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Cape Town – 24 March 2020

HOSTAFRICA remains online during COVID-19 SA lockdown

Dear valued customers,

As you know by now South Africa will go into a national lockdown on Friday, 27 March, which will last for 21 days.

It’s been a time of huge change and uncertainty for all of us, and our hearts go out to anybody who has already been directly affected by the outbreak.

As the impact of the crisis escalates, we’re fully committed to continuing to provide you with the service and support you need.

We at HOSTAFRICA are fortunate that we can operate 100% online and thanks to our COVID-19 Contingency Plan we already have all our employees working safely from home. We guarantee you uninterrupted service and to the same outstanding level as usual. This also means operating hours remain the same.

Nobody’s certain what the next few months will look like, but we promise we are here for you every step of the way and will support you as you support us.

Stay safe,

Cape Town – 20 March 2020

COVID-19 Contingency Plan

Dear clients, partners and suppliers,

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have put the following measures in place to ensure that we continue to provide our clients with uninterrupted service.

As of yesterday, and until further notice we are working remotely from our respective homes or safe places of choice.

Moreover, all our Datacenter providers have established a screening process for all persons entering Datacenter facilities.

Most importantly, all of us at HOSTAFRICA will remain available to assist you telephonically and via email/ticket. Business hours remain unchanged.

Our priority remains the health and safety of our clients and employees and ensuring that essential staff continue to run our operation for your benefit and remain healthy enough to do so.

Should you have any concerns in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us at support@hostafrica.co.za


Michael Osterloh

Managing Director

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Cape Town – 4 March 2020

SA’s HOSTAFRICA expands with two more acquisitions

South Africa-based web hosting company Host Africa, trading as HOSTAFRICA, has acquired two more pure web hosting companies Gweb Hosting and Hob Host, effective 1 March 2020.

HOSTAFRICA made headlines in September 2019 after confirming its merge with hosting market specialist firm Greycell CC, trading as AmpleHosting.co.za.

HOSTAFRICA believes the latest deal will give impetus to the company’s expansion efforts in the local fragmented hosting market.

“This buy-out is another great step forward in our continued expansion strategy,” said Michael Osterloh, Managing Director of HOSTAFRICA.

“As our economy deteriorates, South African hosting companies struggle to stay afloat or invest in necessary technological advancements to stay competitive. We need to work together to support each other. Local hosting companies like us are not only vital to the South African economy financially, but cloud technology is the future that South African businesses need if they wish to stay relevant and competitive.”

HOSTAFRICA stated that following this acquisition, Gweb Hosting and Hob Host customers will benefit from its servers being located in certified datacentres in South Africa “to ensure lowest possible latency, as well as around the world in UK, USA, Germany, Brazil if clients need to do business there.”

Harvest Oberietarhe, chief executive officer of Gweb Hosting and Hob Host said: “I have the utmost confidence in Michael. Having done three successful acquisitions and mergers in the past five years, they know how to ensure a smooth transition and successive growth. I believe my valued clients will be in the best hands as I step down to pursue other avenues in life.”

Source: https://itweb.africa/content/8OKdWMDYrpJqbznQ

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HOSTAFRICA is an established Hosting business leading in VPS & Cloud server solutions in South Africa. With 15 years of combined experience, they also offer quality shared web hosting services such as Site Builder, CMS and eCommerce Hosting. Other services such as web and data security solutions are unique to the company. They have Reseller programmes for VPS & Cloud servers, Web Hosting, Domains and Online Backups.

HOSTAFRICA has grown exceptionally since its inception in 2015, making HOSTAFRICA.co.za, VPS.co.za, Cloud.co.za, AmpleHosting, Gweb Hosting and Hob Host all part of the Host Africa (Pty) Ltd family.

Cape Town – 28 February 2020

HOSTAFRICA Hosting – Built for Speed, Reliability, and Security

Michél, manager of the Marketing Department at HOSTAFRICA, talks to us about the features included in their hosting packages, assuring no hidden costs. Their team of highly skilled developers, administrators, and managers from both Germany and South Africa have more than 15 years of international experience and a high-level skill set between them. And, since they only use renowned hardware brands and software solutions, your site is optimized for reliability and high availability.

