All online banking was suspended,credit card machines shut down which meant you could not even get gas without paying with cash,is this a sign of things to come?
This is the letter I received from my bank:
22 March 2012
I would like to personally extend my sincere apologies for the delays and unavailability of banking services experienced, over the last two days.
As you may now be aware, we experienced a massive power surge in our data centre on Tuesday, 20 March 2012, which resulted in the interruption of our banking systems.
Indications suggest that this surge was in the range of 12 000 kVA, which is equivalent to eight times the strength of a typical lightning strike.
FNB regularly tests the integrity of its banking infrastructure, however this scenario was so severe and unprecedented, that it could not have been foreseen.
During the course of the evening of 20 March 2012, banking services were progressively restored from 21h00 onwards.
Early this morning, we experienced latent problems resulting from the massive power surge. In order to maintain the availability and prevent any further loss of our banking services, we moved to our alternate back-up systems.
I am pleased to confirm that all our systems are now up and fully operational. All branch hours will also be extended by an hour today to help customers who were inconvenienced.
I would like to thank you for your understanding, and wish to assure you that we are, to the best of our ability, taking every measure to ensure that such events do not reoccur.
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