Acceptance of Our Terms and Conditions

By using this Website, you confirm that you understand and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. If you do not accept the terms of this Privacy Policy, you are directed to discontinue accessing or otherwise using the Website or any materials obtained from it with immediate effect.

Links to Third-Party Sites

The www.mietafrica.com Website may provide links to third-party Websites for the convenience of our users. If you access these links, you will leave the www.mietafrica.com Website. www.mietafrica.com does not control these third-party Websites and cannot confirm that the policies and practices of these third-party sites will be consistent with this Privacy Policy. Other Websites may collect or use personal information about you in a manner different from that described in this document. Therefore, any link you follow from this Website, should be used with caution and at own risk. You are encouraged to familiarise yourself with the privacy policy of any Website before submitting any personal information.

Information We Collect

Non-Personal Information

Non-personal information, data about usage and service operation, not directly linked to a specific person may be collected to analyse how the Website is used by visitors to the Website.

Aggregate Information

Pages viewed, IP (Internet Protocol) addresses, referral data are all examples of aggregate information which your computer provides to us when using/accessing this Website.

Log Files

Every time you request or download a file from this Website, www.mietafrica.com may store data about these events and your IP address in a log file. www.mietafrica.com may use this information to analyze trends, administer the Website, track users’ movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use or for other business purposes.

Cookies

We use “cookies” as these enable us to improve user experience and interactivity with this Website. Should you wish to disable cookies, you may do so from your browser but please note that this will prevent access to webpages on this Website. You have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, please note as mentioned above, certain functions of our Website may not work properly, and you may be unable to use those services that require registration in order to participate.

On this website cookies are used to collect and/or process data by the following specific plugins, features or platforms, among others (this is not an exhaustive list):

WordPress cookies – WordPress uses cookies, or tiny pieces of information stored on your computer, to verify who you are. There are cookies for logged in users (strictly necessary) and for commenters (optional).

Google Analytics – Google Analytics helps website owners measure how users interact with website content. As a user navigates between web pages, Google Analytics provides website owners JavaScript tags (libraries) to record information about the page a user has seen, for example the URL of the page. The Google Analytics JavaScript libraries use HTTP Cookies to “remember” what a user has done on previous pages / interactions with the website.

MailChimp (Newsletter Subscriptions) –  MailChimp will record and store your subscriber information in a database in order to send you the emails/content you have explicitly subscribed to.

Google Fonts – Google Fonts sends your IP address to Google for stats and analytics.

Youtube embedded videos – Youtube sends your IP address to Google for stats and analytics.

Social Media Sharing Buttons – These use cookies to

Contact Forms – If Akismet is enabled on the site, the contact form submission data — IP address, user agent, name, email address, website, and message — is submitted to the Akismet service (also owned by Automattic) for the sole purpose of spam checking. The actual submission data is stored in the database of the site on which it was submitted and is emailed directly to the owner of the form (i.e. the site author who published the page on which the contact form resides). This email will include the submitter’s IP address, timestamp, name, email address, website, and message. Data Synced: Post and post meta data associated with a user’s contact form submission. If Akismet is enabled on the site, the IP address and user agent originally submitted with the comment are synced, as well, as they are stored in post meta.

Jetpack Stats – The Stats feature sets this admin-area-only cookie if the user requests to view stats reports without javascript turned on.

Jetpack Subscriptions (blog posts and comment subscriptions) – Your email address is saved in our database to enable the auto-sending of comments or blog posts that you have subscribed to.

Give Donations – Give donations plugin stored your name, email address and amount donated, on our MIET AFRICA database. Cookies are also used to send your name, email address and donation amount to PayFast which is a secure payment gateway, which handles your billing and credit card. MIET AFRICA does not store any credit card information on our website

Other – there may be other unspecified cookies used, such as referral links.

Web Beacons

Web beacons may be used to collect non-personal information about your use of our Website and the Website of selected sponsors, participants, members and advertisers, your use of special promotions or newsletters, and other activities.

Personal Information

www.mietafrica.com uses personal information such as your name, email address, business name, social media profiles, user IDs, passwords, billing information, address as well as your business particulars to better understand your needs and interests and to provide you with better service. The personal information is gathered necessarily so that you may be able to request and/or download information or materials, subscribe to mailing lists, participate in online discussions such as blog commentary, provide feedback, sign-up for events or to make queries or donations via the site.

How will your information be used

Your information will be used to offer or provide services that support the activities of www.mietafrica.com, to respond to your enquiries, send invoices, analyse trends, or to provide you with electronic newsletters, invitation to events, marketing material, announcements, surveys or other information. When accessing www.mietafrica.com your personal user information may be tracked in order to ensure authorized access. By providing us with your personal information, you expressly consent to our storing, processing, and distributing of such information for the above-mentioned purposes.

Information Sharing

Reasonable steps are taken to maintain the security of the information as listed above. However, we reserve the right to release personal information where compelled to do so by law, where we reasonably believe there to be illegal activity, and where we can be expected to try and protect our systems and/or business. As a user of this Website, please note that your personal information may be visible to other users and to the public. Information that is disclosed in public areas of our Website such as message boards, news groups, discussion forums becomes accessible to the public and therefore can be collected, used, shared by the public and we cannot accept any liability for the misuse of such information. You are warned to exercise caution when sharing any information and should you not want your personal information collected and used by users of this Website, please refrain from immediate use of this Website. Please note that our employees will have access to personal information under confidentiality.

Access to and Accuracy of Information

All information submitted to us can be verified and/or changed. In order to do this, please contact us on miet@miet.co.za. Please note that reasonable steps will be taken to verify your identity before effecting such change, verification or correction.

Security

Various means are used to protect the Information provided by users on this Website but we cannot guarantee that this information will not be intercepted, altered or misused. The responsibility rests with you to ensure that your computer is adequately secured and protected against malicious software and individuals. We will not assume liability for the interception, alteration, use or misuse of the information you provide. You alone are responsible for maintaining the secrecy and security of your personal information. Should you suspect that we or you have had a security breach, please advise us immediately by contacting us on miet@miet.co.za detailing the time and nature of the breach and steps you have taken to minimise the effect of such breach.

Opting Out

You will at all times be given the option to opt out from receiving newsletters, announcements, surveys and any other information in relation to the activities of this Website. This can be done by following the directions in the relevant correspondence or by contacting us on miet@miet.co.za

Destruction/Deletion of Personal Information

All Personal Information which has become obsolete, in the sole and absolute discretion of us, shall be deleted by us from our records and/ or destroyed, alternatively, you may request that this information be deleted by contacting us on miet@miet.co.za.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

This Privacy Policy will be governed and construed by the laws of the Republic of South Africa and all visiting this Website submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the South African courts.