AND ACCEPTS THAT THE CERTAIN SELECTED SE ARE NOT MANUFACTURED BY OPIX, BUT ARE MANUFACTURED BY THIRD PARTIES. IN MOST CASES, DUE TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT READ TOGETHER WITH THE AUTHORITY CODE OF PRACTICE AND GUIDELINES, OPIX WILL NOT BE IN A POSITION TO OPEN CERTAIN SELECTED SE OR TO TEST OR OPERATE THE SELECTED SE BEFORE THEY ARE HANDED TO THE CUSTOMER IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE FIT FOR PURPOSE AND / OR ARE INTACT
  20. 20. IN LIGHT OF THE DISCLOSURES HOUSED UNDER CLAUSES 5.4.1- 5.4.4 OPIX EXPRESSLY STIPULATES AND THE CUSTOMER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT OPIX CANNOT WARRANT OR GUARANTEE THAT THE OPIX SERVICES AND / OR THE SELECTED SE WILL
    1. 1. AT ALL TIMES BE FREE OF ERRORS OR INTERRUPTIONS;;
    2. 2. ALWAYS ARE AVAILABLE;;
    3. 3. BE FIT FOR ANY PURPOSE;;
    4. 4. NOT INFRINGE ON ANY THIRD PARTY RIGHTS;;
    5. 5. NOT INFRINGE ON ANY THIRD PARTY RIGHTS;;
  21. 21. Notwithstanding the provisions of clause 11.20 above, OPIX will use its best endeavors to notify the Customer in advance of any failure of, or interruption to the OPIX Services Connections and / or the Selected SE and where applicable any required maintenance and repairs which may result from such failure, interruption or unavailability, where OPIX is in a position to do so
  22. 22. OPIX AND THE CUSTOMER AND MORE IN PARTICULAR THE CONSUMER CONFIRM THAT THE PROVISIONS HOUSED UNDER CLAUSE 11 EXPRESSLY SET OUT THE THAT THE SELECTED SE AND THE OPIX SERVICES ARE SOLD OR OFFERED IN A SPECIFIC CONDITION. IN LIGHT OF THE ABOVE DISCLOSURES, WHICH ARE PERMITTED UNDER SECTION 54(1) OR 55 (6) OF THE CPA, THE CUSTOMER AND MORE IN PARTICULAR THE CONSUMER, ACKNOWLEDGES THAT IT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO
    1. 1. withhold any amounts due and owing to OPIX;; or
    2. 2. deduct any monies
  23. 23. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the Agreement, the Customer acknowledges that it does not own the telephone number that is allocated to it in respect of the OPIX Service or Selected SE, which number is owned by the Authority and which has been allocated to OPIX as per the provisions of the Act
  24. 24. OPIX reserves the right to change any number within the existing numbering plan, code, password, user identity or name allocated by OPIX from time to time for use in connection with the OPIX Services, the Selected SE or SE which change has been necessitated by the Authority who owns the number range and/or where OPIX may have to change the aforementioned numbers if it changes its technology and/or due to other operational requirements and/or where a customer moves to another location which falls within a different exchange area and this necessitates a change to the numbering scheme. Adequate notice where possible will be provided to the Customer of the number change, the reasons therefore and the new number.
  25. 25. OPIX WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO THE CUSTOMER OR ANY OTHER PERSON FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE OR COSTS (DIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR OTHERWISE) WHICH MAY BE INCURRED IN CONSEQUENCE OF ANY CHANGE TO THE NUMBER AS ANTICIPATED AND SET OUT IN THIS CLAUSE 11

