November 2021 | Version 1.0

1. Introduction

These are the general terms of our relationship with you. They cover any transactions where we provide services to you.

An order is a separate document or form that contains the commercial terms of each specific transaction and incorporates these terms.

2. Agreement
2.1. Composition.

The agreement consists of these terms of service and any orders or any other specific terms applicable to the services.

2.2. Definitions.

In the agreement:

    • business day means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday (including a public or bank holiday) in the jurisdiction where we are organised;
    • business hours means our normal business hours on business days;
      day means a day counted from midnight to midnight, including all days of the month, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays;
      sign means the handwritten signature or an electronic signature that the parties agree to use, of each of the parties’ duly authorised representatives; and
    • we, us, or our means Move Up Visa Solutions (Pty) Ltd
      writing means the reproduction of information or data in physical form or any mode of reproducing information or data in electronic form that the parties agree to use, but excludes information or data in the form of email.
    • you or your means any customer using our services.

2.3. Interpretation.

The following rules apply to the interpretation of the agreement:

    • reference headings – clause and subclause headings are for reference only and do not affect interpretation;
    • non-exhaustive lists – whenever a clause lists specific examples or items following a listing word, such as ‘including’, ‘includes’, ‘excluding’, or ‘excludes’, they will not limit its scope;
    • undefined words or phrases – all words or phrases that the agreement does not define have their ordinary English meanings;
    • enactment references – references to any enactment include it as re-enacted, amended, or extended;
    • person references – references to a person includes a natural and juristic person;
    • party references – references to a party includes their successors or permitted assigns;
    • number of days – when any number of days is prescribed, the first day will be excluded and the last day included;
    • no interpretation against the draftsman – the rule of construction that an agreement must be interpreted against the party responsible for its drafting or preparation does not apply; and
    • time calculations – the parties will use GMT +2 to calculate any times.

2.4. Departure.

These terms apply to all our customers and are not generally open to negotiation for reasons of consistency. Should the parties negotiate any departure from these terms, they will record that departure in the relevant order or other specific terms.

2.5. Conflict.

If there is a conflict of meaning between these terms and any word or phrase in an order or other specific terms, the meaning in the order or specific terms will prevail in respect of the relevant services.

3. Duration
3.1. Commencement.

These terms start whenever you accept them by:

    • doing so explicitly – such as by checking a checkbox saying that you do or agreeing to an order that incorporates them by reference;
    • using the services in any way – such as by accessing them; or
    • exercising any rights granted to you under the agreement;
    • and continue until terminated.

4. Orders
4.1. Placing orders.

You place orders with us whenever you order or start using the services through the website or application. These orders are offers to us to buy our services.

4.2. Capacity and authority.

You promise that you have the legal capacity and authority to enter into the agreement.

4.3. Invitation to do business.

Marketing is merely an invitation to do business and we only conclude the agreement when we actually provide the services to you. This happens when we accept your offer.

4.4. Cancellations.

We may cancel any order, but we will refund any money you have paid in relation to that particular order if we do.

4.5. Time and place.

We conclude the agreement when we accept the order and where we are domiciled when we do.

4.6. Separate agreements.

Each order is a separate agreement, but you are deemed to have breached all of them if you breach one of them.

5. Services
5.1. Right.

We grant you a right to use the services subject to the following limitations:

    • duration of agreement – you may only use the services for the duration of the agreement;
    • limited to terms – you may only use the services according to these terms;
    • non-exclusive – we may allow anyone else to use the services;
    • non-transferable – you may not transfer the right to anyone else; and
    • specified purposes – you may only use the services for the specified purposes that we’ve communicated to you in writing from time to time.

5.2. Breach.

We may suspend or cancel your right if you breach the agreement.

6. Online services
6.1. Basis.

We provide the online services to you on the following basis:

    • you give us permission to monitor how you use them for security and stability purposes; and
    • we agree that your written confirmations will be undisputed evidence of services provided to you.

6.2. Access conditions.

We will only provide online service access to you or your authorised users (where you are a juristic person) on the conditions that you or each one of them will:

    • accurately provide us with any information that we ask for on registration or account creation;
    •  create or have the necessary credentials (such as a username and password) assigned to them on registration or account creation;
    •  look after their credentials and not give them to anyone else;
    •  not interfere with or introduce any malicious software into the online services or otherwise misuse them;
    •  be responsible for any activity that happens under their account, even if someone else was actually acting under their credentials;
    •  have the necessary infrastructure, equipment, and software to access the online services; and
    •  abide by the agreement and any policies that we communicate to them in writing.

