Internet connectivity in South Africa took a turn for the worse on Wednesday evening (3 March 2021) when the Internet went down in most major cities.

The cause appears to have been a fault on the Seacom network, although it’s not clear whether it’s the undersea cable or interior network that went down.

Users in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town experienced a loss of connectivity shortly after 19h30. This was quickly followed by outages in other areas. reported that faults logged on the Seacom system spiked from about 19h30, with outages reported in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban among other centres.

Users around the country experienced a loss of connectivity or degradation of their Internet service. By 23h00, the downtime reports had dropped considerably and by Thursday morning were in the single figures.