12. CHARGES AND PAYMENT

  1. 1. This clause sets out the Charges which OPIX is entitled to levy in respect of the use of the OPIX Services and Selected SE which you, the Customer, have asked OPIX to provide you with, its right to ask for a deposit and set credit limits and how the invoice will be paid by yourself once you receive it
  2. 2. In return for the supply of and access to the OPIX Services and the Selected SE, the Customer agrees and undertakes to pay to OPIX the Charges as per the Tariff List or as advised by OPIX and as set out under the Invoice
  3. 3. For the avoidance of doubt any Invoice, which will be submitted to the Customer, will set out and detail the following Charges, where applicable:
    1. 1. Activation fees: survey charge, and any other introductory charges which will be charged during the first month of the Agreement and levied as a once off initial charge in respect of the connection of the OPIX Services and the Selected SE;
    2. 2. reconnection charge: levied, where the Customer‘s right to use the OPIX Services and Selected SE is suspended due to non-payment, and which fee is in respect of any restoration of the OPIX Service or Selected SE, which fee is payable in advance, together with any outstanding amounts which are due to OPIX and any deposit which OPIX requests to be paid;
    3. 3. service charges: levied on each occasion for the provision of miscellaneous services requested by the Customer
    4. 4. rental charges: levied periodically, usually on a monthly basis, in respect of the use and availability of the OPIX Services and Selected SE and subject to a minimum rental period of one calendar month. Rental charges are payable in advance for the first and any subsequent rental period, with effect from the Connection date;
    5. 5. maintenance charges: levied periodically, usually on a monthly basis, or on performance, depending on the type of maintenance contract, for maintenance of the OPIX Services and or Selected SE that OPIX has contracted to provide to the Customer and which are not covered by the rental charge, which amounts are payable in advance for the first and any subsequent maintenance period, as from the date on which the maintenance contract is signed, or as performed, as the case may be
    6. 6. cancellation fee: levied to recover any costs incurred by OPIX in respect of the Customer electing to terminate the Agreement as per the provisions of clauses
    7. 7. call/usage charges: levied on the use of the OPIX Service or on any element thereof, where such use is metered. Calls are metered from the moment that a connection is established up until the moment it is terminated. Call charges are billed to the Customer at the end of each billing period and are payable on the due date of the Invoice
    8. 8. Abortive costs: levied to recover abortive costs incurred by OPIX in relation to the provision or maintenance of services. These will include, without limitation, the recovery of costs including any cost relating to the de-installation of the service (or any element or part thereof) that may result from changes to an application before the service is provided, or for work to repair faults caused by non-OPIX equipment. Abortive Costs are billed to the Customer at the end of the billing period in which they are incurred and are payable on the due date of the Invoice
    9. 9. interest on overdue amounts: any amount due by the Customer to OPIX not paid on or before the Due date indicated on the Invoice, shall bear interest at the Interest rate, compounded monthly, calculated from the date of issue of the Invoice until date of actual payment thereof
    10. 10. migration costs: levied in respect of any agreement reached by the Parties in respect of a Migration by the Customer; and
    11. 11. VAT: value added tax levied on the Charges as required under the Value Added Act 89 of 1991
  4. 4. OPIX shall be entitled to levy and collect from the Customer the payment of a deposit, as determined by OPIX in its sole discretion, and communicated to the Customer when OPIX accepts the Customer’s application and agrees to provide the Customer with the OPIX Services and Selected SE, where applicable, which will be a pre-condition for providing the OPIX Services and Selected SE. The deposit is to serve as security for payment of any amounts set out under the Invoice which are due to OPIX by the Customer, but not paid on Due date.
  5. 5. Where any amounts due to OPIX by the Customer, are not paid on Due date, OPIX shall have the right, without prejudice to any of its rights, to:
    1. 5. Where any amounts due to OPIX by the Customer, are not paid on Due date, OPIX shall have the right, without prejudice to any of its rights, to:
    2. 2. use the deposit (where one has been paid) to settle any amount due to OPIX by the Customer together with interest thereon at the Interest rate, and
    3. 3. demand from the Customer
    4. 4. the payment of a deposit where none has been paid
    5. 5. payment of an additional or an increased deposit; and
    6. 6. payment of a reconnection charge, as determined by OPIX as a pre-condition for restoring the OPIX Services
  6. 6. OPIX will periodically provide the Customer, usually on a monthly basis, with an account, which constitutes a statement in respect of the OPIX Services and where applicable, in respect of the use of the Selected SE, and an Invoice for the amounts payable by the Customer. The invoice will at the Customer’s election be sent by electronic means (email/MMS/etc.) at no charge to the customer or by mail, which may attract reasonable additional charges
  7. 7. Detailed billing is available to the Customer and will be provided on request against the payment of the applicable service charge set out under the Tariff List
  8. 8. Where OPIX notices that there is a significant increase in call/usage charges since the Customer’s last Invoice, OPIX may, at its own discretion, issue to the Customer an Invoice outside the normal billing cycle, and/or demand immediate payment of any amounts due by the Customer in respect of such Invoice
  9. 9. In the event that a faulty condition in the ECN which prevents an accurate determination of the number of units on which the call charges are determined for a billing period, the call charge for the period in question shall be set as the average call charge for the preceding 6 (six) billing periods (or lesser billing periods if the OPIX Service has been provided for a shorter time).
  10. 10. The Invoice rendered by OPIX to the Customer is on the face of it, and until the contrary is proved, (prima facie) proof of the amount due by the Customer to OPIX. The Customer is, however, entitled to query or dispute any element of the Invoice in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement. All undisputed portions of the Invoice must, however, be paid by the Due date
  11. 11. If OPIX determines that the disputed amount is in error, OPIX shall reverse the amount incorrectly debited, on the Customer’s next Invoice. Should OPIX, however, determine and inform the Customer that the disputed amount was billed correctly, such, payment together with interest at the Interest rate shall be paid by no later than the Due date of the next Invoice.
  12. 12. The Customer is liable for the payment of all Charges as reflected in the Invoice, extraordinary Invoice or interim Invoice, as the case may be.
  13. 13. OPIX Services and SE may be subject to an annual increase. The customers shall be notified of such annual increase 30 days before it is given effect to.

