1.1. Unless it appears differently from the context or under this clause 1, words, terms and phrases used in the Contract shall have the same meaning as the definitions set out in the Electronic Communications Act, 36 of 2005.
1.2. Words importing the singular shall include the plural and vice versa.
1.3. Words denoting persons shall include natural human beings, legal entities and unincorporated associations of persons, and vice versa.
1.4. The headings in these terms and conditions shall not affect their interpretation.
1.5. Unless inconsistent with the context, the words and phrases set out below shall mean as follows:
1.5.1. “Anticipatory Costs” has the meaning as set out in clause 9.2.7;
1.5.2. “Activation Date” means the date that a Service is configured and made available to the Customer.
1.5.3. “Applicable Law” means any of the following, to the extent it applies to the provision of the Services by Stepedge and the use thereof by the Customer:
a) any statute, regulation, by-law, ordinance or subordinate legislation in force from time to time. Without limiting the generality, statutes include the ECA, CPA and RICA;
b) the common law;
c) any binding court order, judgment or decree;
d) any applicable industry code, policy or standard enforceable by law;
e) any relevant direction, rule, pronouncement, policy or order that is given by a regulator.
1.5.4. “AUP” means the Stepedge acceptable use policy, available at https://www.stepedge.co.za/pdf/AcceptableUsePolicy.pdf
1.5.5. “Business Day” means Monday to Friday, excluding Saturday, Sunday or public holiday as defined under the Public Holiday Act, 36 of 1994;
1.5.6. “Circuit(s)” means the telecommunications circuit(s) provided by Stepedge (or on behalf of Stepedge by a duly licensed third-party), installed at the Customer’s premise(s) at the addresses set out in the Contract. “Excluded Circuits” are circuits that the Customer has procured itself from a party other than Stepedge;
1.5.7. “Connection Date” means the date when Stepedge installs the Circuit at the Customer’s premises;
1.5.8. “Consumer” means a Customer who is a consumer as defined in the CPA. “Individual Consumer” means a Consumer who is a natural person – i.e. not a company;
1.5.9. “Contract” means collectively, the documents with headings ‘Subscriber Agreement’, ‘Quote’ and ‘General Terms and Conditions’, together with any Product Terms, service level agreements and product rules concluded between Customer and Stepedge;
1.5.10. “Charges” means the amounts charged by Stepedge for Services as set out in clause 9.2 below, which charges are set out in a quote and/or Subscriber Agreement or as notified by Stepedge from time to time per the terms of the Contract;
1.5.11. “CPA” means the Consumer Protection Act, 68 of 2008 and regulations published in terms thereof, as amended or replaced from time to time;
1.5.12. “Commencement Date” means the date when Stepedge has accepted and processed the Subscriber Agreement or notified the Customer that it has agreed to provide the Customer with the Services set out in a Subscriber Agreement;
1.5.13. “Customer” means the person described in the Subscriber Agreement and where such description is not wholly accurate, as further described in any documentation provided to Stepedge according to the requirements of RICA;
1.5.14. “Due date” means the date on which any amounts owed by Customer to Stepedge in respect of the Services become due and payable, and which is reflected on the invoice;
1.5.15. “ECA” means the Electronic Communications Act 36 of 2005 and its regulations, as amended or replaced from time to time;
1.5.16. “Fixed Term Agreement” refers to a Subscriber Agreement in terms of which the provision of Services is for a duration greater than one month;
1.5.17. “General Terms” means these general terms and conditions without the Subscriber Agreement, Quote or the Product Terms, but including any addendum to these terms;
1.5.18. “ICASA” means the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa and its successors;
1.5.19. “Initial Period” means the number of months applicable to the Fixed Term Agreement and which for any avoidance of doubt will be limited in the case of a Consumer, to a maximum of 2 (two) years;
1.5.20. “Interest Rate” means an annual rate equal to 5% above the prime lending rate charged by Stepedge’s bankers, calculated daily and capitalised monthly;
1.5.21. “Office hours” means 8h00 to 17h00 on Business Days;
1.5.22. “Parties” means Stepedge and the Customer and “Party” means either Stepedge or Customer, as the context requires;
1.5.23. “Personal Data” means all identifiable personal details conveyed to Stepedge by the Customer for lawful processing;
1.5.24. “Product Terms” means the specific terms and conditions applicable to particular Services provided to the Customer.
1.5.25. “Renewal Period” means a period of 12 (twelve) months, which period will start on the day following the last day of the Initial Period;
1.5.26. “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;
1.5.27. “Services” means the Services as listed in the Subscriber Agreement, and where applicable includes the Managed Service Equipment and the Circuit;
1.5.28. “Software” means any computer program provided to Customer, either through Stepedge acting as a principal, agent or distributor of the software licensor. Software may be embedded into Managed Service Equipment, supplied as a stand-alone application, or accessed via the internet or other web browsing method.
