2011/10/02 - Unscheduled Internet Outage
About 15 minutes ago, all South African higher educational institutions lost access to the international Internet for reasons as yet unknown.

You will likely experience this outage as an ERR_DNS_FAIL or ERR_CONNECT_FAIL error when trying to access websites hosted outside South Africa (even those ending in .za). When accessing secure (https://) web sites, your browser may report that the connection has timed out or the site is unreachable.

TENET are aware of the problem and are currently investigating.
We received the following explanation from TENET:
QUOTE(TENET @ Oct 2 2011, 09:48AM)
We are currently experiencing an International outage because ther is a general power failure in Durban and the backu-up power generator in our PoP failed to kick in. The maintenance team is currently been advised and working on the problem. The expeted time to restore is yet unknown.