13. RISK AND OWNERSHIP

  1. 1. Ownership in and to the OPIX Services and the Selected SE, where applicable, will remain vested in OPIX unless the Customer has bought and paid for in full, the Selected SE.
  2. 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of clause 13.1, risk in and to the OPIX Services and the Selected SE will pass to the Customer on the date of delivery of the Connections and the Selected SE to the Customer’s premises, including risk of loss, theft, destruction or damage.

14. DEFECTS, LIABILITY, WARRANTIES, REPAIRS AND SUSPENSION OF THE OPIX SERVICE

  1. 1. Consumer’s Implied Warranty On Selected SE
    1. 1. OPIX expressly stipulates and the Consumer acknowledges that OPIX provides the Selected SE in a sealed package and hence it will not have been able to ascertain if the Selected SE is free from defect or in good order and condition. In other words OPIX cannot warrant or guarantee that the Selected SE will at all times be available, suitable for the intended purpose, are of good quality and in good working order, free of defects, free of errors or interruptions, fit for any purpose, do not infringe on any third party rights, or that they are secure and reliable.
    2. 2. Notwithstanding the above exclusions, should the Selected SE including the software and battery used in connection with the Selected SE, fall short of the standards set out under section 55(2) of the CPA, and such defect or fault becomes apparent within 6 (Six) months after the Selected SE has been delivered by OPIX to the Consumer, then the Consumer must immediately notify OPIX of the defect and /or failure and bring the Selected SE to a nominated OPIX repair center
    3. 3. No return will be accepted by OPIX unless the Consumer returns the complete unit of the Selected SE including packaging, accessories (including but not limited to manuals, AC Adapter (charger) and any other inclusive part of the Selected SE) and can and does provide proof of purchase of the Selected SE from OPIX, which must be in the form of a sales record or Invoice. The Consumer must retain the packaging for the warranty period as stipulated by the manufacturer. OPIX will not be responsible for ordinary wear and tear on the SE or negligence on the part of the customer having given rise to the SE defect
    4. 4. On return of the Selected SE, the Consumer must:
      1. describe what caused the Selected SE to malfunction or to stop functioning; and
      2. allow the OPIX representative to inspect the Selected SE for physical damage and/ or signs of liquid damage
    5. 5. The acceptance of the returned SE by OPIX is subject to the following terms and conditions:
      1. the Selected SE will be sent to the OPIX technical center for further examination, and analysis, which will take no longer than 3 (Three) weeks or such a longer period as notified by OPIX
      2. acceptance of the Selected SE is on behalf of the manufacturer and is not an admission of liability by OPIX, or OPIX acting on behalf of its suppliers or manufacturers, that the Selected SE is defective or that it is not in accordance with the standards as set out in section 55(2) of the CPA
    6. 6. OPIX will notify the Consumer as soon as is reasonably possible and within the prescribed period set out under sub clause 14.1.5.1 read together with the periods set out under the Minimum Service Standards of the results of any inspection and/or analysis and the cause of the defect and/or failure and whether OPIX or the manufacturer of the Selected SE accepts responsibility or not for such defect and or failure.
    7. 7. Where on inspection it has been found that the Selected SE is not in accordance with the standards set out in section 55(2) of the CPA as the case may be, then OPIX, either itself, or on behalf of the supplier and / or manufacturer of the Selected SE will either, at the option of the Consumer
      1. repair or replace the failed, unsafe or defective part of the Selected SE; or
      2. instead, at the election of the Consumer, refund to the Consumer the price paid by the Consumer, for the returned Selected SE, less any reasonable Usage charges