1.5.29. “Subscriber Agreement” means the document describing the Customer, the Services to be provided, and other administrative data;
1.5.30. “Subscriber Equipment” means the equipment as defined in section 1 of the ECA, but excludes Managed Service Equipment;
1.5.31. “Managed Service Equipment” means equipment managed by Stepedge in the provision of the Service;
1.5.32. “Stepedge” means Stepedge Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd, Registration number 2011/000797/07, a private company incorporated in terms of the laws of the Republic of South Africa;
1.5.33. “Stepedge Network” means the electronic communications network operated by Stepedge to render electronic communications services in terms of Stepedge’s electronic communications network and services licences. Stepedge Network includes Circuits that are self-provisioned by Stepedge under its licenses or procured by Stepedge from third-party licensees;
1.5.34. “Stepedge Portal” any Stepedge approved extranet(s) or system(s) with web-based access (or a combination thereof) where Customer and its authorised employees, agents and representatives may access to, amongst other things and where applicable:
a) view measurement data of selected Services;
b) have access to control panels and management interfaces to provision, upgrade, downgrade, increase, decrease (in general to manage) the Services;
c) process termination of Services;
1.6. When several days are provided for between the happening of one event and another, the number of days must be calculated by: –
1.6.1. excluding the day on which the first such event occurs;
1.6.2. including the day on or by which the second event is to occur; and
1.6.3. excluding any public holiday, Saturday or Sunday.
1.7. In the event of a conflict between a Subscriber Agreement, Product Terms or the General Terms, the conflict shall be resolved by applying the following order of preference:
1.7.1. A Subscriber Agreement; thereafter
1.7.2. Product Terms; thereafter
1.7.3. General Terms.
2.1. These General Terms govern the provision of all services and the relationship between Customer and Stepedge in general.
2.2. If Stepedge and Customer conclude multiple Subscriber Agreements, but only one set of General Terms, then that set of General Terms will apply to all Subscriber Agreements, regardless of whether the system generated contract numbers on the documents are not the same.
2.3. If Stepedge and Customer conclude multiple Subscriber Agreements, each with its version of General Terms, then the General Terms will apply only to the relevant Subscriber Agreement– as evidenced by the system generated contract number.
3.1. Commencement and duration of the Contract, billing start dates and renewal
3.1.1. The Contract will become binding on the Parties on the Commencement Date and will continue to be binding on each Party up to the end of the Initial Period or any Renewal Period, unless this Contract is terminated earlier by either of the Parties for cause on the grounds set out in the Contract.
3.1.2. In respect of a Service that does not involve the provision of a Circuit, or is provided over an Excluded Circuit, the Initial Period will commence on the Activation Date of such Service. In respect of each Circuit, the Initial Period for Services provided over that Circuit (whether bundled with the Circuit or not) will commence from the Activation Date. Where the Services require the provision of multiple Circuits, the Initial Period will begin on the Connection Date of the last Circuit.
3.1.3. When services are bundled with a Circuit, the cost of the Circuit is the single most significant component of the bundled Service, and accordingly, Customer agrees that Stepedge will be entitled to charge Customer from the Connection Date, regardless of whether any bundled value-added services had been activated or not.
3.1.4. If Customer is a juristic person then Customer must:
a) give Stepedge written notice of its election not to renew the Contract at least 90 (ninety) days before the expiration of the Initial Period; or
b) conclude a revised Subscriber Agreement,
failing which the agreement shall automatically renew for the Renewal Period.
3.2. Cancellation or variation of the Services before the Connection / Activation date
Where the Customer cancels or varies any of the Stepedge services before the Connection Date for any reason other than a breach on the part of Stepedge, Stepedge will have the right to charge the Customer Anticipatory Costs which Stepedge has incurred because of the cancellation or variation, which amount shall be payable by the Customer on demand.
3.3. Termination of a Fixed-Term Agreement by an Individual Consumer for no cause
3.3.1. 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 Stepedge at least 20 (Twenty) Business days written notice of its election to terminate the Contract. Such termination will be subject to payment of a reasonable cancellation fee that 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.
3.3.2. On receipt of the termination notice Stepedge will advise the Individual Consumer of the amounts which are still owed to it, namely all the arrears amounts owing to Stepedge in terms of the Contract up to date of termination and the cancellation fee. The Individual Consumer will pay Stepedge such amounts by the Due Date.
4.1. Installation of Services, Managed Service Equipment, Subscriber Equipment and use of unauthorised devices
4.1.1. Unless agreed to the contrary in a Subscriber Agreement, the Stepedge Service is exclusive of any required Subscriber Equipment. The Managed Service Equipment and where applicable the Subscriber Equipment will be either leased or sold to the Customer at the prices, fees or rates set out in the Subscriber Agreement.
4.1.2. Where Customer has agreed to purchase Subscriber Equipment from Stepedge, Customer shall not be entitled to withhold payment for the sale of Subscriber Equipment for trivial reasons.
4.1.3. In respect of the provision of electronic communications services, Stepedge shall install the Circuit and the Managed Service Equipment at the Customer’s premises against payment of the relevant installation fee and deposit as set out in the Subscriber Agreement.
4.1.4. If the Customer requests that an installation be attended to after office hours, Stepedge may, if it can perform such after-hours work, charge an after-hours maintenance charge on a time-and-material basis as determined by Stepedge from time to time.
