Terms and conditions of use


This website & its members, staff, legal advisers, partners, consultants, agents & anyone associated therewith, cannot be held liable for any loss or damage that is incurred or may be incurred by any person/s as a direct or indirect result of the use of this website, social media pages or any information contained on or obtained from these sites, nor as a result of anything that is contained in or left out of any document. 
Any person (user) accessing these sites is subject to, and agrees to, the terms and conditions set out in this website's terms and conditions.

Any person accessing this website (user) is subject to, and agrees to, the terms and conditions set out in this legal notice. If the user does not wish to be bound by these terms and conditions, the user may not access, display, use, download and/or otherwise copy or distribute content obtained on this website.
These conditions become effective when you access the site for the first time and constitute a binding agreement between this website (https://www.netso.org) and yourself, which will always prevail.  The current version of these conditions will govern our respective rights and obligations each time you access this site.

The material contained in these web pages is provided for general information purposes only.
While the owner of this website has taken every care and effort to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, this website makes no representation and gives no warranty, whether express or implied, relating to the correctness of the information in or on any of their web pages or any pages or sites associated with it..
The owner of this website accepts no responsibility for, and the user indemnifies this website harmless from any loss, liability, damage or expense of whatsoever nature (including but not limited to direct, indirect and consequential loss), arising from reliance on information contained on this website, or otherwise connected with the information in those pages [whether arising from breach of contract (fundamental or otherwise), delict, negligence, gross negligence or otherwise].
The content of this site is provided "as is" without any warranty of any kind, express or implied.  This website is not responsible for any content posted by any user of this service.  Any opinion expressed by a user does not necessarily represent this website's opinion.  No use of, or reliance on, any materials included in this site shall be deemed to give rise to a Physician-Patient or Insurance Agent-Client, or any other kind of relationship. No material included in these sites shall be deemed to present the only or necessarily the best method or procedure with respect to a matter discussed on this service; rather, any such material shall be acknowledged as the approach or opinion of the discussing party only.
Except where otherwise stated, this website owns the copyright of all site contents. 
In the event of any dispute of whatever nature arising as a result of the use of the information on these web pages, the user (including users whose residence is outside the Republic of South Africa) accept that the law of the Republic of South Africa shall apply.
1.    Usage and copyright
1.1.    Users may view, copy, download to a local drive, print and distribute the content of this website, or any part thereof only for non-commercial informational or reference purposes.
1.2.    Users who wish to use content from this site for commercial purposes may only do so with the prior written permission obtained from the web manager via e-mail sarah@netso.org. Any reproduction and/or copy of the content or portion thereof for commercial purposes must include the following in its entirety: © net so: ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
1.3.    All moral and any other rights of the owner of this website or other legal entity in respect of which content is contained on this site not expressly granted are reserved.
1.4.    Our online services are subject to registration procedures and approvals, which we may accept or reject at our sole discretion.
2.    Intellectual property rights
All content, data and trademarks, including, but not limited to, software, technology, databases, know-how, text, graphics, icons, hyperlinks, private information, designs, program, publications, products, processed, or ideas described in this website may be the subject of other rights, including other intellectual property rights, which are the property of or licensed to this website, or a legal entity, and as such are protected from infringement by South African legislation and international treaties and conventions.  Subject to the rights afforded to the user herein, all other rights to all intellectual property on this website are expressly reserved.  By accessing data on this website the user is not licensed or authorised.
3.    Disclaimer
3.1.    The information on this website is intended to provide general information on a particular subject or subjects and is not an exhaustive treatment of such subject/s.
3.2.    It is the sole responsibility of the user to satisfy itself prior to accessing this website, ensuring that the website will meet the user's individual requirements and be compatible with the user's hardware and/or software.  Information, ideas and opinions expressed on this site should not be regarded as professional advice or the official opinion of the owner of this website or any legal entity in respect of which information, ideas and opinions are expressed on this website.  Users are encouraged to consult professional advice before taking any course of action related to information, ideas or opinions expressed on this site.
3.3.     This website makes no representations or warranties, implied or otherwise, that, among others, the content and technology available from this site are free from errors or omissions, that the service will be 100% uninterrupted and error-free or will meet any particular criteria of performance or quality. This site is provided 'as is'.  This website and the owner thereof expressly disclaim all implied warranties, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability, title, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security, and accuracy.  It makes no express or implied representations or warranties regarding the content of the website and that the website has been compiled or supplied to meet the user's individual requirements.  Users are encouraged to report any possible errors, malfunctions or offensive material by emailing sarah@netso.org.
