Website Terms & Conditions

WEBSITE TERMS OF USE

 

  1.             Website terms and conditions of use

1.1       This document sets out the terms and conditions (“Terms”) of Sandton Optometrists Inc, Business registration number 2012/206827/21 (“the Service Provider”) pertaining to the access and use of the information, products, services and functions provided on www.thesandtonoptom.co.za (“the Website”).

1.2       Should any person that accesses the Website  (“you” or “user”) disagree with any of the Terms, then you must refrain from accessing the Website and/or using our services.

1.3       If you are under the age of 18, you must obtain your parents’ or legal guardians’ advance authorisation, permission and consent to be bound by these Terms before purchasing any products or services. By continuing with the use of the Website, you confirm that you have the authorisation, permission and consent required should you be a minor.

1.4       The Service Provider reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend and/or replace any of, or the whole of, the Terms. Such amendments shall supersede and replace any previous Terms and shall be made available on the Website. Each time a user accesses the Website and/or uses the services, the user shall be deemed to have consented, by such access and/or use, to the Terms, as amended and/or replaced by the Service Provider from time to time. If you are not satisfied with the amended Terms, you should refrain from using the Website.

1.5       We will however give you prior notice where we have collected personal information from you and the purpose for which we collected that information, is affected by the intended amendment.

1.6       If there is anything in these Terms that you do not understand then please contact us as soon as possible – see clause 11 below for contact details. Please note that calls to us are for your own account and charge and are as per rates payable between yourself and your Service Provider and may be monitored by us for training, security and quality assurance purposes. 

  1.             Content of the website

2.1       The Service Provider reserves the right to make improvements, to change or to discontinue, without notice, any aspect or feature of the Website and any information or content on the Website or any product or service for sale on the Website.

2.2       The Service Provider reserves the right to change and amend the products, prices and rates quoted on this Website from time to time without notice.

2.3       The Service Provider may use the services of third parties to provide information on the Website for its products and service or those of third parties. The Service Provider has no control over this information and makes no representations or warranties of any nature as to its accuracy, appropriateness or correctness. The user agrees that such information is provided “as is” and that the Service Provider and its online partners shall not be liable for any losses or damages that may arise from the user’s reliance on it, however these may arise.

2.4       The Service Provider makes no representations or warranties, whether express or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of any information, data and/or content on the Website, including without limitation:

2.4.1         The Service Provider does not warrant that the Website or information or downloads shall be error-free or that they shall meet any particular criteria of performance or quality. The Service Provider expressly disclaims all implied warranties, including without limitation, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy;

2.4.2         whilst the Service Provider has taken reasonable measures to ensure the integrity of the Website and its contents, no warranty, whether express or implied, is given that any files, downloads or applications available via this Website are free of viruses, or any other data or code which has the ability to corrupt, damage or affect the operation of the user’s system; and

2.4.3         The Service Provider disclaims any responsibility for the verification of any claims. Information published on this Website may be done so in the format in which the Service Provider receives it and statements from external parties are accepted as fact.

  1.             Linked third party websites and third party content

3.1       The Service Provider may provide links to third party websites on the Website. These links are provided to the user for convenience purposes only and the Service Provider does not endorse, nor does the inclusion of any link imply the Service Provider’s endorsement of such websites, their owners, licensees or administrators or such websites’ content or security practices and operations.

3.2       While the Service Provider tries to provide links only to reputable websites or online partners, the Service Provider cannot accept responsibility or liability for the information provided on other websites. Linked websites or pages are not under, nor subject to, the control of the Service Provider. The Service Provider is not responsible for and gives no warranties or makes any representations in respect of the privacy policies or practices of linked or any third party or advertised websites on the Website.

3.3       You agree that the Service Provider shall not be held liable, directly or indirectly, in any way for the content, the use or inability to use or access any linked website or any link(s) contained in a linked website, nor for any loss or damage of any sort incurred as a result of any dealings with, or as the result of the presence of such third party linked websites on the Website. Any dealings that you may have with any linked websites, including advertisers, found on the Website, are solely between you and the third party website.

