Snowball Effect CC (herein referred to as "Snowball") is an Internet service provider that markets hosting, Internet access and web development services.
Subject to availability and receipt of payment, requests will be confirmed within 2 working days and delivery confirmed telephonically or via e-mail.
By agreeing to use our services you agree to our standard terms and conditions.
The provision of goods and services by Snowball is subject to availability. In cases of unavailability, Snowball will refund the client in full within 30 days. Cancellation of credit card orders by the client will attract a 5% administration fee. Snowball provides a full 30 day money back guarantee on all services. All goods such as hardware and software remains the property of Snowball until paid in full.
Snowball offers a R 500.00 rebate for all equipment less than 2 years old. The rebate is paid out for complete working installation kits delivered to our offices, in Stellenbosch, by the client. Should we need to collect the kit from the client's premises, a travel charge of R 4.00/km will be deducted from the rebate amount before payment is made.
- Upon activation and installation of wireless equipment, we offer up to 12 months guarantee on all equipment with the exception of any physical negligence done to the equipment.
- Following the 12 months period, the equipment, which was purchased upon installation, becomes the property of the client and therefore the responsibility of the client.
- All changes / improvements / repairs to the equipment are for the client's account unless the damage / fault is as a result of the company's negligence.
- The high site equipment is always the responsibility and property of the company and the client will never be held responsible for any changes / repairs needed on the high site.
- It is standard policy for clients to be pre-advised of any potential costs in either the form of a formal quote, when the exact fault is known, or an estimate, when an onsite evaluation is required.
Unless otherwise noted all prices on this web site includes Value Added Taxes (VAT). Residents from outside the Republic of South Africa are exempt from South African VAT.
Snowball shall take all reasonable steps to protect the personal information of users. For the purpose of this clause, "personal information" shall be defined as detailed in the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (PAIA). Snowball's PAIA Manual can be downloaded from here .
Snowball's hosting and Internet access services are government by our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Our AUP policy states that none of services may be utilised in any way to generate SPAM (UCE - Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail). Use of your e-mail account to send unsolicited bulk (UBE) or commercial messages (UCE) is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, bulk-mailing of commercial advertising, informational announcements, charity requests, petitions for signatures, and political or religious tracts. Such material may only be sent to those who have explicitly requested it. We currently do not allow P2P on our network.
Snowball's uncapped ADSL and uncapped wireless accounts will never be capped. However, our uncapped service is not designed for people using computer programs running 24/7 continuously downloading. If you intentions are to download 24/7 then these accounts are not for you. We reserve the right to shape and throttle any account whose usage are affecting other users on our network's internet experience negatively. Our main goal is to keep the majority of our clients happy so if certain individual's abusive downloading are affecting other users on our network we reserve the right to shape, throttle or cancel their service.
The usage is monitored on a rolling 10 day period and does not reset at the beginning of each month. All service options are Unshaped. Should usage remain less than 80% of the average user for each product, the service will remain unaffected. However should individual usage exceed 80% of the average user for each product, then the first level of moderation will be implemented, moving the service to a Shaped service. Shaping or moderation is implemented via download throttling and user relative priority control will first be applied to all file sharing protocols. Should usage remain above the 80% average threshold, additional shaping will be managed via manipulation of throttling and priority control. The 4096 Lite is managed at 50% of the average and is designed for light users who still require high speed access to the internet.
Please note that all Wireless services require a clear line of sight to our nearest tower in order to be effective. These services are provided on an "as is" and "up to" service level agreement. This means that although installations are done with high quality products and workmanship, the line speed achieved is not guaranteed. Variations may exist and if this is the case, we recommend downgrading to a slower package for stability.
Also note that all Wireless Uncapped services are shaped according to a burst algorythm.
Should any aspect of a client's website cause spam and disrupt the service to any of our other clients, we will immediately suspend the hosting services of the website responsible for the spamming. This will be done after making contact with the client in writing to confirm this. Services will be reactivated upon confirmation from the client that the spamming software has been removed.
Snowball Effect reserves the right to charge a service fee, for any changes or system corrections needed on servers or domains owned by clients, when the changes or corrections needed are the result of changes made by the client.
Snowball Effect reserves the right to charge a specialized IT Support fee, for any changes or system corrections needed on client installations and networks, in the event of a request for full systems access by the client.