This interview was originally published on February 28, 2020

Can users register, purchase, and transfer domains through HOSTAFRICA?

Certainly. We run a domain check to search the availability of the requested domain, and if available, we purchase it on their behalf. We automatically send the data to the responsible registrar, and users can maintain their domain data at all times within our Client Area.

We offer over 30 of the most popular domain extensions in South Africa, such as .org, .com, and .net, plus others not included upon request.

Moreover, HOSTAFRICA is a .co.za domain registrar, which means that when you order one of our Web or CMS Hosting packages, you get a .co.za domain for free. We also offer advanced DNS management, multi-year registration, and free expert support.

Users wanting to transfer domains to HOSTAFRICA can initiate the process by submitting a transfer request on our website or via a support ticket, and we will notify the registrar who handles the process from there.

Alternatively, we also offer users the ability to resell domain names with a HOSTAFRICA domain reseller account. Users save up to 30% on list prices, incur no monthly fees, and keep the profit they make. Our program features comprehensive DNS management, a reseller client area, and free WHMCS, API, Blesta integration. Resellers can easily register, transfer & manage domains in their client area. They just sign up and start earning.

What shared hosting plans do you offer?

Our Web Hosting, CMS and eCommerce Hosting, Web Resellers, and Site Builder plans all run on shared web hosting servers.

HOSTAFRICA’s Web Hosting packages are hosted on SSD servers in South Africa to ensure low latency. Our web hosting runs on the cPanel control panel and is the cheapest web hosting option available, starting at R69 per month. We provide vulnerability detection and patching, unlimited web traffic, and 99.9% uptime. Also included is a free .co.za domain, disk storage up to 40 GB, SQL databases, a free SSL Certificate, up to unlimited emails, up to 4 GB of RAM, up to 3 CPU units, PHP, FTP account(s) and daily automatic incremental backups of customers’ data.

Alternatively, our Web Hosting Reseller program allows users to sell their own web hosting, which is fully white-labeled and supports WHMCS integration. From R249 per month, resellers benefit from our infrastructure and keep the profit they make. Clients can buy bundled cPanel accounts, SSD storage, unlimited SQL Databases, and unlimited traffic for reasonable prices. Their account includes Softaculous for 1-click install applications, South African based servers, PHP, web host manager, free emails, automatic backups, malware scanning, virus, and spam protection.

Lastly, all our shared web hosting plans come with our complimentary cWatch Web Security Basic protection. We offer more comprehensive protection plans from R60 to R450 per month. cWatch Security is our Managed Security Service (MSS) that protects customers’ website(s) from cyber threats with 24/7 website surveillance, malware scans and removal, blacklist removal, and continuous brand/SEO/traffic monitoring.

What is included with your WordPress hosting plan?

We offer four hosting plans, tailored for different needs. However, all will automatically install and configure WordPress, free of charge. One free “.co.za” domain is included, and all HOSTAFRICA’s WordPress servers run on Solid-State Drives as well as utilize LiteSpeed Cache. This powerful plugin communicates with our SSD storage to statically cache your dynamic WordPress pages and significantly reduce your site’s page load time.

Our WordPress hosting runs on cPanel, a full-featured control panel that allows customers to easily manage their domain(s) through a web interface. cPanel comes with cPHulk brute force server-wide protection against hacking.

Additionally, we automatically backup our clients’ data daily; it’s part of all our packages. If things go wrong, simply ask for a restore at any time.

Moreover, we’ve made sure our servers run cWatch Web Security and Patchman to keep users protected from malware.

Do you offer any eCommerce hosting?

Our web hosting is based on cPanel Control Panel that runs Softaculous, which supports 39 eCommerce applications. These apps can be installed from your cPanel management console in just a few clicks. No technical skills needed.

Amongst the most popular eCommerce applications we offer are WooCommerce, PrestaShop, osCommerce, OpenCart, Magento, AbanteCart, and CubeCart. These plans are priced the same as our WordPress hosting.