    8. 8. any acceptance of the Selected SE for repairs and maintenance will be done on or under the condition that OPIX is acting as an agent on behalf of the manufacturer or local supplier of the Selected SE; and
    9. 9. OPIX will not be liable for any loss, damage, destruction, theft or negligent workmanship howsoever or by whomsoever caused to the Selected SE whilst under the manufacturer or local supplier’s control who is performing the repair or maintenance work; and
    10. 10. the costs of any such maintenance or repair work, which will be quoted for before commencement of the service and or repair work, will once accepted by the Consumer, be for the Consumer’s account
  2. 2. Customer’s warranty on Selected SE
    1. 1. Where clause 14.1 does not apply, because the Customer is not a Consumer, as defined, and where the Customer is of the view that the Selected SE is faulty, then the Customer must immediately notify OPIX of the extent of the defect and /or failure.
    2. 2. Upon receipt of the complaint OPIX will notify the Customer where to take the faulty Selected SE for the purposes of inspecting the Selected SE, which is faulty or defective
  3. 3. The acceptance of any returned goods by OPIX in terms of this clause 14.2.3, is subject to the following terms and conditions
    1. the Selected SE will be sent to the OPIX technical center for further examination, and analysis, which will take no longer than 3 (Three) weeks or such a longer period as notified by OPIX;
    2. acceptance of the Selected SE is on behalf of the manufacturer and is not an admission of liability by OPIX, or OPIX acting on behalf of its suppliers or manufacturers, that the Selected SE is defective;
    3. OPIX will notify the Customer as soon as is reasonably possible and within the prescribed period set out under sub clause 14.2.3.1 of the results of any inspection and/or analysis and the cause of the defect and/or failure and whether OPIX or the manufacturer accepts responsibility or not for such defect and/or failure;
    4. Where on inspection it has been found that the Selected SE is defective and is covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, then OPIX will submit on behalf of the Customer to the supplier and / or manufacturer the defective Selected SE for repair and/or replacement as per the standard manufacturer’s warranty
    5. Where any returned Selected SE are found to fall outside of the manufacturer’s warranty, then the supplier, manufacturer and in particular OPIX will have no further responsibility or liability in relation to the returned Selected SE
  4. 3. Suspension and Withdrawal of the Selected OPIX Service and or Selected SE
    1. 1. OPIX may from time to time, and on notice where this is possible, or without notice where this is not possible, suspend the OPIX Service and where applicable the right to use the Selected SE, or in its discretion disconnect the Selected SE from the TECN in any of the following circumstances:
      1. 1. for modifications to, or planned maintenance of the TECN
      2. 2. for routine maintenance of international facilities
      3. 3. if the Customer has failed to pay any amounts due to OPIX by Due date as reflected in the Invoice;
      4. 4. where the OPIX Services are suspended or discontinued as a result of 3rd parties experiencing problems on their infrastructure which has affected or disrupted the OPIX Service;
      5. 5. where certain OPIX Services are being abused by the Customer or by customers in general; and/or
      6. 6. where the OPIX Service or Selected SE is found to contain a security risk or shortcoming which enables the Customer to exploit the OPIX Service to the detriment of OPIX
    2. 2. The Customer accepts that the rights to suspend the OPIX Services and or Selected SE are necessary in order to protect the interest of both the Customer and OPIX and that during such period of suspension, despite the fact that limited or no OPIX Services will be available, that it will nonetheless in the case of the circumstances set out under clauses 14.3.1.3, 14.3.1.5, or 14.3.1.6 remain liable for all Charges due and set out under any Invoice which may be levied by OPIX during the period of suspension