Snowball's servers may be used only for lawful purposes. Transmission, distribution or storage of any material in violation of any applicable law or regulation is prohibited. This includes, without limitation, material protected by copyright, trademark, trade secret or other intellectual property right used without proper authorization, and material that is obscene, defamatory, constitutes a legal threat, or violates export control laws. Examples of unacceptable content or links: "Pirated software", "Hackers programs or archives", "Warez Sites", "Irc Bots", "Illegal Mp3's" etc.
We will be the sole arbiters as to what constitutes a violation of this provision with guidance taken from the Internet Service Provider's Association, our governing body.
Payment may be made via Debit Order (Bank Draft) and Visa / MasterCard /American Express credit cards. Unless otherwise specified all hosting and Internet access services are payable pro-rata in advance except Uncapped ADSL products.
As per the terms on our service application forms, please note that you are in agreement to accept any additional relevant charges submitted against your account, not included in the monthly service invoices. This may include top up invoices, job card invoices, or invoices related to overuse for hosting services.
Snowball Effect's debit orders are processed once a month, on the last working day of each month. Should a customer's monthly debit order return as rejected for any reason, a rejection fee of R50 will incur and this will immediately be billed as a separate invoice.
Upon signing up with Snowball Effect, the client agrees to any additional relevant charges to their products that are not included in their monthly service invoice. This includes any top up invoices generated for Internet connection, as well as traffic or disk overusage invoices that are created for hosting. As all invoices are automatically e-mailed immediately after they are generated, it is the client's responsibility to contact Snowball Effect should they have any queries relating to an invoice upon receipt thereof.
Credit card transactions will be acquired for Snowball via PayGate (Pty) Ltd who are the approved payment gateway for Standard Bank of South Africa. PayGate uses the strictest form of encryption, namely Secure Socket Layer 3 (SSL3) and no credit card details are stored on the website. Users may go to www.paygate.co.za to view their security certificate and security policy.
Customer details will be stored by Snowball separately from card details which are entered by the client on PayGate’s secure site. For more detail on PayGate refer to www.paygate.co.za Merchant Outlet country and transaction currency
The merchant outlet country at the time of presenting payment options to the cardholder is South Africa. Transaction Currency is South African Rand (ZAR).
All new orders placed where the account holder is making payment via Credit card will need to be accompanied by copies of the account holder's Credit card (front and back of the card) before the order will be processed. Should a client wish to change their payment method to Credit card, or update their Credit card details, this will also be required.
Snowball takes responsibility for all aspects relating to the transaction including sale of goods and services sold on this website, customer service and support, dispute resolution and delivery of goods.
This website is governed by the laws of South Africa and Snowball chooses as its domicilium citandi et executandi for all purposes under this agreement, whether in respect of court process, notice, or other documents or communication of whatsoever nature.
Snowball at its sole discretion, may choose to change the terms, conditions and operation of this website at anytime without notice. This includes the occasional adjustment of our pricing allowing for the notification of our clients within 21 days.
All invoices - unless otherwise indicated are due COD, or by the first of each month as all monthly services are billed in advance for the upcoming month. Should an invoice become overdue, the necessary process is followed by our system with the details that are available on each client's profile. Should we receive no response with regard to outstanding invoices, the account will be handed over to our listing agency - Accountability. The client will receive notice from this company of the outstanding fees and have 30 days to respond and make arrangements for payment to Snowball Effect. Should payment not be received after the 30 days, the account holder will be blacklisted for non payment.
It is the responsibility of the client to ensure that Snowball Effect has their updated details, and this is available for each client to view in their client area. It is also the responsiblity of the client to be in contact with Snowball Effect to arrange for payment before the account is handed over.
In order to avoid having your domain suspended due to late payment, please ensure you make payment prior to the due dates stated on the invoice for the renewal. Failure to do so may result in the domain becoming suspended and even being purchased by another entity while unpaid.
Our renewal notices and invoices are sent out more than 30 days in advance, so ensure that your listed email address is the correct one with which to reach you.