6.3. Availability.

We will do our best to make the online services available at all times, however we cannot guarantee that they will always be available. We may make them unavailable for scheduled and emergency maintenance.

7. Your data
7.1. Definition.

Your data is any data belonging to you or your customer that:

    • you (or any third party on your behalf) provide to us; or
    •  we generate, process, or supply to you in providing the services;
    • but excludes any derived data that we create for our own purposes or which is proprietary or confidential to us or our third party contractors.

7.2. Legal obligations.

We are responsible for complying with our obligations and you are responsible for complying with your obligations under applicable laws governing your data. The parties both acknowledge that they are not investigating the steps the other is taking to comply with any applicable privacy and data protection laws.

7.3. Indemnity.

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold us harmless (and those related to us and our personnel, related person, or other partners) from and against any claim, demand, loss, damage, cost, or liability (including legal costs) arising out of or relating to you failing to comply with your obligations under this clause. If permissible under applicable law, legal costs will be on an attorney and own client basis.

7.4. Preservation of integrity of your data.

Both of the parties will take reasonable precautions (having regard to the nature of each of their obligations under the agreement), to preserve the integrity of your data and prevent any unauthorised access, corruption or loss of your data.

7.5. Records.

You agree that our records are provisional (prima facie) evidence of the goods supplied or services provided to you.

7.6. Return of data.

On termination of any order, each party will return to the other party in the form in which it was received all of the other party’s data or information provided to the party for the purpose of performing the relevant order.

7.7. Location.

You consent to us transferring it to our group of companies, associated companies, service providers, or agents who may be located in other countries for the purpose of providing the services.

8. Data protection
8.1. Definitions.

For the purposes of this section:

    • applicable data protection laws means the South African Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 together with any other related laws agreed between the parties in writing;
    • personal information means any information about a living human being or existing organisation (as applicable data protection laws require), provided that someone is capable of identifying them from that information, which is necessary for the provision of the services;
      responsible party means the person who determines the purpose (‘why’) and means (‘how’) of processing the personal information alone or in conjunction with others, although it is more important that they determine why to process the personal information than how, and those related to it; and
    • operator means the person who processes personal information on the responsible party’s behalf in terms of a contract and enters into this agreement with the responsible party and those related to them.

8.2. Processing instructions.

The operator may only process the personal information on the responsible party’s documented instructions, to the extent that providing the services requires the operator to do so.

8.3. Data security.

The parties will implement appropriate technical and organisational security measures to make sure that the level of security is appropriate to the risks to the personal information in terms of applicable data protection laws, taking into account the:

    • state of the art (being the most recent level of development of technology of security measures at that particular time);
    •  implementation costs;
    •  processing nature, scope, context and purposes; and
    •  varying risks to people’s rights and freedoms in terms of likelihood and severity.

8.4. Ongoing review to data security measures.

Each party will continually review the technical and organisational security measures against industry security standards and their policies and procedures to determine whether they require additional or different security measures to respond to new or emerging security risks.

9. Confidential information
9.1. Definition.

Confidential information is any information that the parties share with one another in terms of this agreement with the intention that the other party should keep it secret, such as personal information, business records, or customer details.

9.2. Responsibilities.

Each party will keep any confidential information it receives from the other party under the agreement confidential and the receiving party will:

    • protect the other party’s interests;
    •  only use it to comply with their responsibilities under the agreement;
    •  only give it to their employees or agents that need it (and only as much as they need);
    •  use reasonable security procedures to make sure their employees or agents keep it confidential;
    •  get promises of confidentiality from those employees or agents who need access to the information;
    •  not reveal the information to anyone else; and
    •  not use it for any purpose other than under this agreement.

9.3. End of agreement.

The parties will give back to the other all confidential information of the other that they have at the end of the agreement, unless:

    •  the other party agrees that they may destroy or retain it instead; or
    •  it is lawfully in the public domain;
    •  someone else who is allowed to reveal it gives it to them;
    •  someone gives it to them to comply with a court order or other legal duty.

9.4. Indemnity.

Each party indemnifies the other against any loss or damage that the other may suffer because of a breach of this clause by a party or its employees or agents.

9.5. Survival.

This clause about confidential information is separate from the rest of this agreement and remains valid for five years after the end of this agreement.

10. Intellectual property
10.1. Ownership.

We or our third party licensors own all proprietary rights in our services and we or they may prosecute you for any violations of those rights.

