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Another cable break has caused degradation in international connectivity speeds for many Internet service providers in South Africa.

The West Africa Cable System (WACS) has a fault between Portugal and the UK adding to existing issues with the SAT-C cable which has been down since 9 March.

Refilwe Moloto talks to Jan Vermeulen, editor-at-large for MyBroadband, about the situation.

We don't know exactly what caused the break yet. We'll only get a report about what caused the break when the ship gets to the site and pull it up onto the deck and see.

Jan Vermeulen, Senior journalist - MyBroadband.co.za

Not all ISPs are effected but a lot are. Many Internet Service Providers in South Africa are quite dependent on the WACS cable.

Jan Vermeulen, Senior journalist - MyBroadband.co.za

There is a consortium that looks after the WACS cable some of which are South African companies so we do have a stake in the cable.

Jan Vermeulen, Senior journalist - MyBroadband.co.za

A repair ship is on the way sailing to the site of the fault as we speak and it should get there at 9am this morning.

Jan Vermeulen, Senior journalist - MyBroadband.co.za

We had a double-whammy break like this in January...where bad weather prevented the ship from leaving Cape Town harbour. In this instance, the ship was able to leave quickly.

Jan Vermeulen, Senior journalist - MyBroadband.co.za

Saturday is the estimated date for the repair to be completed.

Listen to the interview below:

(This article has been updated)

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Undersea internet cable: Repair ship arrives on Tuesday and fixed by Saturday

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