4.1.5. LAN cabling pricing is deemed to be budgetary unless a physical site survey has taken place to confirm cable routes.
4.1.6. If no conduit-pipes are available for Stepedge’s use in any building where Stepedge must install a Service requiring conduit pipes, Stepedge may, at its discretion:
a) refuse to provide the Service in that building or any part thereof until such conduit-pipes or other facilities have been so installed; or
b) quote an installation cost in respect of the required conduit pipes, and if accepted by the Customer, install at the Customer’s cost the required conduit pipes or other facilities.
4.1.7. Stepedge’s duty to install the Circuit and the Managed Service Equipment or Subscriber Equipment will terminate once the Circuit and where applicable the Managed Service Equipment or Subscriber Equipment have been supplied, installed and the Customer can receive the Services.
4.1.8. Only Subscriber Equipment that has been type approved by ICASA may be used in conjunction with the Stepedge Service. Type approved equipment obtained from authorised dealers will have an ICASA type approved label affixed to the equipment and/or packaging.
4.1.9. If the Subscriber Equipment is modified, it may not be used in conjunction with the Stepedge Service until such time that ICASA has approved the modification.
4.1.10. Stepedge reserves the right to suspend or disconnect from the Stepedge Network any Subscriber Equipment that has not been approved by ICASA or that has been licensed or approved but has been modified without the approval of ICASA.
4.1.11. If the Customer is not the owner of the premises where the Stepedge Service and/or where applicable the Managed Service Equipment is to be installed, the Customer must before any installation by Stepedge, at its own cost and expense, obtain written permission from the owner of such premises for any such installation. The Customer indemnifies Stepedge against damages or claims resulting from the failure to obtain such permission including Anticipatory Costs which may have to be incurred by Stepedge should Stepedge have to remove any circuit and/or the selected Subscriber Equipment from the premises.
4.1.12. 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 Circuit and Managed Service Equipment or Subscriber Equipment are provided, such as adequate power supply, ventilation, lighting and wall/rack space.
4.2. Use of the Services, Managed Service Equipment and related equipment
4.2.1. The provision of any Service to the Customer does not confer on the Customer any right to resell the Service unless the Customer has been granted a licence or licence exemption by ICASA, and Customer has entered into a reseller agreement with Stepedge.
4.2.2. The service may not be used to:
a) knowingly create, store or disseminate any illegal content;
b) infringe on any third parties’ intellectual property or copyright; and
c) send unsolicited email.
4.2.3. For Stepedge to ensure the provision of the Service, to protect the integrity of the Stepedge Network or to deal with emergencies, the Customer must always whilst this Contract is in place:
a) comply with any instructions issued by Stepedge which concern the Customer’s use of the Services;
b) provide Stepedge with all information relating to the Customer’s use of the Services that Stepedge may reasonably require from time to time; and
c) allow Stepedge free access to the Customer’s premises during reasonable hours to install, inspect, maintain or remove the Circuit, Managed Service Equipment or Subscriber Equipment.
4.3. Failure and unavailability of the Services, Managed Service Equipment or Subscriber Equipment obtained from Stepedge
4.3.1. Customer recognizes that the Internet and data networks consist of multiple participating networks that are separately owned and not subject to Stepedge’s control.
4.3.2. Because of the position set out in clause 4.3.1 above, Stepedge does not warrant that the Stepedge services will be operational on a 24 (twenty-four) hour 365 (three hundred and sixty-five) days per year basis.
4.3.3. Furthermore, Stepedge expressly advises, and the Customer acknowledges and accepts that the Subscriber Equipment is not manufactured by Stepedge, but by third parties. In most cases, Stepedge will not be able to open certain Subscriber Equipment or to test or operate the selected Subscriber Equipment to ensure that they are fit for purpose and/or are intact before they are handed to the Customer.
4.3.4. Considering the disclosures housed under clauses 4.3.1 – 4.3.3 Stepedge expressly stipulates and the Customer acknowledges that Stepedge cannot warrant or guarantee that the Services and/or the Subscriber Equipment will:
a) be free of errors or interruptions;
b) be available;
c) be fit for any purpose;
d) not infringe on any third-party rights;
e) be secure and reliable,
except where the Services, the Circuit and/or Subscriber Equipment are found to be defective and such defect has been solely caused by Stepedge under sections 54, 55 and 56 of the CPA, where applicable.
4.3.5. Considering the above disclosures, Customer agrees that it will not be allowed to:
a) Withhold any amounts due and owing to Stepedge; or
b) Deduct any monies, or
c) Allege a breach of contract
in respect of any temporary unavailability of the Services, the Circuit or the Managed Service Equipment, except and to the degree that Stepedge is solely responsible for any such unavailability, or failure.
4.3.6. Notwithstanding the provisions of clause 4.3.4 above, Stepedge will use its best endeavours where Stepedge can do so to notify the Customer of any failure of, or interruption to the Services and/or Circuit and where applicable any required maintenance and repairs which may result from such failure, interruption or unavailability.
4.3.7. Where the Circuit, Managed Service Equipment or where relevant the Subscriber Equipment are defective, or faulty, then in such an event the Consumer’s rights will be limited to those set out under clause 10.