3.4.    The use of the content of this website is at the user’s own risk.  The user assumes full responsibility and risk of loss resulting from the use of the content of this site.  This website, its owner, any of the legal entities in respect of which information are contained on this site, employees of this website or such entity, will not be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages or any other damages whatsoever, whether in an action of contract, statute, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), or otherwise, relating to the use of this document or information.  If any of the foregoing is not fully enforceable for any reason, the remainder shall nonetheless continue to apply. Subject to sections 43(5) and 43(6) of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 (Act 25 of 2002),  this website shall not be liable for any damage, loss or liability of whatsoever nature arising from the use or inability to use this website or the services or content provided from and through this website.
3.5.    Certain links in the web server lead to resources maintained by third parties over whom this website has no control.  This website makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy of, or any other aspect relating to, those resources.
3.6.    The provisions of Part 2 of Chapter III of the Electronic Communications and Transactions, 2002 is hereby excluded from applying to any electronic communications and data messages that a user sends to or from this website via this website.  Any communications or data messages that a user sends to or from this website will be regarded having been received by this website when receipt is acknowledged in writing.  If the user does not receive a response within a reasonable period of time, the user should follow it up with the owner of this website.  This website and its owner shall not be liable for any failure to respond.
3.7.    If a user requires any information from this website regarding its services or the content of any of their sites, the ‘contact' link could be used.
4.    Security
4.1.    Protection
This website has in place reasonable commercial standards of technology and operational security to protect all information provided by users from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction.  All reasonable steps will be taken to secure a user's information. Authorised employees, who are responsible for the maintenance of any sensitive data submitted, are required to maintain the confidentiality of such data.  The policy applies to all employees of this website or public bodies that may receive such information from this website.  It is expressly prohibited for any person, business or entity to gain or attempt to gain unauthorised access to any page on this website, or to deliver or attempt to deliver any unauthorised, damaging or malicious code to this website.  If a person delivers or attempts to deliver any unauthorised, damaging or malicious code to this website or attempts to gain unauthorised access to any page on this or any of the other sites, a criminal charge will be laid against that person, and, if this website or any public body should suffer any damage or loss, civil damages will be claimed.
4.2.    Linkage and framing
We welcome third-party websites to link to the information that is hosted on the pages of this website.
It is expressly prohibited for any person, business, entity or website to frame any page on this, or any of sites, including the home page, in any way whatsoever, without prior written approval of the owner of this website.
4.3.    Links to third-party websites
This website provides links to other websites only as a convenience.  The inclusion of any link does not imply this website's endorsement of such sites.  Linked websites or pages are not subject to the control of this website.  This website is not responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, in any way for the content, use, or inability to use or access any linked websites or any links contained within this website.
These sites contain links to other websites with information and material produced by other parties.  While the owner of this website endeavours to provide links only to reputable websites,  this website cannot accept responsibility or liability for the information provided on other websites.  A link from this website site to any other website does not mean that this website has scrutinised or endorsed the owners or administrators of the websites or their business or security practices and operations.
4.4.    We may use the services of other organisations to provide information on the site.  We have no control over this information and make no representations or warranties of any nature as to its accuracy, appropriateness or correctness.  You agree that such information is provided “as is” and we will not be directly or indirectly liable for any damages that may arise from your reliance on it.  All quotes, news, market information or data shown on the site by way of live information feeds may be delayed by at least 30 minutes unless otherwise stated.  You should always select the “refresh” or similar page update function on your Internet browser to ensure that the information you are viewing is the most current.
5.    Privacy
5.1.    Introduction
The privacy statement applies to this website and any legal entity, which control, verify or make use of information that may be collected via these sites.
A user may visit these sites without providing any personal information.  A user, however, agrees to the use of such data in accordance with those contained in this document.  Please note that these sites may contain links to other sites which are not being governed by this document.
If a user has any questions or concerns regarding this privacy statement or the user’s privacy while using this website, they can email sarah@netso.org.