      1. 1. No interruption of the OPIX Service referred to under clause 14.3.1 shall be deemed to have occurred during any modifications and/or maintenance window or any authorised suspension of a service and the Customer acknowledges that it shall have no claim against OPIX in respect of all or any of the interruptions described under clause 14.3.1, save that the Customer will in the case of the circumstances set out under clauses 14.3.1.1, 14.3.1.2, and 14.3.1.4 be entitled to receive a reduction of the Charges levied by OPIX on a pro rata basis, taking into consideration the length and severity of the suspension or unavailability
    3. 2. OPIX may from time to time, and on notice where this is possible, or without notice where this is not possible, and without prejudice to any other claims or remedies, which OPIX may have in terms hereof or in law, discontinue or terminate any part of the OPIX Service and where applicable the right to use the Selected SE, or in its discretion disconnect the Selected SE from the TECN in any of the following circumstances
      1. 1. where the OPIX Service or Selected SE is found to contain a defect which enables the Customer to exploit the OPIX Service to the detriment of OPIX;
      2. 2. where the OPIX Service or Selected SE has reached the end of its lifespan and is uneconomical to maintain or continue
      3. 3. where it is unduly burdensome and/or unfeasible for OPIX to provide such services, or
      4. 4. where there has been an insignificant interest in the use of a particular OPIX Service or Selected SE; and/or
      5. 5. in response to an instruction from the Authority or in terms of the Act or some other law or body the OPIX Service or Selected SE or SE is discontinued
      6. 6. where the Customer uses SE that is not approved by the Authority for such use
      7. 7. if the Customer has received the OPIX Service as a result of fraud or misrepresentation
      8. 8. if the Customer uses in connection with the OPIX Service, SE that belongs to OPIX but which the Customer has obtained illegally;
      9. 9. if the Customer makes or offers to make any arrangement or composition with its creditors or commits any act of insolvency in terms of the Insolvency Act or any other applicable legislation;
      10. 10. if the Customer does or allows to be done any act or omission, which in OPIX’s opinion will or may have the effect of negatively affecting the operation of the OPIX Service or the TECN;
      11. 11. if the Customer is using, or permitting the use of the OPIX Service or any element thereof for any illegal purpose or in contravention of the Act, CPA and/or any act of Parliament
      12. 12. if OPIX has been instructed to do so by any authority competent to issue such instruction;
      13. 13. where the OPIX Service is provided as a dedicated private international circuit, OPIX may terminate the service immediately where any remote portion of the circuit is suspended or terminated by the foreign service provider;;
      14. 14. for any other reason incidental to 14.3.4.1 - 14.3.4.14 inclusive
      15. 15. The Customer accepts that the rights to terminate or discontinue the Services and or Selected SE are necessary in order to protect the interest of both the Customer and OPIX and that where any such Service or Selected SE is discontinued that the Customer will be entitled to receive a reduction of the Charge levied by OPIX pro rata to such discontinuation or termination
      16. 16. Where a OPIX Service or Selected SE is discontinued or suspended, as per this clause 14.3 then the Customer agrees that it will not
      17. 17. withhold any amounts which are or which may become due and owing to OPIX;;
      18. 18. deduct any monies from the Charges, save for the amounts which OPIX may agree to as per the provisions of clause 14.3.5 above;; and/ or
      19. 19. demand any refund, or bring any action for damages or otherwise against OPIX, in respect of any such discontinued service