4.4. Theft and Loss of Stepedge Circuit, Managed Service Equipment and Subscriber Equipment provided by Stepedge
4.4.1. Whenever any Circuit, Managed Service Equipment or Subscriber Equipment purchased from Stepedge has been delivered but is not yet paid for in full is lost, stolen or destroyed, the Customer must immediately notify Stepedge and any police officer at any police station in writing that the Circuit, Managed Service Equipment and or any other Stepedge equipment has been lost, stolen, misplaced or destroyed.
4.4.2. Risk in the loss, theft or damage of the Circuit, Managed Service Equipment and where relevant the Subscriber Equipment will pass to the Customer on the date of delivery to the Customer’s premises. Stepedge reserves the right to hold the Customer liable for the full replacement cost of the Managed Service Equipment or the relevant Subscriber Equipment and or any other Stepedge equipment (and where the same equipment has been discontinued, then the full replacement cost of the most comparable available equipment).
4.5. Maintenance of the Services and Managed Service Equipment
4.5.1. Throughout the term of the Contract the Service, any Circuit or Managed Service Equipment used by the Customer will be deemed to be in good working order until Stepedge is advised otherwise.
4.5.2. Unless clauses 4.5.5 or 4.5.6 apply, or unless expressly stated to the contrary, the costs in respect of any repair and/or maintenance of the Circuit and the Service will be incurred and covered by Stepedge.
4.5.3. Stepedge will attend to faults reported by the Customer during Office hours and will apply its reasonable endeavours to have the affected Circuit and/or the Service restored in the shortest possible time.
4.5.4. The Customer is responsible for maintaining all Managed Service Equipment and Subscriber Equipment unless Stepedge has agreed to provide maintenance for the Managed Service Equipment, which will be charged out at the rate set out in the Subscriber Agreement.
4.5.5. If the Customer requests that a fault be attended to immediately and requires that repair work be carried out after office hours, Stepedge may, if it can perform such after-hours work, charge an after-hours maintenance charge on a time-and-material basis as determined by Stepedge from time to time.
4.5.6. If Stepedge determines that the fault reported by the Customer was caused by the Customer or by any Subscriber Equipment or by any other equipment that Stepedge has not agreed to cover, the Customer will be liable for payment of the applicable call-out charges, as determined by Stepedge from time to time.
5.1. The Customer shall use any Software provided to it by Stepedge only for the purposes for which it is intended.
5.2. The Customer shall not nor permit anyone else to reverse engineer, decompile, modify, tamper with, amend, enhance, copy, sell, lease, license, sub-license or otherwise deal with the software or any part, variation, modification, release or enhancement thereof or have any software or any program written or developed for it based on the Software.
5.3. All rights of whatever nature in and to the Software and all upgrades, updates, modifications and variations thereto from time to time, shall vest in Stepedge or its licensors and no rights in and to the software, its upgrades, updates, modifications and variations thereto are granted or assigned to the Customer. The Customer shall not, at any time in any way, question or dispute the ownership of the Software and undertakes not to infringe or prejudice any rights of Stepedge or its licensors in and to the Software.
5.4. Stepedge shall upgrade any Software provided to the Customer under the Subscriber Agreement (and if not explicitly dealt with in the Subscriber Agreement at its sole discretion).
The Customer acknowledges that Stepedge may establish generally acceptable use practices and limits concerning the use of the Services, including — for example: the period that the Customer’s email messages and other content uploaded on to Stepedge’s server is retained, the quantity and size of material that may be sent from or received by the Customer and available disk space that will be allocated to Stepedge’s servers on the Customer’s behalf.
7.1. Stepedge grants Customer a non-exclusive, non-transferable right to Stepedge Portal(s).
7.2. Access to any such Stepedge Portal shall be through an approved User ID or other authentication mechanism provided by Stepedge to Customer.
7.3. Any adjustments by Customer to Services on Stepedge Portal are binding, and Customer assumes full responsibility for payment obligations arising out of modifications made on Stepedge Portal.
7.4. Customer acknowledges that the documentation and information that accessible by Customer through Stepedge Portal shall be deemed to be classified as Confidential Information of Stepedge and, as such, disclosure and use of such documentation and information shall be governed by the terms of this Agreement relating to Confidential Information.
7.5. Customer shall take all necessary steps to maintain the security and integrity of all User IDs used in connection with accessing Stepedge Portal.
7.6. Customer shall inform Stepedge if Customer has any reason to believe that a User ID used in connection with accessing Stepedge Portal has or is likely to become known to someone not authorised to use it or is being or is expected to be used in an unauthorised way.
7.7. Stepedge reserves the right to suspend User ID access to Stepedge Portal of Customer if at any time Stepedge reasonably considers, after consulting with Customer whenever practicable, that there has been or is likely to be a breach of security in respect of a User ID. Stepedge may issue replacement User IDs or cease suspension when Stepedge is satisfied that the breach of security or threat of breach of security is resolved.
7.8. Customer understands that Stepedge may amend User ID’s periodically to prevent unauthorised access to Stepedge Portal and Customer will appoint an employee to whom Stepedge may communicate any such amended IDs.