If you want to transfer, move, or cancel a domain, the abbreviated procedure is as follow:
1. Client submits cancellation request
2. New domain registrar initiates transfer
3. Snowball accepts transfer
4. Domain is transferred
It is imperative that you contact your new ISP before transferring a domain away so that this entire process can facilitated. The essence of transferring a domain away is that the new ("incoming") ISP does most of the work. If the new ISP does pro-actively manage the transfer your domain might go into redemption and then get re-registered by another party.
Snowball uses the official South African domain registrar to register .CO.ZA domain names. This registrar provides an option to pay them directly instead of going via the ISP. The money Snowball collects for domain registrations and renewals are used to cover our administrative, billing, tech support, and infrastructure costs. For example, for every domain name that resides on our servers, we run fully redundant servers,locally, and internationally. If a client elects to pay the domain registrar directly instead of honouring our invoices, Snowball reserves the right to not host the client’s DNS.
Daily backups are made of the webfiles on our servers and they are available in the event that your site needs to restored. Please note that we do not offer any backups for mails linked to the domain hosted with us and suggest that you always ensure a local copy.
It is highly recommended that you also create a separate backup of all your DNS records, web files and mailbox content, to prevent loss of data as we do not guarantee backups. For more info on our backup services, visit our info page on Online Cloud Backup solutions.
Our hosting and Internet access platforms already provide clients with detailed statistics of usage. Sometimes clients find it difficult to understand that they are using such a large amount of overuse. If a client is unable to resolve the issue using the tools at their disposal and they would like Snowball Effect to investigate further, our Support team will be able to assist on this matter at a charge rate of R 200 per domain / account. Charges will not be applied should there be a system fault on Snowball Effect's side. For further clarity on this please contact our help desk.
Snowball charges for system administration of client servers. If we need to log a call with Parallels, a fee of $75.00 is charged to the client for each incident, and is payable upfront.
If a client wishes to transfer a domain out of office hours, the following policy applies:
1. The client must make sure the domain and all related services are paid up to date.
The General Terms of Service of this agreement commences on the Effective Date and will continue indefinitely, subject to termination by either party on 1 (one) calendar months prior, following our online cancellation procedure.
Cancellations are accepted by completing an online cancellation request in the customer client area. Cancellations are processed as follows:
1. Should the cancellation request be received before the 16th of the current month, this will result in the package being terminated (including all relevant files, information and history) on the 1st day of the following month. (E.g. The cancellation is received on 15 June, and the product will be terminated on 1 July.)
2. Should the cancellation request be received after the 16th of the current month, this will result in the package being terminated (including all relevant files, information and history) on the 1st day of the second month. (E.g. The cancellation is received on 17 June, and the product will be terminated on 1 August.)
Please note that the cancellation period is 90 days in the case of clients who have an Internet Solutions contract service with Snowball Effect after the first year. Click here to view our online cancellation procedure.
Please note that should you require your VoIP services cancelled, a 30 day notice period is applicable. As Snowball is a reseller for this product, you will need to request a separete cancellation for this service.
An email should be sent to email@example.com to request that the VoIP services be discontinued and cancelled with the supplier. Snowball will process the cancellation with the supplier on your behalf once the cancellation email has been received.
It is the client's responsibility to keep their contact details up to date. This is easily accessible via the Client Area
Snowball Effect has standard procedures for obtaining technical support and escalations.
Clients are requested to log a ticket when experiencing difficulties. Methods for logging tickets are as follows:
When requesting technical support you will be given a ticket number. All our technical support cases are attached to a ticket number which we use to trace the issue through our system. Without a ticket number, we cannot process any support request. Should you not receive a ticket number by default, please ensure that you ask for one. If you require to escalate a call, ensure that you quote your ticket number when proceding with the escalation request.
Please do not contact our Support Engineers directly on their personal e-mail address or via any of the chat programmes such as GChat or WhatsApp, as your query will not be handled efficiently.
Our Support Department should not be contacted for any reason on their cell phone numbers when reporting a problem.
Our system is set up to handle all technical support queries in an efficient manner and problems will only be addressed by following one of the three reporting methods above.
The following time periods are applicable with regards to our support structure:
These times do not include weekends or public holidays.
Capital Place, Block B19, Ground Floor, Neutron Avenue, Techno Park, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
P.O. Box 1369, Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa
+27 (021) 880-2228 (office)
+27 (021) 880-2229 (fax)
+44 (0845) 004-9304 (United Kingdom)
info (at) snowball.co.za