  1.             Usage restrictions

The user hereby agrees that it shall not itself, nor through a third party:

4.1       copy (other than for backup, archival or disaster recovery purposes), reproduce, translate, adapt, vary, modify, lease, licence, sub-licence, encumber or in any other way deal with any part of the Website for any reason and in any manner, unless it is consistent with the intent and purpose of these Terms;

4.2       decompile, disassemble or reverse engineer any portion of the Website;

4.3       write and/or develop any derivative of the Website or any other software program based on the Website;

4.4       modify or enhance the Website. In the event of a user effecting any modifications or enhancements to the Website in breach of this clause, such modifications and enhancements shall be the property of the Service Provider;

4.5       without the Service Provider’s prior written consent, provide, disclose, divulge or make available to or permit the use of or give access to the Website by persons other than the user;

4.6       remove any identification, trademark, copyright or other notices from the Website;

4.7       post or transmit, by means of reviews, comments, suggestions, ideas, questions or other information through the Website, any content which is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, sexually-explicit, profane or hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable content of any kind; and/or notwithstanding anything contained to the contrary in these Terms, use the Website for any purpose other than personal, non-commercial and information purposes. 

  1.             Security

5.1       In order to ensure the security and reliable operation of the services to all the Service Provider’s users, the Service Provider hereby reserves the right to take whatever action it may deem necessary to preserve the security, integrity and reliability of its network and back-office applications.

5.2       You may not utilise the Website in any manner which may compromise the security of the Service Provider’s networks or tamper with the Website in any manner whatsoever, which shall include without limitation, gaining or attempting to gain unauthorised access to the Website, or delivering or attempting to deliver any unauthorised, damaging or malicious code to the Website, all of which is expressly prohibited. Any person or entity which does so, or attempts to do so, shall be held criminally liable. Further, should the Service Provider suffer any damage or loss, civil damages shall be claimed by the Service Provider against the user.

5.3       Any user who commits any of the offences detailed in Chapter 13 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 (“ECTA”) (specifically sections 85 to 88 (inclusive)) shall, notwithstanding criminal prosecution, be liable for all resulting liability, loss or damages suffered and/or incurred by the Service Provider and its affiliates, agents and/or partners and be subject to civil litigation.

  1.             Intellectual property rights

6.1       For the purpose of this clause, the following words shall have the following meanings ascribed to them:

6.1.1      “Intellectual property rights” means all and any of the rights in and to intellectual property of any nature whatsoever owned and/or controlled directly or under licence by the Service Provider, now or in the future, including without limitation, the Service Provider’s rights, title and interest in and to all technology, source code/s, trade secrets, logos, systems, methods, trademarks, trade names, styles, insignia, designs, patents and copyright, and all similar proprietary rights which may subsist in any part of the world, whether registered or not.

6.2       All copyright and other intellectual property rights in all content, trademarks, software, data, material, including logos, databases, text, graphics, icons, hyperlinks, confidential information, designs, agreements, and multimedia works, published on or via the Website (“proprietary material”), are the property of, or are licensed to, the Service Provider and as such are protected from infringement by local and international legislation and treaties.

6.3       By submitting reviews, comments and/or any other content (other than your personal information) to the Service Provider for posting on the Website, you automatically grant the Service Provider and its affiliates a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and licence to use, reproduce, publish, translate, sub-license, copy and distribute such content in whole or in part worldwide, and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or hereinafter developed, for the full term of any copyright that may exist in such content. Subject to this licence, you retain any and all rights that may exist in such content.

6.4       All rights not expressly granted are reserved and no right, title or interest in any proprietary material or information contained in this Website is granted to you.

6.5       Except with the Service Provider’s express written permission, no proprietary material from this Website may be copied or retransmitted.

6.6       Irrespective of the existence of copyright, the user acknowledges that the Service Provider is the proprietor of all material on the Website (except where a third party is indicated as the proprietor), whether it constitutes confidential information or not, and that the user has no right, title or interest in any such material.

6.7       The Service Provider authorises you only to view, copy, temporarily download to a local drive and to print the content of this Website, or any part thereof, provided that such content is used for personal purposes and for information purposes only, and such content is used for non-commercial purposes.

  1.             Risk, limitation of liability and indemnity

7.1       The user’s use of this website and the information contained on the website is entirely at the user’s own risk and the user assumes full responsibility and risk of loss resulting from the use thereof.

7.2       The transmission of information via the internet, including without limitation e-mail, is susceptible to monitoring and interception. The user bears all risk of transmitting information in this manner. Under no circumstances shall the Service Provider be liable for any loss, harm, or damage suffered by the user as a result thereof. The Service Provider reserves the right to request independent verification of any information transmitted via e-mail and the user consents to such verification should the Service Provider deem it necessary.