8.1. In addition to its obligations as set out in the rest of these General Terms, Stepedge undertakes to:
8.1.1. adhere to the Applicable Law;
8.1.2. exercise the reasonable skill and care of a competent provider of the Services;
8.1.3. uphold and abide by the respective codes of conduct (as amended from time to time) of ISPA and WASPA, available at http://ispa.org.za/code-of-conduct/ and http://waspa.org.za/coc/14-3/; and
8.1.4. abide by and uphold its Code of Conduct, available at https://www.Stepedgetelecom.co.za/pdf/CodeOfConduct.pdf.
8.2. In addition to the Customer’s specified obligations as set out in the rest of these General Terms, Customer undertakes that it, or where relevant its employees will:
8.2.1. adhere to the Applicable Law;
8.2.2. deal with Stepedge employees and designated contractors in a courteous, respectful and professional manner and not in any manner act in an abusive way;
8.2.3. raise any issues that it is experiencing through a trouble ticket using the relevant telephonic, email or online facilities and provide Stepedge with any pertinent information that it may require resolving the trouble ticket; and
8.2.4. abide by the Stepedge acceptable use policy, available at https://www.stepedge.co.za/pdf/AcceptableUsePolicy.pdf.
9.1. In return for the supply of and access to the Services, the Customer agrees and undertakes to pay Stepedge the Charges.
9.2. Any invoice will, where applicable, detail the following types of Charges:
9.2.1. installation charge: the installation charge and any other charges levied as a once-off initial charge in respect of the connection of the Services;
9.2.2. reconnection charge: levied, where the Customer’s right to use the Services is suspended due to non-payment, and which fee is in respect of any restoration of the Service, is payable in advance, together with any outstanding amounts which are due to Stepedge;
9.2.3. ad-hoc / time and material charges: levied on each occasion for the provision of miscellaneous services requested by the Customer;
9.2.4. recurring/rental charges: levied periodically, usually monthly – but in any event, as indicated in the Subscriber agreement – in respect of the use and availability of the Services. Recurring charges are payable in advance for the first and any subsequent rental period on the first day of the month, with effect from the Activation Date;
9.2.5. cancellation fee: a fee raised by Stepedge to place it in the position it would have been had the Customer fulfilled the Contract;
9.2.6. call/usage charges: levied on the use of the Service where such use is metered. Call charges and usage charges are billed to the Customer at the end of each billing period.
9.2.7. anticipatory costs: levied to recover the charges that Stepedge would have billed for the duration of the Fixed Term Agreement if the Contract had run its full term.
9.2.8. interest on overdue amounts: any amount due by the Customer to Stepedge not paid on or before the Due date indicated on the invoice shall bear Interest from the date that an Invoice became due.
9.3.1. Stepedge will periodically provide the Customer, usually monthly, with a statement and an invoice for the amounts payable by the Customer. The invoice will be sent to the Customer by email.
9.3.2. Where there is an event which prevents an accurate determination of the number of units on which the call or usage charges are determined for a billing period, the call charge or usage charges for the period in question shall be set as the average call or usage charges for the preceding 6 (six) billing periods (or lesser billing periods if the Service has been provided for a shorter time).
9.3.3. The invoice sent by Stepedge to the Customer is on the face of it, and until the contrary is proved, proof of the amount due by the Customer to Stepedge. The Customer is, however, entitled to query or dispute any part of the invoice per the provisions set out under clause 13. All undisputed portions of the invoice must, however, be paid by the Due date.
9.3.4. If Stepedge determines that the disputed amount is in error, Stepedge shall credit the amount incorrectly debited. Should Stepedge 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.
9.4.1. Unless Stepedge expressly agrees to the contrary in writing, invoices are payable on presentation by way of a monthly debit order or using a credit card. The first invoice for a Service is issued upon activation of service and payable on presentation.
9.4.2. Invoices and statements are available for download in Stepedge Portal. Non-receipt of an invoice by the Customer shall therefore not be considered as a valid reason for late or non-payment.
9.4.3. The Customer shall be liable and responsible for payment until payment has been received into Stepedge’s bank account.
9.4.4. The Customer shall be in breach of the Contract by cancelling any debit order without the prior written consent of Stepedge or where any debit order is returned unpaid or stopped or should any charge card account, or credit card account of the Customer be rejected. In such a case, Stepedge will have the right to suspend the Customer’s account
until such arrears amounts together with interest thereon have been received and paid in full.
9.5. Changes to Charges
9.5.1. Stepedge shall be entitled to increase any of the amounts reflected in the Subscriber agreement, which increase will be relative to the Consumer Price Index. Increases linked to the Consumer Price Index usually are done once per year between January and April.
9.5.2. If there is a price increase on components of the Services beyond the control of Stepedge (for example: foreign exchange fluctuations, increased pricing on third-party products or services like software license fees, surcharges, taxes, import duties, rates or levies, increased charges from other network operators or delay caused by any instruction of Customer), then Stepedge shall be entitled to increase the Charges of the affected Service in proportion to the increase in cost.
