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Internet down Sunday morning

Friday, February 25th, 2022

Due to critical maintenance by TENET, our internet service provider, internet services will be down on Sunday, 27 February from 00:00 am to 03:00 am.

During these three hours there will be no access to the internet. We apologise for the inconvenience. Any enquiries can be logged on servicedesk.sun.ac.za.

SUNLearn latest update

Wednesday, February 16th, 2022

LATEST UPDATE 22/02 16:47

In an effort to ensure that all students have access to their registered modules, a decision was taken to urgently do manual uploading of all registered students into their respective modules.

For this to be executed as speedily as possible, we need to restrict access for all users between 19:00 and 22:00 tonight (Tuesday, 22 February)

We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience.


UPDATE 16/02

We have been experiencing severe problems with SUNLearn since Monday, 14 February. This includes database access issues, as well as incomplete or erroneous student module registration information.

This is treated as a high priority incident. However, to resolve these problems we need to switch off the feed of student module information from the student system and will also stop manual module registrations on SUNLearn until tomorrow (17 February 2022) afternoon at 14h00.

This will allow the technical team to analyse the problem in-depth without new registrations putting additional strain on the system.

We apologise for the inconvenience. We are aware of the impact the situation is having on students and staff and are doing our utmost to ensure that the system is entirely functional as soon as possible



Connect to WiFi on campus

Thursday, January 27th, 2022


The Wi-Fi network used to connect to the internet access is called eduRoam. Here we explain what it is, how to register and why it is necessary.

What is eduRoam?

eduRoam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. eduRoam allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop.

To connect to eduRoam and start using Wi-Fi on campus follow these steps.


IT HUB closed

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

The IT HUB has been closed this morning due to a positive COVID case of one of the staff members. 

For urgent issues students can go to their Computer User Areas (CUAs) for assistance or for less urgent problems, log a request on servicedesk.sun.ac.za.

IT HUB will be closed until Friday, but we will monitor the situation and keep you updated. 

Downloading of films and series can be traced and fined

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

With a fast internet connection and unlimited, “free” internet, it’s possible to download movies and series to your heart’s content. Unless you use a pay streaming platform it’s also illegal. Additionally, if you use the university’s network and/or devices it’s also a breach of the university’s Electronic Communications Policy – a policy all students and staff agree to when they annually activate their network access. Therefore your network access can be revoked if you are caught downloading and hosting illegal content.

Up to a few years back television networks and film companies weren’t geared to trace and stop downloading and distribution of illegal movies. It was just too difficult and not cost-effective. This is no longer the case – even in South Africa. Everything you do online can be tracked and traced.  

Information Technology receive regular notifications from companies such as Warner Bros. and Columbia Pictures indicating that illegal, copyrighted material is being downloaded and seeded (distributed) from IP addresses within the university’s network. These emails include the specific IP address which we can trace to the user, the material downloaded and distributed and at which times. When we receive these notifications, we immediately send an email to the user of the address with a written warning. If they do not comply, these companies will take legal action.

The distribution or seeding of copyrighted material without a licence is both a criminal and civil offence in South Africa, even if distribution takes place from BitTorrent. Just because it’s available via a torrent, it doesn’t mean it’s legal.

In South Africa, under the Copyright Law of 1978, you can be sentenced for up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to R10,000 for each item you distribute. Between 2010 and 2012, 200,000 people have been sued for uploading and downloading copyright material via BitTorrent.

So before you download the latest episode of your favourite series or stream movies from an illegal file sharing site, consider the consequences. There are many legal options to watch media online, from Netflix  to Showmax, so rather be safe and legal.


How does BitTorrent and seeding work?




Example of a warning letter:

We are writing this letter on behalf of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (“Rights Holder”) who own certain rights under copyright law in the title White House Down.

You are receiving this notice because your Internet account was identified as having been used recently to copy and/or distribute illegally the copyrighted motion pictures and/or television shows listed at the bottom of this notice. This notice provides you with the information you need in order to take immediate action that can prevent serious legal and other consequences. These actions include:

1. Stop downloading or uploading without authorization any motion pictures or TV shows owned or distributed by Rights Holder; and
2. Permanently delete from your computer(s) all unauthorized copies you may have already made of these movies and TV shows.
If this notice is being received by an Internet Service Provider (ISP), please forward the notice to the individual associated with the activities.
The unauthorized distribution or public performance of copyrighted works constitutes copyright infringement under the Copyright Act, Title 17 U.S Code Section 106(3)-(4). This conduct may also violate the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and The Universal Copyright Convention, as well as bilateral treaties with other countries that allow for protection of Rights Holder copyrighted works even beyond U.S borders.
Below is the detail for your reference:
– ————- Infringement Details ———————————-
Title: White House Down
Timestamp: 2013-09-19T23:18:28Z
IP Address: 146.232.***.**
Port: *****
Type: BitTorrent
Torrent Hash: *************************************

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