COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

Introduction

  • 1. “Billing Dispute” means an instance where a client states in good faith that their bill contains incorrect charges, payments or alterations. Billing Disputes are a specific form of Complaint dealt with only in terms of the Billing Disputes Procedure set out herein.
  • 2. “Billing Dispute Notice” means a formal, written notice submitted to Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless by the client in terms of this Procedure.
  • 3. “Billing Disputes Procedure” mean the Billing Disputes Procedure set out herein for the initiation and resolution of Billing Disputes.
  • 4. “Billing Enquiry” means the situation where the client seeks evidence or clarification relating to an invoice issued by Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless. including without limitation seeking clarification of charges or sources of usage. For the avoidance of doubt, a Billing Enquiry is not a Billing Dispute.
  • 5. “Business Day” means any day other than a Saturday or Sunday or a public holiday observed as such in the Republic of South Africa.
  • 6. “Complaint” means a formal, written expression of dissatisfaction or grievance made by a client in terms of the General Complaints Procedure, but does not include a request for information or a Billing Dispute. Complaints are dealt with only in terms of the General Complaints Procedure set out herein.
  • 7. “Client” means a Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless subscriber or potential subscriber.

General Complaints Procedure

  • 8. This Procedure applies to all Complaints other than Billing Disputes, which are dealt with in terms of the Billing Dispute Procedure set out below.
  • 9. The client is required to direct a formal Complaint to support@wi5wireless.co.za
  • 10. The Complaint is required to be accompanied by the following:
    • 10.1 The client’s full particulars and contact details;
    • 10.2 The client’s relationship with Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless, together with any client reference numbers or details which may be applicable;
    • 10.3 A statement of the reasons for the Complaint, with enough detail to allow Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless to assess these; and
    • 10.4 Any relevant evidence or documentation the client wishes to submit in support of the Complaint.
  • 11. Following the ICASA Code of Conduct Regulations, Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless will:
    • 11.1 Acknowledge receipt of the Complaint within three (3) Business Days of the Complaint and allocate a reference number; and
    • 11.2 Determine an outcome for the Complaint and communicate this to the client in writing within fourteen (14) Business Days of receipt of the Complaint.

Billing Disputes Procedure

General

  • 12. Billing Enquiries should be directed to accounts@wi5wireless.co.za and Complaints not related to Billing Disputes are dealt with under the General Complaints Procedure set out above.
  • 13. The client expressly acknowledges and agreed that:
    • 13.1 Any charge recorded on an invoice which is not submitted in accordance with this Billing Disputes Procedure is payable in full to Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless by the due date of that invoice;
    • 13.2 An amount that is not in dispute (“Undisputed Amount”) cannot be withheld for any reason, including without limitation when that amount is on an invoice together with an amount that is in dispute (“Disputed Amount”);
    • 13.3 The Billing Disputes Procedure is only triggered when Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless receives a Billing Dispute, and it is only after this that the client may withhold payments of the Disputed Amount only as set out in clause 40; and
    • 13.4 Billing Enquiries, Complaints and requests for information are not considered to be Billing Disputes and do not trigger this Billing Disputes Procedure. Billing Enquiries should be directed to accounts@wi5wireless.co.za. Complaints are dealt with under the General Complaints Procedure set out above, and requests for information can be sent to support@wi5wireless.co.za.
  • 14. Please note that Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless will not entertain any Billing Dispute based on unauthorised use of the services or on unauthorised use of the services by a third party, as it is the client’s responsibility to safeguard access to the services received by the client and to use such services in the manner set out in the terms and conditions applicable thereto.

Client Acknowledgements

  • 15. The client expressly agrees to allow Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless to attempt settlement of any Billing Dispute within fourteen (14) Business Days before raising a dispute with any third party, credit card company or bank. Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless requires, and client expressly agrees that Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless will be the first option in Billing Disputes. Should Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless receive a chargeback or other reversed charge from a third party, credit card company or bank on behalf of the client before Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless has been given a chance to resolve the Billing Dispute, then Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless has the right to collect on the rendered services and any fees associated with those charges.
  • 16. Not all Billing Disputes may be settled to the client’s satisfaction. Once this Billing Disputes Procedure has been exhausted, a client may use any third party, credit card company or bank in an attempt to settle the dispute. However, Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless still retains the right to collect on any rendered services or fees that are due. Should Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless be unable to reverse any disputed amounts with a third party, credit card company or bank, Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless will submit the full delinquent amount for collection.

Withholding the Disputed Amount

  • 17. The client may only withhold payment of a Disputed Amount where Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless receives a valid Billing Dispute Notice relating to such Disputed Amount at least five (5) Business Days prior to the due date recorded on the relevant invoice.