9.5.3. Any increase as per clause 9.5.1 and 9.5.2 will be given to the Customer in writing.
9.5.4. A Consumer will have the right to terminate the Contract without penalty or charge where any such increases render the Service unaffordable to the Consumer, on condition that it gives Stepedge 20 (twenty) Business days’ notice of its election to cancel the Contract. Where a Consumer terminates the Contract as per its rights under this clause 9.5.4 such termination will be without penalty, except where the Consumer has been given or has purchased but not yet paid for Subscriber Equipment. In such a case the Consumer will have a legal duty, and Stepedge will have a legal right to demand from the Consumer full payment in respect of the Subscriber Equipment less any amounts that have already been paid to Stepedge in respect thereof before such termination.
9.6. Unpaid accounts – Suspension of Services
9.6.1. Where any amounts due to Stepedge by the Customer are not paid on Due date, Stepedge shall give the Customer 7 (seven) days’ notice to pay all arrears/outstanding amounts and start charging interest at the Interest Rate.
9.6.2. If the Customer’s account remains unpaid or no written agreement is concluded to settle the arrears, Stepedge shall suspend the Customer’s services, and the suspension will stay in place until the Customer has paid all arrear amounts, interest and any applicable reconnection charges or the Contract is terminated by Stepedge.
9.6.3. If the Customer’s account is in arrears, then Stepedge shall be entitled to suspend all Services linked to the Customer’s account, regardless of whether the suspended Services are delivered according to multiple Subscriber Agreements or not.
9.7. Credit Limit and payment terms
9.7.1. Stepedge reserves the right to impose a monetary limit on the maximum value of Charges incurred by the Customer during each billing period, and Stepedge shall be entitled after the Customer has been given 20 (Twenty) days’ notice of such overspend to which the Customer has not responded, to suspend the Services should the Customer exceed the maximum amount.
9.7.2. If Stepedge and Customer agree on payment terms that are different to those set out in clause 9.4 and Stepedge had to provide Customer with a notice in terms of clause 9.6.1 twice in any rolling 12 calendar month period, then Stepedge shall be entitled to revert to the default payment terms set out in this clause 9.
10.1. Stepedge may from time to time, and on notice where this is possible, suspend the Stepedge Service and where applicable the right to use the Managed Service Equipment, or in its discretion disconnect the Managed Service Equipment from the Stepedge Network in any of the following circumstances:
10.1.1. for routine maintenance, modifications to, or unplanned maintenance of the Stepedge Network and/or any other systems involved in the delivery of the Services;
10.1.2. to mitigate against fraudulent or suspected fraudulent use of the Customer’s Service;
10.1.3. per clause 9.6 or 9.7.1 above;
10.1.4. because of problems on third parties’ infrastructure which has affected or disrupted the Stepedge Service;
10.1.5. where certain Services are being abused by the Customer; and/or
10.1.6. where the Stepedge Service or Managed Service Equipment is found to contain a security risk or shortcoming which enables the Customer to exploit the Stepedge Service to the detriment of Stepedge;
10.1.7. where the Customer uses Subscriber Equipment that is not approved by ICASA for such use;
10.1.8. Where the Service is removed because of a take-down notice that Stepedge is obliged to act on.
10.2. The Customer accepts that the right to suspend the Services is necessary to maintain the quality of Services, the integrity of the Stepedge Network, and to protect the interest of both the Customer and Stepedge and that it will remain liable for all Charges which may be levied by Stepedge during the period of suspension.
10.3. Stepedge may from time to time, and on notice where this is possible, and without prejudice to any other claims or remedies which Stepedge may have in terms hereof or in law, discontinue and/or terminate any part of the Contract, or in its discretion disconnect the Managed Service Equipment from the Stepedge Network in any of the following circumstances:
10.3.1. where the Stepedge Service or Managed Service Equipment has reached the end of its lifespan and is uneconomical to maintain or continue;
10.3.2. where there has been an insignificant interest in the use of a Service;
10.3.3. in response to an instruction from ICASA or in terms of the ECA or some other law or any authority competent to issue such instruction;
10.3.4. if the Customer has received the Service because of fraud or misrepresentation;
10.3.5. 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;
10.3.6. if the Customer is using or permitting the use of the Service or any element thereof for any illegal purpose or in contravention of Applicable Law;
10.3.7. for any other reason incidental to 10.3.1 – 10.3.6 inclusive.
11.1. Should the Customer breach:
11.1.1. its payment obligations and have been suspended for non-payment for a period longer than 7 (seven) days; or
11.1.2. any other term of this Contract and fails to rectify the breach within the notice period provided by Stepedge (which shall be a reasonable period given the circumstances of the breach);
then Stepedge will have the right to either suspend or to cancel the Contract(s), without diminishing its right to claim any Anticipatory Costs or early termination penalties.
11.2. Should Stepedge breach any material term of this Contract, then the Customer will have the right to provide Stepedge with a letter requiring Stepedge to rectify the breach within a period of 20 (twenty) Business Days. Should Stepedge neglect or fail to remedy such breach within the 20 (twenty) Business Days’ notice period, then the Customer may cancel the Contract without penalty.
11.3. The Customer shall be liable for all costs, including legal costs on an attorney and client scale, tracing cost and collection commission incurred by Stepedge in respect of the enforcement of any obligations of the Customer in terms of this Contract.
