Spark! Terms of Use.

Our Content

Our content is mostly our own, and where there is a better substitute we have used the template and acknowledged the originator. This is what we have done with the occasional Gazelle’s template, such as those for Cash Acceleration Tactics and the Strategy 1-pager. Our great wish is to make some modest contribution to a better South African society by support SMEs as they drive our economy, and we are more than happy to have any business take what they want from the website. Except in private matters, we wholly subscribe to an open-source society, and ask only that if any artifact or template is downloaded, to in turn provide open access to it.

Blog Comments

Our blogs invite comments, and we make this commitment to you, anyone who is willing to stand by what they say (i.e. not use an alias or an avatar), will not have their comments removed. Free speech includes not only your right to speak, but the right of others to listen, and if we are wrong, we would like to be told so.

User Accounts

These are being phased out as we provide more and more access to our repository. We now share a google drive with the different people we work with, and if you have an important message you wish to send securely. Here is the spark public key and here is Ivan’s public key.

Changes to our Terms of Use

If we decide to change our Terms of Use, we will post those changes on this page.

What follows is our Privacy Policy, which seems somewhat vulgar with the over use of UPPERCASE. This is what is required, apparently.

Privacy Policy

THIS PRIVACY POLICY FORMS PART OF OUR WEBSITE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ANY TERM OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY, YOU MUST CEASE YOUR ACCESS OF THIS WEBSITE IMMEDIATELY. 1. Definitions The following words and phrases have these meanings in this document: 1.1. “Personal Information” is as defined in POPI. 1.2. “POPI” means the Protection of Personal Information Act currently in force in the Republic of South Africa. 1.3. “Process” in relation to Personal Information means to collect, organize, store, modify, retrieve, refer to, distribute, or erase, or otherwise as defined in POPI. 1.4. “Site” means Internet World Wide website at URL . 1.5. “You” or the “user” means any person who accesses this Site for any purpose. 2. Status and Amendments 2.1. We respect and recognize the importance of protecting your privacy. This privacy policy statement sets out our information gathering and dissemination practices in respect of the Site. 2.2. This Privacy Policy forms part of the Terms and Conditions of Use of this Site. If you do not agree with this Policy then you may not use this Site and are required to cease doing so immediately. 2.3. We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy at any time without notice. It is your duty to be aware of the current version of this Privacy Policy. Please refer to the last revision number and date at the top of this document. Continued use of the Site subsequent to any amendments having been effected constitutes your acceptance of the Privacy Policy as amended. 3. Collection and Processing of Personal Information 3.1. Where you submit Personal Information via the Site the following principles are observed in the handling of that information: 3.1.1. We will only collect Personal Information for a purpose consistent with the purpose for which it is required. The specific purpose for which information is collected will be apparent from the context in which it is requested. 3.1.2. We will only Process Personal Information in a manner that is adequate, relevant and not excessive in the context of the purpose for which it is processed. 3.1.3. Personal Information will only be processed for a purpose compatible with that for which it was collected, unless you have consented to an alternative purpose in writing or we are permitted by POPI or in terms of national legislation of general application. 3.1.4. We will not disclose any Personal Information relating to you to any third party unless your prior written agreement is obtained or we are required to do so by law. In this regard your attention is drawn to the Terms and Conditions for Learners. 3.1.5. We will destroy or delete any Personal Information that is no longer needed by us for the purpose it was initially collected, or subsequently processed. 3.2. Note that, as permitted by POPI, we may use Personal Information collected to compile profiles for statistical purposes. No information contained in the profiles or statistics will be able to be linked to any specific user. 4. Collection of anonymous data 4.1. We may use standard technology to collect information about the use of this Site, as per the standard Google Adwords methodology. 4.2. Cookies by themselves will not be used to personally identify users but we may use them to compile de-identified statistics relating to use of services offered or to provide us with feedback on the performance of this Site. 4.3. The following classes of information may be collected in respect of users : 4.3.1. The browser software used; 4.3.2. IP address; 4.3.3. Date and time of activities while visiting the Site; 4.3.4. URLs of internal pages visited; and 4.3.5. Referring websites, search engines and the like. 4.3. If you do not wish cookies to be employed to customise your interaction with this Site it is possible to alter the manner in which your browser handles cookies. Please note that, if this is done, certain services on this Site may not be available. 5. Security 5.1. We will take appropriate, reasonable technical and organizational measures as required by applicable law to protect the information submitted to or collected by this Site from loss, misuse, unauthorized disclosure, alteration or destruction. 6. Links to other Websites 6.1. We have no control over and accept no responsibility for the privacy practices of any third party websites to which hyperlinks may have been provided and we strongly recommend that you review the privacy policy of any website you visit before using it further. 7. Queries 7.1. If you have any queries about this Privacy Policy please contact us by emailing