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South Africa affected by Google outage

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Google is down globally and South Africans are also feeling the effects as major applications freeze. 

According to Downdetector, services affected include Google, Google Meet, Google Hangouts, and Gmail.

YouTube, however, is back online.

On Google's dashboard absolutely everything is reading red.

This is a pretty big out for the company, and not great during the middle of the work day here in South Africa. 

Many rely on Google's suite for work, from calendar appointments to Docs and Sheets for work. 

In an official statement Google said: 'We’re aware of a problem with [Google Service] affecting a majority of users. The affected users are unable to access [Google Service]. We will provide an update by 12/14/20, 2:12 PM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.'

it appears that most of Google's functions are now back. That was a harrowing few minutes. 

Leila Stein

Leila Stein is an experienced multimedia journalist and content producer with a special interest in data journalism. she is skilled in news writing, editing, online writing and multimedia content production and have a Bachelor of Journalism  from Rhodes University and an Honours in Historical Studies from University of Cape Town.