Initiating Billing Disputes

  • 18. A Billing Dispute Notice may be lodged in the manner set out herein until the passing of thirty (30) calendar days from the date of the relevant invoice.
  • 19. The client is required to direct a formal Billing Dispute Notice to accounts@wi5wireless.co.za.
  • 20. The Billing Dispute Notice is required to be accompanied by the following:
    • 20.1 The client’s full particulars and contact details;
    • 20.2 The client’s relationship with Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless, together with any client reference numbers or details which may be applicable;
    • 20.3 Invoice number and date;
    • 20.4 The amount in dispute (“the Disputed Amount”);
    • 20.5 The amount not in dispute (“the Undisputed Amount”);
    • 20.6 A statement of the reasons for the Billing Dispute, with enough detail to allow Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless to assess these; and
    • 20.7 Any relevant evidence or documentation the client wishes to submit in support of the Billing Dispute.

Response to Billing Dispute Notice

  • 21. In terms of the ICASA Code of Conduct Regulations, Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless will acknowledge receipt of the Billing Dispute Notice within three (3) Business Days and allocate a reference number.
  • 22. Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless shall provide a formal response with its determination to the Billing Dispute Notice within fourteen (14) Business Days following receipt of the Billing Dispute Notice.
  • 23. Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless may request additional information or documentation from the client lodging the Billing Dispute Notice, which information or documentation is reasonably required to assist Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless in making a decision in the matter. The client will provide such information or documentation as soon as possible, and the running of the fourteen (14) Business Day period will be suspended until such time as the requested information or documentation has been received by Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless.
  • 24. Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless will assess the Billing Dispute, and send to the client its response (and reasons for such determination), which shall take one of the following forms:
    • 24.1 A confirmation that the Billing Dispute is valid, and a statement indicating such adjustments as may be necessary;
    • 24.2 A rejection of the Billing Dispute Notice on the basis that:
    • 24.3 The Billing Dispute Notice was not received by Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless within thirty (30) calendar days of the date of the relevant invoice, as required in clause 43;
    • 24.4 The Billing Dispute Notice does not contain all of the information required, as set out in clause 43, or was not submitted in the required manner, as set out in clause 42;
    • 24.5 The client has not made payment of any Undisputed Amounts, and does not have the right to withhold payment of any Disputed Amounts in accordance with clause 40.
    • 24.6 Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless has confirmation from the client that the Billing Dispute which is the subject of the Billing Dispute Notice has been resolved;
    • 24.7 The client is disputing any charges on the basis of unauthorised use of the services or on unauthorised use of the services by a third party; or
    • 24.8 Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless reasonably believes that the client does not have a bona fide dispute in relation to Billing Dispute submitted.
    • 24.9 Any alternate resolution that Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless deems appropriate.

Response Implications

  • 25. If stipulated in Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless’s response in terms of clause 47 that the client must make payment of the Disputed Amount or a portion thereof, the client must pay the Disputed Amount or such indicated portion within five (5) Business Days of the date of Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless’s response.
  • 26. If stipulated under Company’s response in terms of clause 47 that Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless must withdraw the Disputed Amount or refund a fee already paid, Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless must as soon as practicable:
    • 26.1 Provide the client with a statement reflecting the adjustment to their account. It is intended that this adjustment will be contained on the next invoice issued to the client, but the parties acknowledge that this may be delayed due to timing issues with the response and Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless’s standard billing terms; or
    • 26.2 Credit any Disputed Amount already paid by the client.

Continued Service Provision

  • 27. Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless will not disconnect a service provided to the client which is the subject of a Billing Dispute Notice, or take adverse collection procedures or impose late payment penalties or charges, while attempting to resolve a Billing Dispute lodged in terms of the Billing Disputes Procedure and until such time as Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless has reached a determination and communicated this to the client, provided that Undisputed Amounts are paid timeously.
  • 28. Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless reserves the right, however, to take such measures mentioned in clause 50 immediately:
    • 28.1 Where a determination of the Billing Dispute has been made and communicated to the client; or
    • 28.2 Where the client has indicated that they are unable to pay the invoice or bill, or have filed or are the subject of any application to court for sequestration or liquidation, or otherwise seek to reach a formal arrangement with their creditors.
  • 29. Subject only to the above, the rights and obligations of each party under the Billing Disputes Procedure continue pending resolution of a Billing Dispute invoked under this Billing Disputes Procedure. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes that Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless shall continue to have the right to terminate or suspend the service in accordance with Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless’s rights under the agreement that the client has with Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless

Confidentiality

  • 30. Neither party shall use any information obtained from the other party during the course of any process invoked under the Billing Disputes Procedure for any purpose other than the resolution of the particular Billing Dispute.

Referral of Complaints to ICASA

  • 31. If the client is not happy about the outcome of a Complaint or a Billing Dispute, the client has the right to escalate it to ICASA. If ICASA are not able to resolve the matter it may be referred to the ICASA Complaints and Compliance Committee for adjudication.
  • 32. Please note that in terms of the ICASA Code of Conduct Regulations 2008, the client must give Computin Wireless t/a Wi5 Wireless an opportunity to resolve the matter within the period specified in this Complaints Procedure before the client may escalate the Complaint or Billing Dispute to ICASA.
  • 33. ICASA can be contacted in the following ways:
    • • Telephone: 011 566 3000;
    • • Fax: 011 444 1919; and/or
    • • Email: consumer@icasa.org.za