11.4. Without diminishing any other claims or remedies which Stepedge may have against the Customer in terms of this Contract or law, Stepedge may terminate the Contract if the Customer has delayed the installation of the Service for longer than 3 (three) months and hold the Customer liable for Anticipatory Costs incurred by Stepedge in this regard.
Except as expressly provided under the Contract, Stepedge shall not be liable to the Customer for failure to perform any obligation because of any acts of God, government restrictions or prohibitions or any other Government act or omission, any act or default of any supplier, industrial disputes, strikes, lockouts or work stoppages of any kind or any other similar or dissimilar cause, in so far as these were not foreseeable and beyond Stepedge’s reasonable control. Should any event contemplated in this clause prevent the provision of uninterrupted Service for a period exceeding four weeks, the Customer shall be entitled to terminate the affected Service without penalty.
13.1. Technical Complaints and Billing Queries
13.1.1. Stepedge can be contacted for technical support and account queries at the details provided at https://www.Stepedge.co.za/support/.
13.1.2. If the Customer experiences any trouble with any of the Services or with the Charges, it must bring the problem to Stepedge’s attention by raising a trouble ticket with Stepedge by telephone, email or in the Stepedge Portal. The issue will then be logged and detailed, and the Customer will be provided with a reference number.
13.1.3. Stepedge will use its best endeavours to attend to the trouble tickets as soon as it is possible, which will depend on the complexity and nature of the problem as well as resource availability.
13.1.4. Where Customer has exhausted all levels of escalation and remains of the view that the matter has not been resolved to the satisfaction of the Customer, the Customer will have the right to refer the matter to ISPA, which can be done via the complaints form at http://ispa.org.za/code-of-conduct/complaints-form/.
13.2. Complaints: If Customer has a complaint that is not related to the performance of the Service or related to a billing query, the Customer must follow the Stepedge complaints process as amended from time to time and made available on the Stepedge website.
13.3. Single Forum Resolution: The above rights are without prejudice to both Parties’ respective rights to pursue a complaint or action in any other forum that has jurisdiction over the matter including the rights to submit the complaint to ICASA, provided that the same complaint shall not be lodged at more than one forum.
After termination of the Contract for whatever reason:
14.1. Stepedge may, on reasonable notice and in the Customer’s presence enter the Customer’s premises to remove the Managed Service Equipment which is owned by Stepedge; and
14.2. 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.
15.1. In respect of internet-based services, Stepedge only provides access to the Internet. Stepedge does not operate or control the information, services, opinions or other content of the Internet. Stepedge reserves the right to take measures as may be necessary, in Stepedge’s sole discretion, to ensure security and continuity of service on the Stepedge Network, including but not limited to identification and blocking or filtering of internet traffic sources which Stepedge deems to pose a security risk or operational risk or a violation of its AUP. In addition, the Customer understands that Stepedge does not own or control other third-party networks outside of the Stepedge Network, and Stepedge 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 Stepedge Network and other third-party networks.
15.2. The Customer is responsible for maintaining the security of its internal network from unauthorised access through the Internet. Stepedge shall not be liable for unauthorised access to the Customer’s network or other breaches of the Customer’s network security. The Customer shall remain fully responsible to Stepedge for any usage billing billed to Customer’s account up to 30 minutes after Customer had logged an official support ticket with Stepedge requesting suspension of the Services impacted by unauthorised access to the Services.
15.3. Stepedge assumes no responsibility for the integrity, correctness, retention or content of electronic data transported via the Stepedge Network.
15.4. Subject to the provisions of clause 15.6 below, Stepedge shall not be liable to the customer or to any third party for claims that arise or occur because of the customer’s use of the services, whether such claim, action or damage is direct or indirect, consequential or contingent. Stepedge shall not be liable for any loss of life; injury; medical expenses; support; financial loss or financial support; loss of earnings; loss of profit and/or income; loss of revenue; loss of business or goodwill; any other special damages; or any general damages – regardless of whether it was foreseeable or flowed naturally from the use of the Services.
15.5. Customer indemnifies Stepedge against any claim or action which may be brought by any third party arising out of Customer’s use of the Services or out of the use of the Customer’s Services.
15.6. Where a Consumer suffers any loss or damages because of the use of the Stepedge Service, the Consumer, in this case, will be allowed to avail itself to the provisions housed under section 61 of the CPA, but subject always to the defences and exceptions permissible and available to Stepedge and its service providers under section 61 of the CPA.
15.7. The limitation on liability set out above is in addition to any limitation of liability set out elsewhere under the Contract.
16.1. Stepedge reserves the right to make general credit reference enquiries about the Customer and to check the correctness of the information that has been supplied. Stepedge shall also be entitled to furnish any information relating to the Customer’s account and compliance with these conditions to any registered credit bureau.
16.2. The Customer warrants and represents that all information supplied by it is accurate, correct and complete.
16.3. Stepedge will use the Customer’s Personal Data strictly in accordance with the Regulations promulgated in terms of Section 69 of the ECA or the Protection of Personal Information Act, whichever is applicable.