15. LIMITED LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY

  1. This section sets out OPIX’s liability in respect of the OPIX Services, the Selected SE or the SE, which you, the Customer, should take careful note of.
    1. 1. OPIX assumes no responsibility for the integrity, correctness, retention or content of information transported via the TECN
    2. 2. OPIX is not liable for any damages or loss suffered by the Customer as a result of any entry, incorrect entry or omission of an entry in the Directory, which is beyond OPIX’s control
    3. 3. LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY OPIX WHICH ARISES OR OCCURS AS A RESULT OF THE USE, INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE OR REMOVAL OF THE OPIX CONNECTIONS, SERVICES, SELECTED SE AND SE WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 61 OF THE CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT. THE CONSUMER IN THIS CASE WILL BE ALLOWED TO AVAIL ITSELF TO THE PROVISIONS HOUSED UNDER SECTION 61 OF THE CPA SO LONG AS THE CONSUMER IS ABLE TO SHOW THAT THE OPIX CONNECTIONS, SERVICES, SELECTED SE OR SE WERE OR ARE DEFECTIVE AND THAT SUCH DEFECT GAVE RISE TO THE LOSS OR DAMAGE BUT SUBJECT ALWAYS TO THE DEFENSES PERMISSIBLE AND AVAILABLE TO OPIX AND ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS UNDER SECTION 61 OF THE CPA.
    4. 4. SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF CLAUSE 15.3 ABOVE, OPIX SHALL NOT BE LIABLE TO THE CUSTOMER OR ANY OTHER PERSON WHOMSOEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER, OR INCUR ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGES TO THE CUSTOMER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR USER; WHICH ARISES OR OCCURS AS A RESULT OF THE USE OF, OR ARISING OUT OF THE PROVISION OF, THE CONNECTIONS;; THE OPIX SERVICES;; THE SELECTED SE;; THE SE;; OR THE INSTALLATION, MAINTENANCE OR REMOVAL OF THE CONNECTION, THE OPIX SERVICES, SELECTED SE OR SE, AND WHETHER SUCH CLAIM, ACTION OR DAMAGE IS DIRECT OR INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL OR CONTINGENT AND IN PARTICULAR OPIX SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY:
      1. 1. LOSS OF LIFE
      2. 2. INJURY
      3. 3. MEDICAL EXPENSES,
      4. 4. SUPPORT
      5. 5. FINANCIAL LOSS OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT
      6. 6. LOSS OF EARNINGS
      7. 7. LOSS OF PROFIT AND/OR INCOME
      8. 8. LOSS OF REVENUE,
      9. 9. LOSS OF BUSINESS OR GOODWILL, OR
      10. 10. ANY OTHER SPECIAL DAMAGES
      11. 11. INCURRED BY THE CUSTOMER, ANY USER OR ANY OTHER PERSON WHO MAY BE USING THE OPIX SERVICES, SE, SELECTED SE OR THE CONNECTIONS, HOWSOEVER ARISING, AND THE CUSTOMER INDEMNIFIES OPIX AGAINST ANY CLAIM OR ACTION, AS DESCRIBED ABOVE, WHICH MAY BE BROUGHT BY ANY PERSON IN THIS REGAR
    5. 5. OPIX only provides access to the Internet. OPIX does not operate or control the information, services, opinions or other content of the Internet, and OPIX makes no warranties or representation regarding any such information, services, opinions or other content. The Customer agrees that it shall make no claim whatsoever against OPIX relating to the content of the Internet or respecting any information, product, service or software ordered through or provided by virtue of the Internet. OPIX reserves the right to take measures as may be necessary, in OPIX’s sole discretion, to ensure security and continuity of service on the OPIX network, including but not limited to identification and blocking or filtering of internet traffic sources which OPIX deems to pose a security risk or operational risk or a violation of its acceptable use policy. In addition, the Customer understands that OPIX does not own or control other third party networks outside of the OPIX network, and OPIX is not responsible or liable for filtering or access restrictions imposed by such networks or for the performance (or non-performance) within such networks or within interconnection points between OPIX network and other third party networks.
    6. 6. The provision of the OPIX Internet access is further subject to the Internet Terms and Conditions as well as the acceptable use policy as available on the OPIX web site (www.opix.co.za
    7. 7. The Customer is responsible for maintaining the security of its internal network from unauthorised access through the Internet. OPIX shall not be liable for unauthorized access to the Customer’s network or other breaches of the Customer’s network security.
    8. 8. The limitation on liability set out above is addition to any limitation of liability set out elsewhere under the Agreement

16. CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE, COMPLAINTS AND DISPUTES

This section sets out how you, the Customer, can contact OPIX for assistance and how you must lodge a complaint, should one arise

