Unlike international ISPs, South Africa still seems fairly open to Usenet and Newsgroup use – even hosting free news servers on their networks. I guess it’s like a Value Added Service of sorts?
If you’re with one of the major ISPs chances are there’s a a news server hosted on their network somewhere ready for use, for free!
While these servers are useful, it’s normally a better idea to use a premium Usenet provider as they generally offer better retention, SSL and authentication. I’d recommend XSUsenet [affiliate link] and XS News.
Here’s a table breakdown of each ISP provided news server details:
|MWEB||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||VAS via Giganews|
|Webafrica||news.wa.co.za||119||No||None||None||5||90 days||Internet Solutions|
|Internet Solutions||news.is.co.za||119||No||None||None||5||90 days||Internet Solutions|
|Crystal Web||news.crystalweb.co.za|| 23, 80, 119 [Non-SSL]
22, 443, 563 [SSL]
|Yes||ISP provided||ISP provided||15||2000+ days||NextGenNews|
The ISP specific details are also broken down individually here.