What apps are available for installation?

Softaculous for cPanel can install all apps needed. There are hundreds of apps available for anything from blogging, forums, portals/CMS, and eCommerce to project/ad/file management, gaming, emails, and analytics.

What dedicated server plans do you offer?

Our Linux VPS plans are hosted on physical servers that support all major Linux distributions. Containers are powered by Virtuozzo 7 and powerful SSDs. Servers are hosted in a South African Data Center to ensure low latency. Prices range from R100 for 10 GB SSDs, 1 GB RAM, and 1 CPU vCore to R2,480 for 500 GB SSD, 32 GB RAM, and 12 CPU vCores. We also accommodate users who need a custom plan built.

Furthermore, we have a new product launching soon: dedicated Windows Cloud Servers for R3,000 per month. Dedicated starter resources will be as follows: 1 Xeon E5 2680 12 core (24 threads), fully virtualized, 64 GB DDR4 RAM, 1 TB Local Enterprise SSDs in Raid 10, 4 TB Traffic, 200Mbit Outbreak, Dual Power supply, Redundant Uplink.

Customers can build and add as many resources as you need. There is the option to have your server managed for 50% of the server price.

Are there any advantages to Cloud Hosting over VPS?

Indeed, there are. Our Cloud servers are powered by Virtuozzo Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), which is full virtualization. The advantage of these virtual machines is that they run on their own kernel. This means there are no limitations on how users can customize their machines. Subsequently, users are also able to mount a custom Operating System ISO, as opposed to VPS containers that can only run mainstream Linux distributions and share the kernel with the host. Moreover, custom kernels allow users to upgrade their operating systems without reinstalling the template and as well as use software containers for nested virtualization.

Lastly, we have Cloud servers based in South Africa and around the world, namely Germany, the UK, USA, and Brazil, giving customers a variety of choices starting at R130 per month. Both our Linux and Windows Cloud Server plans include unlimited bandwidth, one free static IP address, up to 500 GB of SSD storage, 32 GB of RAM, and 16 CPU vCores. Of course, we can accommodate any needs that fall outside of our current packages.

For those who wish to start a business reselling their own Virtual Servers, they can sign up for our HOSTAFRICA VPS Reseller program. Users can resell SSD Linux VPS, Linux, and Windows Cloud servers with WHMCS and API integration. Resellers choose from servers hosted in South Africa or international locations, as well as a range of OS templates. Our program saves resellers up to 20% on list prices and includes cPanel/Plesk/Remote Desktop. No capital outlay is required, and servers are fully white-labeled.

How does your Website Builder work?

Using our website builder is as easy as dragging and dropping what you want, where you want it. Customizing it is just as easy, and absolutely no coding skills are needed. We have a free interactive demo so users can and see how simple it is. Users can even import their current website or create a new one.

Our builder packages include SEO tools, email accounts, quality templates, Google Analytics integration, automatic backups.

Do you have migration services for customers with existing web sites?

Definitely, we’ve made migrating to HOSTAFRICA absolutely effortless for customers. We will transfer their domain for free.

First, we’ll migrate a client’s website content and emails. Second, we’ll request the transfer of their domain name to us. Lastly, once the domain name is transferred, we’ll point their account to our servers. There’s only minimum downtime required, and we’ll give new customers three months of free hosting, allowing them time to settle in.

Are backup and recovery services available?

We offer Acronis™ based online backups. Clients can safeguard their PC, laptop, and mobile data.

Our server edition provides a reliable backup of virtual and dedicated server systems, as well as business-critical applications, such as MS SharePoint, Exchange, MS-SQL, and MySQL.

Customers can restore individual files or an entire backup using the web-based control console. They can easily download items from the built-in backup browser. Furthermore, a single backup package covers an unlimited number of devices.

Lastly, we also offer the option to resell Acronis™ cloud backup storage. This is especially appealing to our Virtual Server resellers who need to protect data on their clients’ servers, devices, and business-critical applications. With our online backup reseller account, users can buy white-labeled cloud storage below list price and sell it for profit.