10.2. Our technology.

Our technology is anything that we have or acquire rights in and may use to perform our obligations under the agreement.

10.3. Retention of rights.

We own all intellectual property rights in our technology and you may not use those rights without our permission. You do not acquire any rights in our technology if we use it to provide services to you.

10.4. Our trademarks.

Our trademarks are our property and you may not use them without our permission. All other trademarks are their respective owners’ property.

10.5. Restrictions.

You may not change, hire out, reverse engineer, or copy the services without our permission.

10.6. Your intellectual property.

You grant us a non-exclusive and royalty-free licence to use any of your trademarks and copyright works which you deliver to us for the purposes of providing the services. We may not use them for any other purpose without your prior written permission. The licence expires automatically when the agreement ends. You retain all rights in your trademarks and copyright works despite this licence.

11. Non-solicitation

You will not contract with any of our personnel or third-party licensors, other than through us, who were involved in providing services under an order for the duration of that order or for 12 calendar months after its termination.

12. Fees and payment
12.1. Payment.

You will pay us the fees on the due date in the manner agreed between the parties in writing. 

12.2. Late payments.

Additional charges agreed between the parties in writing apply to any payment we receive after the due date and you must pay them to us on demand. We may stop providing any services until you have paid all amounts due.

12.3. Interest.

Overdue amounts on any outstanding invoice will bear interest for our benefit from its due date until you pay it at:

    • 2% above the prime (or prime lending) rate.

Interest will be payable on a claim for damages from when the damages were suffered.

12.4. Appropriation.

We may use any money you pay us to settle your indebtedness under the agreement, despite any particular reason you may have paid it to us.

12.5. Certificate.

We may appoint an accountant to sign a certificate that will be proof of the amount due by you and the date on which it is payable.

12.6. Tax.

All fees exclude any tax (unless indicated otherwise). You will be liable to pay applicable taxes in addition to the fees.

12.7. Payment profile.

We may provide any registered credit bureau with information about your payment of amounts.

13. Our warranties
13.1. Service warranties.

We warrant that we will:

    • employ enough trained personnel with the knowledge and expertise to provide the services;
    •  use reasonable efforts consistent with prevailing industry standards to maintain the services; and
    •  provide the services in accordance with all applicable laws.

13.2. Refund warranty.

Suppose we arrange for your visa with the relevant authority, and it does not award the visa to you. In that event, we will refund you for the costs you have paid for that specific visa application. However, we will not refund you if:

    • We have communicated to you that there is little chance your application succeed.
    •  You do not disclose pertinent facts about yourself or your circumstances, and your application fails on this basis.
    •  Your payment to the relevance authority declines, rendering the application invalid and leads to the refusal of the application.
    •  Your application fails because you provided false or misleading information or the authority could not verify your documents.
    •  Your application fails based on the “General Grounds for Refusal” because you: previously overstayed a previous visa; breached the conditions attached to their previous visa whilst you were previously been in the UK;
      entered the UK illegally on a previous occasion;
      or used deception in any immigration application less than 10 years ago.

13.3. General warranties.

We warrant further that we:

    • have the legal right and authority to perform our obligations under the agreement; and
    •  will not intentionally introduce any malicious software into your systems.

14. Disclaimer of warranties
14.1. Disclaimer.

You use the services at your own risk and we disclaim all other warranties to the extent allowed by applicable law. We are not liable for any defect that you cause or third party causes.

14.2. Exclusion of liability.

Despite our warranties, we are not liable for any defects that your negligence, failure to follow our instructions, or misuse causes.

15. Your warranties
15.1. Agreement warranties.

You warrant that:

    • no one has induced you to enter into the agreement by any prior representations, warranties, or guarantees; and
    •  you are not breaching any other agreement by entering into the agreement.

15.2. Indemnity.

You indemnify us against any claim for damages by any third party resulting from a breach of your warranties, including all legal costs. Legal costs means the costs that a lawyer may recover from their client for their disbursements and professional services if permissible under applicable law.

16. Limitation of liability
16.1.Direct damages limited. We are only liable to you for any direct damages that the services may cause up to the total amount of fees that you have already paid us for them.

16.2. Indirect damages excluded.

We are not liable for any other damages or losses that the services may cause you.

16.3. Your default.

We are not liable for any damage or loss that your breach, misrepresentation, or mistake causes.

16.4. This clause is separate from the rest of the agreement and remains valid for five years after the end of the agreement.

