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The online search giant Google and its services suffered an outage on Wednesday night.

The service monitoring platform Downdetector shows that the outage was first reported just before 19:30 on Wednesday evening, in Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban. YouTube, Gmail and other Google services were also affected. By 20:00, the Google sites were restored.

The outage seems to be specific to South Africa.

Earlier on Wednesday, some South African Netflix users also reported being unable to access the streaming service, Downdetector shows.

Google last suffered a global outage in mid-December, which lasted for an hour. YouTube, Gmail, Google Drive and other Google services were affected.

The outage was caused by a failure in the company’s authentication tools, The Guardian reported at the time. The tools manage how users log in to services run by both Google and third-party developers.

On Wednesday evening, South Africans expressed their frustration about the Google outage on social media:

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