7.3       To the extent permissible by law:

7.3.1         Neither the Service Provider, its affiliates, shareholders, agents, consultants or employees shall be liable for any damages whatsoever, including without limitation any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages, howsoever arising (whether in an action arising out of contract, statute, delict or otherwise) related to the use of, or the inability to access or use the content of the website or any functionality thereof, or the information contained on the website, or of any linked website (including links to third party websites), even if the Service Provider knows or should reasonably have known or is expressly advised thereof.

7.3.2         You hereby unconditionally and irrevocably indemnify the Service Provider and agree to hold the Service Provider free from all loss, damages, claims and/or costs, of whatsoever nature suffered or incurred by you as a direct or indirect result of:

7.3.2.1     your use of the website;

7.3.2.2     software, programs and support services supplied by, obtained by or modified by you or any third party without the consent or knowledge of the Service Provider;

7.3.2.3     your failure to comply with any of the terms or any other requirements which the Service Provider may impose from time to time;

7.3.2.4     the actions or requirements of any telecommunications authority or a supplier of telecommunications services or software; or

7.3.2.5     any unavailability of, or interruption in, the service which is beyond the control of the Service Provider.

7.4       The Service Provider makes no warranty or representation as to the availability, accuracy or completeness of the content of the website. You expressly waive and renounce all your rights of whatever nature that you may have against the Service Provider for any loss suffered by you, as a result of information supplied by the Service Provider being incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate.

  1.             Service provider privacy and cookie policy

8.1       This clause 8 provides details about our Privacy and Cookie Policy, which Policy forms part of these Terms. The Service Provider takes your privacy seriously and is committed to protecting your personal information and also giving you a safe online experience. We use the personal information that we collect from you in accordance with this Privacy and Cookie Policy. 

8.2       Personal information, includes personally identifiable information such as your name, email address, contact details including physical address and may be collected by the Service Provider. By personal information we don’t mean general, statistical, aggregated or anonymised information which is not necessarily unique to you.

8.3       Your use of our services signifies your consent to us collecting and using your personal information as specified below.

8.4       How we collect information about you: Sandton Optometrists will only ask you to provide information that is relevant to the service or product that you have requested or to enable us to respond to your enquiry. We may collect personal information from you in various ways including enquiry for and/or the use of our products and services. This may include through promotions, competitions, surveys, applications, complaints, store and website visits, your authorised third parties and through our representatives or otherwise with your consent.  Sandton Optometrists may collect information about our website users collectively, anonymously and which is only used in aggregate for purposes of improving our website for the benefit of its users and as such no identifying information is collected.  Should Sandton Optometrists website make use of cookies this will be for advertising information purposes and the information collected on our behalf by third parties is anonymous and does not personally identify you.  Your web browser can be changed to reject cookies and the website will still be fully operational.

8.5       How we use your information: Sandton Optometrists may use the personal information collected from you for a number of purposes connected with our business including providing products and services you have requested, responding to your requests or enquiries and other customer care related activities, medical care referrals to a doctor or specialist, by consent, evaluating, developing and enhancing our websites and our services, technical support of our websites and computer systems, direct marketing purposes and product promotions and offers, market research contact which you will be able to opt out of, customer notifications including appointments and examinations, for legal or regulatory reasons or requirements and general business purposes and administration. The information collected will be essential for these purposes. Your personal information will not be shared, sold, rented or disclosed to any third party without your permission, other than as required by law, or as set out in this Privacy Policy.

8.6       How long do we keep your information for?

The time periods for which we keep your information may vary according to the use or purpose attached to the information. Unless there is a specific legal requirement requiring us to keep your information, however, we will not keep it for longer than necessary for the purpose for which the information was collected or for which it is to be processed. We will make every effort to secure your information from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. 

8.7       Disclosing your information to third parties: We provide your information to medical aids and couriers. Your personal information will not be shared, sold, rented or disclosed to any third party without your permission, other than as required by law, or as set out in this Privacy Policy.

8.8       When and where do we use cookies? To enrich and perfect your online experience, Sandton Optometrists uses “Cookies”, similar technologies and services provided by others to display personalized content, appropriate advertising and store your preferences on your computer.

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Sandton Optometrists uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, their usage of https://thesandtonoptom.co.za, and their website access preferences.

8.9       How can you refuse or opt out of cookies? Sandton Optometrists visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using https://thesandtonoptom.co.za.

By continuing to navigate our website without changing your cookie settings, you hereby acknowledge and agree to Sandton Optometrist use of cookies.