17. Breach and termination
17.1. Breach.

If either party

    • does not fix a breach within seven days of receiving written notice from the other party;
    •  breaches the agreement materially twice or more in six months;
    •  is bankrupt or has some legal disability;
    •  takes steps to or is closed down (such as becoming insolvent or entering sequestration);
    •  makes any settlement or arrangement with their creditors; or
    •  fails to pay a court order against themselves for a significant amount within 21 days;
    • then the other party may:
      •  make the party comply with the agreement; or
      •  immediately cancel the agreement in writing and claim damages from the other party, including fees already due.

17.2. Suspension.

We may immediately suspend your right to use the services if:

    • you try to gain unauthorised access to them;
    •  we decide that your use poses a security threat to us or another user other than you;
    •  there is evidence of fraud on your account; or
    •  we believe you are using them for an illegal purpose or in way that infringes a third party’s rights.

18. Termination
18.1.

Termination for good cause. We may need to terminate the agreement immediately if:

    • we discontinue or stop providing the services;
    •  believe providing the services could burden or pose a risk to us;
    •  have to terminate to comply with a law; or
    •  determine that providing the services has become impractical.

If we need to terminate, we will give you as much notice as reasonably possible in writing.

18.2. Termination for convenience.

You may terminate the agreement or a specific order on at least 60 days written notice to us.

18.3. Duties on termination.

We will stop providing the services, you will no longer be able to access them, and we may erase your data on termination, cancellation, or expiry of the agreement.

19. Effect of termination
19.1. Acceleration.

All amounts due to us for the services become due and payable on termination, cancellation, or expiry of the agreement.

19.2. Assistance.

We may provide you with post termination assistance (such as data retrieval) subject to additional fees and conditions.

19.3. No expectation.

The agreement does not create any expectation of continued service, agreement renewal, or any further agreement between the parties.

20.           Region specifics (UK)

The clauses in this section will only apply to our recruitment services and where we agree to change the governing law from South Africa to the United Kingdom.

20.1.        Governing law.

The law of England and Wales govern this agreement.

20.2.        Mediation.

If negotiation fails, the parties must refer the dispute to mediation under LICA’s rules. LICA means the London Court of International Arbitration (or its successor or body nominated in writing by it in its stead).

20.3.        Arbitration.

If mediation fails, the parties must refer the dispute within 15 business days to arbitration (including any appeal against the arbitrator’s decision) under LICA’s latest rules for expedited arbitrations. The arbitration will be held in English in London. The parties will agree and appoint one arbitrator. If the parties cannot agree on the arbitrator within 10 business days after the referral, the Secretariat of LICA will appoint the arbitrator.

20.4.        Jurisdiction.

You consent to the jurisdiction of the lowest possible court for civil disputes in the United Kingdom in respect of any action or proceedings that we may bring against you in connection with the agreement, even if the action or proceedings would otherwise be beyond its jurisdiction without prejudice to our right to institute any action in any other court having jurisdiction.

21. General
21.1. Resolving disputes.

Either party may inform the other in writing if there is a dispute. The parties must first try to negotiate to end the dispute, then enter into mediation if negotiation fails, and finally go to arbitration if mediation fails. If they go to arbitration, they will agree in writing on a recognised and appropriate forum for arbitration that is accessible to both parties.

21.2. Notices and domicile.

The parties will send all notices to each others’ email addresses and choose their respective street addresses as their service addresses for all legal documents. Our email and street addresses are available on our website, while you provide your email and street addresses to us when concluding the agreement. The parties may change either address on 14 calendar days written notice to the other.

21.3. Beyond human control.

Neither party is responsible for breach of the agreement caused by circumstances beyond human control, but the other party may cancel the agreement on written notice to the other if the circumstances persist for more than 60 calendar days.

21.4. Assignment.

You may not assign the agreement to anyone. We may assign it to any successor or purchaser of our business or some of our assets.

21.5. Relationship.

The agreement does not create an employment relationship between the parties.

21.6. Entire agreement.

The agreement is the entire agreement between the parties on the subject.

21.7. Changes.

We will notify you of any changes to the agreement by email. Those changes will only apply to future services orders. If you do not agree with the changes, you must stop using the services. If you continue to use the services following notification of a change, the changed terms will apply to you and you will be deemed to have accepted them.

21.8. Waiver.

Any favour we may allow you will not affect any of our rights against you.

21.9. Severability.

Any term that is invalid, unenforceable, or illegal may be removed from the agreement without affecting the rest of it.


 

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