  1. 1. OPIX provides Customer care to all Customers during Office hours, excluding times when it is unable to assist due to reasons beyond its reasonable control
  2. 2. The Customer must, once it experiences any trouble with any of the OPIX Services and/or Selected Customer Equipment bring the suspected problem to OPIX’s attention by contacting the relevant Customer care office at the number listed on the Invoice and website. The suspected problem will then be logged and detailed, and the Customer will be provided with a reference number.
  3. 3. OPIX will use its best endeavors to attend to the complaint as soon as it is possible, which will depend on the complexity and nature of the suspected problem, as logged, as well as resource/manpower availability, but subject always to the minimum service standards set out under the Minimum Service Standards.
  4. 4. Where a Customer is of the view that the matter has not been resolved to the satisfaction of the Customer, the Customer will have the right to elevate the matter to the Authority, which can be done by contacting either
  5. 5. the complaints website https://www.icasa.org.za and selecting the tab “complaints”; or by email at Customers@icasa.org.za.
  6. 6. The above rights set out under clauses 16.1 to 16.4 are without prejudice to both parties’ respective rights to pursue a complaint or action in any other forum, which has jurisdiction over the matter including the rights to submit the complaint, dispute or action to the National Consumer Commission or to arbitration

17. BREACH AND TERMINATION

This section sets out what will happen when one of the parties to the Agreement fails to comply with the terms and conditions, which is known as a breach of the agreement which will allow the party who has not breached the agreement to cancel the Agreement and claim damages.

  1. This section sets out what will happen when one of the parties to the Agreement fails to comply with the terms and conditions, which is known as a breach of the agreement which will allow the party who has not breached the agreement to cancel the Agreement and claim damages.
  2. 2. Should OPIX breach any material term of this Agreement, then the Customer will have the right to provide OPIX with a letter requiring OPIX to rectify the breach within a period of 20 (Twenty) Business Days. Should OPIX neglect or fail to rectify such breach within the 20 (Twenty) Business Days’ notice period, then the Customer may cancel the Agreement, which will be without prejudice (meaning to preserve your respective rights and positions) to the Customer’s rights to claim any damages which it may have incurred in consequence of OPIX’s breach
  3. 3. Should the Customer be sequestrated, liquidated, OPIX shall be entitled to immediately cancel this Agreement upon notice to the Customer
  4. 4. The Customer agrees that OPIX may register the details of the manner in which payments have been conducted by it or its agent, with any registered credit bureau
  5. 5. The Customer shall be liable for all costs, including legal costs on an attorney and client scale, and tracing cost and collection commission incurred by OPIX in respect of the enforcement of any obligations of the Customer in terms of this Agreement and in the case of a Consumer, subject to the provisions housed under Regulation 44 (3) (aa) of the CPA.
  6. 6. Without prejudice to any other claims or remedies which OPIX may have against the Customer in terms of this Agreement or in law, OPIX may on 20 (Twenty) Business Days’ notice terminate the Agreement if the Customer has delayed the installation of the Selected OPIX Service for longer than 3 (Three) months and hold the Customer liable for all and any abortive costs incurred by OPIX in this regard.

18. CONSEQUENCES OF ANY TERMINATION

This section sets out what will happen when the Agreement is cancelled

  1. 1. After termination of the Agreement for whatever reason
  2. 2. OPIX may, on reasonable notice and in the Customer’s presence enter the Customer’s premises to remove the Selected SE and / or Connection, which is owned by OPIX; and
  3. 3. the Customer will remain liable for and will pay on demand all charges and/or costs outstanding at the time of termination, or accrued thereafter because of the termination.

19. LEGAL ADDRESS FOR SERVICE (DOMICILIUM AND NOTICES

This section sets out the addresses of each party where the other party can serve legal documents and notices on the other

  1. 1. The parties choose the addresses set out below as their chosen place to receive legal notices (domicilium citandi et executandi):
    1. OPIX (Pty) Ltd, 10 Oxford Office Park, 3 Bauhinia Str, Highveld, Centurion, and
    2. the Customer at the physical or residential address specified in the Application Form
  2. 2. All notices given in terms of this Agreement shall be in writing

20. GENERAL

The details below are all general in content and should be read and considered carefully.