How are your servers protected against hackers and other cyber threats?

We cannot reveal the full extent of our security measures as attackers may be able to use this information to their advantage.

We do not provide security on our VPSs as they are unmanaged and, therefore, the responsibility of the customer to implement the security measures they deem necessary.

With regards to our shared web hosting servers, we ensure that the servers are always updated to the latest version of cPanel and employ a firewall, among numerous other security measures.

What support services are available to your customers?

We provide support to customers via ticket, Slack, Livechat, email, and phone from 8 am to 5 pm. There will always be an expert on the other side of your problem, ready to listen and act. If necessary, we even provide after-hours support via our ticketing system for all our customers. We also employ 24/7 monitoring of our infrastructure.

The scope of support we offer varies throughout the many different services we sell, but as a principle, we strive to always provide outstanding support that is personal, efficient, relevant, and timely.

Source: https://www.websiteplanet.com/blog/hostafrica-interview/

Cape Town – 03 September 2019

SA's HOSTAFRICA bags multi-million Rand acquisition

South Africa-based web hosting company HOSTAFRICA has confirmed its merge with Greycell CC, trading as AmpleHosting.co.za, and its multi-million Rand acquisition of the hosting market specialist company.

Effective from 1 September 2019, the deal opens the three-year-old company to additional human capital, suppliers, domains, technical equipment and customers. This is not HOSTAFRICA’s first acquisition – In December 2016, the company acquired VPS Networks to strengthen its cloud focus.

AmpleHosting.co.za has 15 years’ experience in pure web hosting, and an established base of 3,500 customers. The company specialises in easy initiation and integration of domains “using software that allows customers meticulous control of their websites and services.”

HOSTAFRICA is focused on cloud and virtual private server solutions across multiple operating systems, with servers based both locally and internationally.

It competes with domains.co.za, Xneelo (previously Hetzner) and 1-Grid.

HOSTAFRICA says it is difficult for small enterprises to compete against multinational corporations that use their substantial amount of resources to dominate the South African hosting market.

“Right now, the market is fragmented with many small hosting companies who cannot make significant waves, stay relevant or keep up with rapid advancement in technology. Joining forces and expertise with other companies, as well as ensuring delivery of unparalleled customer service will increase our competitiveness. HOSTAFRICA pursues a clear buy-and-build strategy. We carefully evaluated the hosting market for formidable partners that would strengthen our position in the hosting market. We reached out to AmpleHosting and opened discussions for mutual benefit. It was in both our best interests to unify and move forward stronger,” the company stated.

AmpleHosting does not offer VPS/Cloud solutions to its customers, only web hosting.

Following this acquisition, AmpleHosting customers will eventually gain access to HOSTAFRICA’s products such as Linux Virtual Private Hosting, Linux Cloud Hosting, Windows Cloud Hosting, VPS Reselling, as well as new products at HOSTAFRICA such as WordPress Hosting, Comodo cWatch website security, Acronis Backups.

In the short term, according to information supplied, the AmpleHosting.co.za website will be updated with HOSTAFRICA branding, and its customer portal integrated, along with phone support and 24/7 service hours.

The companies also promise improved customer support and longer service hours.

“This partnership gives us the opportunity to combine our expertise and move forward stronger” says Graham Paine, chief executive officer of Greycell CC.

Mr Paine will become a partner of HOSTAFRICA and Head of Product Management.

Michael Osterloh, Founder and Managing Director of HOSTAFRICA, as well as the owner of CLOUD.co.za and VPS.co.za, says “We believe joining forces will stimulate the hosting industry and increase competition. HOSTAFRICA has grown considerably in size and experience over the last three years. We intend to keep driving this momentum forward. We have more strategic partnerships and acquisitions planned that we believe will also be future successes.”

Source: http://www.itwebafrica.com/cloud/517-south-africa/246358-sas-hostafrica-bags-multi-million-rand-acquisition

Cape Town – 24 August 2017

HOSTAFRICA introduces South African based cloud backup

HOSTAFRICA has released a new Cloud based backup solution based on enterprise grade backup software.

