A cable repair ship set sail from Cape Town on Wednesday night and is expected to reach offshore Angola in the coming days when it will begin the first stage of work to repair undersea cables slowing Internet connections in South Africa.
Extreme weather has delayed the departure of a ship from Cape Town, whose crew has been tasked with fixing two subsea cable breaks that are negatively affecting international connectivity in South Africa.
Both the Wacs and Sat-3/Wasc cables providing international connectivity from South Africa to international markets were knocked out on Thursday, causing slow connections for some consumer and business users.
Seacom said on Wednesday that the submarine cable system it operates along Africa’s east coast is experiencing a “service-affecting outage”. Update: Services were restored on Wednesday afternoon.