  1. 1. Consumer status

    In consequence of the recently released CPA, certain rights have been granted to a Customer who is a Consumer, as defined under the CPA. OPIX reserves the right to withhold any of these rights and / or resultant benefits until such time as the Customer is able to prove to OPIX, which proof may be in the form of a set of Financial statements or an identity document, that it is a Consumer / and or in the case of a right which it is wanting to exercise under section 14 of the CPA, that it is an Individual Consumer. Where the Customer is unable to show that it is a Consumer or Individual Consumer, in such an event OPIX reserves the right to reverse or call for restitution (a refund) of any rights or benefits which are permitted under the CPA and which the Customer has unlawfully taken advantage of.
  2. 2. Customer details and changes thereto

    The Customer agrees to supply OPIX with such information, documentation and signatures that OPIX may reasonably require at the time that the Agreement is concluded, in order to give effect to the payment arrangements of the Agreement. Any subsequent changes that affect the information supplied to OPIX such as bank account, legal service address referred to under clause 19 and credit card details must be brought to the immediate attention of OPIX by the Customer in writing
  3. 3. Cession

    OPIX shall be entitled to transfer (cede) its rights and/or to delegate its obligations arising from the Agreement and/or (hand over) assign the Agreement, wholly or partly, to any third party and it will give the Customer reasonable notice of this fact. The Customer shall not be entitled to cede, assign, encumber or delegate his obligations arising out of the Agreement without the prior written consent of OPIX, which will not be unreasonably withheld
  4. 4. Variation and Amendment

    Subject to and save where the right to amend the Agreement, has been specifically mentioned under the Agreement, neither party may vary the terms of the Agreement unless the other party agrees to such variation and the variation is reduced to writing and signed by both parties
  5. 5. Whole Agreement

    This document read with the relevant application form (which is deemed incorporated herein by reference), contains the sole and entire record of the Agreement between the parties. No party shall be bound by any express or implied term, representation, warranty, promise or the like not recorded herein or otherwise created by operation of law and no indulgence, leniency or extension of time which either party (“the grantor”) may grant or show to the other, shall in any way prejudice the grantor or preclude the grantor from exercising any of its rights in the future.
  6. 6. Authority

    Where OPIX is represented by any duly authorised representative, OPIX’s authority need not be proved
  7. 7. Duplicate and scanned version in place of original

    The Customer agrees that the Application Form and the Agreement, in particular the face page may be scanned and the paper version destroyed, and agrees to the scanned version and waives his right to dispute the authenticity of the scanned version
  8. 8. Unsolicited marketing and right to opt out

    The Customer understands that, in terms of section 45 of the Electronic Communications, Transactions Act 25 of 2002, and Protection of Personal Information Act (when enacted) the Customer and in terms of the provisions of the CPA in the case of a Consumer, the Consumer or the Customer has the option to request OPIX to remove its relevant contact particulars from its data base in respect of direct marketing and / or unsolicited commercial and/or marketing communications by OPIX
  9. 9. Severability

    In the event of any one or more of these terms and conditions being unenforceable, these clauses will be deleted and severed from the remainder of the Agreement, which will nevertheless continue to apply, be binding and enforceable
  10. 10. Acts of God

    Except as specifically provided under the Agreement, OPIX shall not be liable to the Customer for any breach of these conditions or failure to perform any obligation as a result of any force majeure (event beyond its reasonable control) event, including but not limited to technical problems relating to the TECN/Network, acts of God, Government controls, restrictions or prohibitions or any other Government act or omission, whether local or national, any act or default of any supplier, agent or sub- contractor, industrial disputes, strikes, lockouts or work stoppages of any kind or any other similar or dissimilar cause, in so far as these are beyond OPIX’s reasonable control
  11. 11. Indulgence and relaxing

    The failure of OPIX to enforce at any time the Agreement or any part thereof, or any right with regard thereto, must in no way be construed to be a waiver of the provision of the Agreement or to be an estoppel or novation or in any way to affect the validity of the Agreement. Any indulgence towards the Customer or the relaxing of the provisions of the Agreement must not prejudice the right of OPIX to insist on the strict compliance by the Customer of its undertakings and obligations in terms of the Agreement.
  12. 12. Intellectual property rights

    Any intellectual property rights vesting in OPIX, whether by statute or common law, will remain vested in OPIX and the Customer agrees not to do anything or allow anything to be done that may infringe OPIX’s rights and the Customer hereby INDEMNIFIES OPIX against any claims, actions and proceeding that may arise as a result of the Customer infringing or violating OPIX’s intellectual property rights
  13. 13. Applicable laws and Jurisdiction

    This Agreement will be interpreted and governed by the Laws of South Africa