This makes HOSTAFRICA one of the first South African hosting providers that offers a Cloud Based Enterprise Grade Backup solution.

Be protected from ransomware

Due to the fact that all the backups are essentially time-based snapshots, users can recover from Ransomware attacks or accidental data deletion as they can then choose the last known good copy to restore their data.

Users can flexibly setup backup schedules and restore points.

With an intuitive user-friendly interface, the solution is suited for business of all sizes.

Data loss will no longer be a risk. Restores can be done granularly at either file or image level.

This allows you to back up a whole PC or Server and do a Bare Metal Restore to a new machine in case of hardware failure.

Backups are scheduled to run at a time and speed set by the user, thus enabling full control over network usage and possible congestion.

PC, Server, Virtual Machine backups

The solution is available as a standalone package for Office365 Backup, PC Backup, Virtual Machines or Servers.

Backups range from Full Image Backups through to File Based Backups.

What makes the so attractive is that only the first backup is a full backup. Future backups are subsequently incremental backups, thus only backing up data which has changed.

This saves a large amount of bandwidth – one of the major obstacles of Cloud backups solutions in South Africa.

Be secure – Fully redundant and encrypted

All data is stored in a high-redundancy environment and data is secured by encryption.

The end user can also specify additional encryption using a unique key to which only the user has access.

Backup plans start from R249 for single PC up to R1299 for full server backups including SQL databases.

Source: https://mybroadband.co.za/news/industrynews/225907-host-africa-introduces-south-african-based-cloud-backup.html

Cape Town – 08 December 2016

HOSTAFRICA acquires VPS Networks as it continues to roll out its growth strategy in the South African Hosting Market

HOSTAFRICA acquires VPS Networks (cloud.co.za and vps.co.za), including its employees, technical equipment and customers, effective December 1, 2016. This acquisition will strengthen the strong cloud focus of the South African Hosting Provider further. The acquisition is backed by the Swiss investment company Concorde Industries.

(Cape Town, 08 Dec 2016) VPS Networks is one of South Africa’s oldest providers of virtual servers. The private company has vast expertise in cloud solutions and is able to tailor a service to any server hosting requirement. It offers a fully-automated portfolio of products, including small development servers and larger cloud servers for both Windows and Linux. Both companies, HOSTAFRICA and VPS Networks, share the same vision with a strong focus on customers and technical innovation.

“With our brands cloud.co.za and vps.co.za we grew more than 30% in the last year and we have been searching for a strong partner to facilitate continued growth”, says David Venter, Managing Director of VPS Networks. “And we found just such a partner in HOSTAFRICA. We couldn’t be happier to be part of the team.”

Venter will join the HOSTAFRICA team as CTO and his team will ensure that HOSTAFRICA goes from strength to strength. Current VPS Networks customers will be relieved to hear that nothing about VPS Networks’ services will change, apart from the invoicing, which will now be done by HOSTAFRICA.

HOSTAFRICA’s build & buy strategy

As a significant milestone, HOSTAFRICA’s major acquisition of VPS Networks marks an important step in fostering the company’s growth in the South African hosting market. HOSTAFRICA is focusing on organic growth while completing its portfolio with strategically relevant acquisitions.

“The takeover of VPS Networks by HOSTAFRICA is a coup for the fast growing South African hosting industry,” says Michael Osterloh, CEO of HOSTAFRICA. “The demand for cloud infrastructure continues to grow year on year. HOSTAFRICA believes that moving forward with an acquisition will help provide an extended and updated product portfolio to its clients, keeping them consistently competitive and relevant.”

The acquisition was supported by the Swiss investment company Concorde Industries, which became a shareholder in HOSTAFRICA during the acquisition. In partnership with HOSTAFRICA, the new investor is planning further strategic acquisitions in the South African hosting market.


HOSTAFRICA is an established hosting company that provides cloud & web hosting solutions, domains and SSL certificates. Mostly orientated towards providing SMEs hosting solutions, HOSTAFRICA offers self-managed, efficient and reliable hosting services at competitive and affordable rates.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Michael Osterloh, CEO

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