16.4. Customer will provide Stepedge with all required Personal Data and other details which Stepedge is required to obtain from the Customer in terms of section 39 or 40 of RICA.
16.5. Customer shall not transfer the Service to another person, other than a family member or dependent.
16.6. The Customer acknowledges and accepts that where the Customer does not comply with these provisions, it will amount to a material breach by the Customer of the Contract.
17.1. Cession, delegation, assignment: Neither Party may cede, delegate, assign, charge, transfer or otherwise dispose of this Contract or any rights or obligations therein in whole or in part, without the written consent of the other Party. Such consent shall not be unreasonably withheld or unduly delayed. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Stepedge may assign any and all of its rights and obligations hereunder: (i) to any Stepedge affiliate (as defined the Companies Act, 71 of 2008; (ii) to a third party pursuant to any sale or transfer of substantially all the assets or business of Stepedge or a Stepedge affiliate; or (iii) to a third party pursuant to any financing, merger, or re-organisation of Stepedge or a Stepedge affiliate.
17.2. Applicable laws and Jurisdiction: This Contract will be interpreted and governed by the laws of South Africa.
17.3. Variation and Amendment: Subject to and save where the right to amend the Contract, has been mentioned explicitly under the Contract, neither party may vary the terms of the Contract unless the other party agrees to such variation and the variation is reduced to writing and signed by both parties.
17.4. Consumer status: Certain rights have been granted to a Customer who is a Consumer. Stepedge reserves the right to withhold any of these rights and/or resultant benefits until the Customer can prove to Stepedge, which proof may be in the form of a set of Financial statements or an identity document, that it is a Consumer (and in the case of a right which it wants 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, Stepedge reserves the right to reverse or call for a refund of any rights or benefits which are permitted under the CPA and which the Customer has unlawfully taken advantage of.
17.5. Customer details and changes thereto: The Customer agrees to supply Stepedge with such information, documentation and signatures that Stepedge may reasonably require at the time that the Contract is concluded, to give effect to the payment arrangements of the Contract. Any subsequent changes that affect the information supplied to Stepedge such as bank account or legal service address must be brought to the immediate attention of Stepedge in writing.
17.6. Whole Contract: The Contract 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 in writing and signed by both Parties or otherwise created by operation of law. For clarity, where it appears from the context of multiple Subscriber Agreements concluded between the Parties that they are intended to be read as one Contract, then the Subscriber Agreements shall not be deemed to constitute separate and divisible Contracts, and in such event, conflicting provisions of General Terms shall be resolved with the ordinary rules of interpretation.
17.7. Indulgences: 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. Any indulgence or the relaxing of the provisions of the Contract by the grantor shall not prejudice the right of the grantor to insist on the strict compliance by the defaulting Party of its undertakings and obligations in terms of the Contract.
17.8. Severability: In the event of any one or more of these terms and conditions being unenforceable, the offending clauses will be severed from the remainder of the Contract, which will nevertheless continue to be binding and enforceable.
18.1. The Parties choose the addresses set out below as their chosen place to receive legal notices:
18.1.1. Stepedge , 72 Voortrekker Ave, Edenvale, Johannesburg. Notices must also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; and
18.1.2. the Customer at the physical or residential address specified in the Subscriber Contract. Where Customer has entered into multiple Subscriber Contracts, then the physical address specified in the Subscriber Contract most recently signed by the Customer or its authorised representative.
18.2. All notices given in terms of this Contract shall be in writing. General notices that do not commence legal proceedings shall be sufficiently provided to either Party by way of email, or where applicable by any other electronic messaging service.
19.1. Unless Stepedge expressly agrees to the contrary in writing, Customer must cancel services on at least 90 days’ advance notice to take effect at the end of the Initial Period or the Renewal Period, failing which Stepedge my charge the Customer a cancellation fee.
19.2. Cancellations must be processed through the cancellation request form in the Stepedge Portal, or Customer must send a cancellation request to email@example.com. The online cancellation request form will reflect the duration that is left for each Service as well as the cancellation fee (if any) of each Service. Cancellations received by email will be followed up with a quote setting out the cancellation fee (if any) of each Service.
19.3. Email cancellations must contain at least the following information:
19.3.1. The Customer’s account number; and
19.3.2. The description of the Service/s to be cancelled as is described on the Customer’s invoice.
19.4. Stepedge will not be deemed to have received a cancellation notice unless it has issued Customer with written confirmation of receipt and a unique reference number. If Customer is not furnished with a unique reference number within 48 hours of transmitting its cancellation notice, Customer must escalate firstname.lastname@example.org .
19.5. Stepedge’s processing of a cancellation request shall be without prejudice to its right to any claim that it may have in terms of this Contract. Customer acknowledges that in many instances cancellation of Services is not reversible or may attract financial penalties, and therefore Stepedge may delay the actual termination of Services after acknowledging receipt of a cancellation notice to communicate to Customer the consequences of termination and to allow Customer to withdraw a cancellation notice.
19.6. Customer shall remain liable for any Charges raised by Stepedge against the Customer’s account after the Customer has sent Stepedge a cancellation notice that is not processed in the manner set out herein.