8.10    How can you manage your privacy preferences? You have the right to access and review your personal information held by us and to request that we update, correct or delete your personal information, at any time. Please contact our privacy officer on team@thesadntonoptom.co.za should you wish to exercise your rights in relation to your personal information.

  1.             Confidentiality

9.1       Any information or material sent to the Service Provider by you will be deemed not to be confidential, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the user and the Service Provider.

  1.           Breach or cancellation by the Service Provider

10.1    The Service Provider is entitled without notice, in addition to any other remedy available to it at law or under these Terms, including obtaining an interdict, to cancel these Terms, limit or deny such user use of the Website and services, or to claim specific performance of any obligation whether or not the due date for performance has arrived, in either event without prejudice to the Service Provider’s right to claim damages, should any user:

10.1.1      breach any of these Terms;

10.1.2      in the sole discretion of Service Provider, use the Website in an unauthorised manner; or

10.1.3      infringes any statute, regulation, ordinance or law.

10.2    Breach of these Terms entitles the Service Provider to take legal action without prior notice to the user and the user agrees to reimburse the costs associated with such legal action to the Service Provider on an attorney and client scale.

  1.         Compliance with section 43(1) of ECT Act

In compliance with section 43(1) of the ECT Act, the following is noted:

(Insert all of the relevant information set out below)

12.1    Full name: Sandton Optometrists Inc

12.2    Registration number: 2012/206827/21

12.3    Physical address: 7 Minerva Avenue, Glenadrienne, Sandton

12.4    Fax number:

12.5    Telephone number: 011 883 0907

12.6    Website address: www.thesandtonoptom.co.za

12.7    E-mail address: admin@thesandtonoptom.co.za

12.8    Names of office bearers: Michelle Dateling 

12.9    Registered at:

  1.         Compliance with laws

You shall comply with all applicable laws, statues, ordinances and regulations pertaining to your use of and access to this Website.

  1.         Notices

Except as explicitly stated otherwise, any notices shall be given by email to admin@thesandtonoptom.co.za (in the case of the Service Provider) or to the e-mail address you have provided to the Service Provider (in your case), or such other address that has been specified. Notice shall be deemed given 48 (forty eight) hours after an email is sent, unless the sending party is notified that the email address is invalid. Alternatively, the Service Provider may give you notice by registered mail should it have these details, postage prepaid and return receipt requested, to the address which you have provided to the Service Provider. In such case, notice shall be deemed given 7 (seven) days after the date of mailing. You acknowledge that all agreements, notices or other communication required to be given in terms of the law or these Terms may be given via electronic means and that such communications shall be “in writing”. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, a written notice or communication actually received by a party shall be an adequate written notice or communication to it, notwithstanding that it was not sent to or delivered at its chosen address(es) for that purpose.

  1.          General clauses

15.1    These Terms shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the Republic of South Africa as such laws are applied to agreements entered into and to be performed within South Africa.

15.2    This Website is controlled, operated and administered by the Service Provider from its offices within the Republic of South Africa. The Service Provider makes no representation that the content of the Website is appropriate or available for use outside of South Africa. Access to the Website from territories or countries where the content of the Website is illegal is prohibited. Users may not use this Website in violation of South African export laws and regulations. If the user accesses this Website from locations outside of South Africa, that user is responsible for compliance with all local laws.

15.3    The Service Provider does not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to our services, as operation of our Website may be interfered with as a result of a number of factors which are outside of our control.

15.4    If any provision of these Terms is held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable for any reason, such provision shall be struck out from these Terms and the remaining provisions shall be enforced to the full extent of the law.

15.5    The Service Provider’s failure to act with respect to a breach by you or others does not constitute a waiver of our right to act with respect to subsequent or similar breaches.

15.6    You shall not be entitled to cede your rights or assign your rights or delegate your obligations in terms of these Terms to any third party without the prior written consent of the Service Provider.

15.7    No party shall be bound by any express or implied term, representation, warranty, promise or the like not recorded herein, whether it induced the contract and/or whether it was negligent or not.

15.8    The head notes to the paragraphs to these Terms are inserted for reference purposes only and shall not affect the interpretation of any of the provisions to which they relate.

15.9    Words importing the singular shall include the plural and vice versa, and words importing the masculine gender shall include females and words importing persons shall include partnerships and corporate and unincorporated entities.

15.10 These Terms set forth the entire understanding and agreement between the Service Provider and you with respect to the subject matter hereof.