5.2.    Cookies
This website may use cookies (small text files stored in a user’s browser) or web beacons (electronic images that allow this website to count users who have accessed a particular page and to access certain cookies) to ensure that the website is well managed and to facilitate improvement of the site.  This website or its service-provider/s may use cookies to collect aggregate data.  This website may use such devices from time to time to track information on its systems and identify categories of users by items such as IP addresses, domains, browser types and pages visited.  The web administrator uses the information to analyse the number of users of different areas of the site and to ensure that this site is serving as a useful and effective information source.
Neither cookies nor web beacons collect personal information such as the user’s name or e-mail address.  A user may reject cookies as most browsers permit individuals to decline cookies. Under certain circumstances, users may be denied access to some parts of this website if their browsers are set to decline cookies.
5.3.    Personal information use
Personal information is used only for limited purposes e.g. when a user chooses to register on the forum for each site.  When a user chooses to submit a form, this website will use the information the user submits to respond to the user.  This website will ensure that any marketing activities comply with applicable law and that it is implemented with procedures to obtain the necessary consent before sending the user’s e-mail containing information about this website’s services.  The user may at any time request that this website discontinues sending such material to the user.
5.4.    Disclosure to third parties
Although this website may provide users’ information to service-providers that handle information on its behalf, it will usually not share the information with third parties or other public entities for secondary or unrelated purposes unless otherwise disclosed at the point of collection.
Personal information may be transmitted internationally through this website or to third parties for the purposes identified above. This will not include transfer to countries without data protection rules similar to those in effect in South Africa. By providing information to this website through any of its sites, the user is consenting to such transfers.
Where appropriate, personal information may be disclosed to law enforcement, regulatory or other government agencies, or third parties where necessary or desirable to comply with legal or regulatory obligations or requests or for the purposes identified above.
This website and its sites contain links to other sites.  This website does not share your personal information with those websites and is not responsible for their privacy practices nor does this website have any control over their collection of personal data.  This website encourages you to find out about the privacy policies of those companies.
Some of these third-party sites may be co-branded with this website logo, even though they are not operated or maintained by this website.  Although this website chooses their business partners carefully, they are not responsible for the privacy practices of websites operated by third parties that are linked to any of this website's sites.  Once you have left this website or any of its sites, you should check the applicable privacy policy of the third-party website to determine how they will handle information they collect from you.
5.5.    Access to personal information
If personal information has been submitted to this website or any of its sites, users who wish to review their personal information may do so by requesting such a review.  Users will then be able to access their user profile, correct and update their details, or delete their profile at any time.  Users who have any problem accessing their profiles, or would like to request a copy of their personal information should email the owner of this website.  In all cases this website will treat requests to access information or change of information in accordance with applicable legal requirements.
5.6.    No agreement
Nothing contained herein creates or is intended to create a contract or agreement between this website and any user visiting the website.
5.7.    Children's privacy protection
This website recognises the importance of protecting children's privacy in the interactive online world.
This website and its sites do not target and are not intended to attract children under the age of 18.  This website does not knowingly solicit personal information from children under the age of 18 or send them requests for personal information.
5.8.    Severability
These terms and conditions of use constitute the entire professional or other relationship between this website and the user of any of this website's sites.  Any failure by this website to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these terms and conditions of use shall in no way constitute a waiver of such right or provision.  If any term or condition of the use of this website is not fully enforceable or valid for any reason, such term/s or condition/s shall be severable from the remaining terms and conditions.  The remaining terms and conditions shall not be affected by such unenforceability or invalidity and shall remain enforceable and applicable.
5.9.    Updating of these terms and conditions
This website reserves the right to change, modify, add to or remove portions or the whole of these terms and conditions of use from time to time.  Changes to these terms and conditions of use will take effect upon such changes being posted to this website.  It is the user’s obligation to periodically check these terms and conditions of use at this website for changes or updates.  The user’s continued use of this website following the posting of changes or updates will be considered notice of the user’s acceptance to abide by and be bound by these terms and conditions of use, including such changes or updates.
6.    Information about website and owner
6.1.    The full name and legal status of the website owner is:
net so, as represented by the Founder of this website.
6.2.    The website belonging to net so are:
6.3.    Contact details of website designer, creator & owner:
Sarah Whitaker
E-mail: sarah@netso.org
You hereby warrant that you have the required legal capacity to enter into and be bound by contractual terms.  Minors must be assisted by their legal guardians when reading these conditions. If you are unsure whether you have the legal capacity to enter into agreements, contact someone able to provide you with this information before you continue using this site.

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