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Thousands affected as Google SA goes down

By Anita Froneman for CapeTown Etc

People across the country working from home during the coronavirus lockdown were affected as Google South Africa experienced technical issues on Monday, causing various applications including Gmail, Google Docs, Hangouts and Maps to be inaccessible.

“Our engineers have observed an intermittent issue accessing various Google apps including Gmail, Google Maps, etc. The issue is 3rd party (Google) related and is affecting various ISP’s in South Africa. Further updates to follow,” RSAWEB said on Twitter.

It was unsure at the time exactly what the problem was.

The issue was reported to the Google Network Operations Centre and they were investigating, according to MyBroadband. Internet Service Providers will be updated as they figure out the issue.

By Londiwe Buthelezi for Fin24

Last Thursday, all Makro stores across the country were shut following issues that caused disruption in the company’s trading system.

“Makro experienced some system-related issues this morning impacting our ability for stores to operate normally. This has now been resolved and all stores are operational … We would like to extend our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience caused to our customers,” said Makro Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Welisa Nene.

Makro tweeted an apology to customers at around 13:00 on 2 January.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused while our stores have been closed today. We were experiencing a technical issue which has now been resolved. We are now open for trading,” it said.

Earlier in the day, customers were turned away at Makro stores in the Western Cape and Gauteng, while some remained in hopes that outlets would reopen soon.

Makro Woodmead in Sandton remained close past lunchtime, even though Makro tweeted that stores had reopened.

Massmart flagged the issue of downtime at Makro during the group’s interim results announcement in August. It said the system downtime was due to the implementation of a new system as the retailer switched from its legacy online system early in 2019.

But last year the downtime issues only affected online sales, which accounted for a mere 0.8% of all sales in Makro outlets. Signs at some of the stores on Thursday indicated that till points were also affected this time around.

Makro has 22 stores around the country trading in general merchandise, food and liquor. Nene confirmed that the downtime only impacted these 22 Makro stores across the country, and no other Massmart chains.

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