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Hi Guys, WCBAA has received this letter and asked if we can notify everyone. please see letter below from Theewaterskloof sports club.

Newsletter n°34 - April 2014

NEW WATER SAFETY AND EMERGENCY NUMBER
The Department of Water Affairs has introduced a National Reporting System (called UPN) for emergency services and pollution related matters for inland waters.



This will replace the current emergency service number in operation at TSC. The new number is already in operation and will be launched and become into full operation as from Friday, 4 April 2014, and replace the TSC emergency number.
The new number is:
*120*34248#
When dialling this number you will receive a response that comes on your cell phone screen and states;
‘Welcome to Department Water Affairs. Please reply with an option;
1 SOS
2 ECO
3 Enforcement
4 ATON
5 Test the System'
For example: Select ‘1’ for life threatening emergencies instead of dialling the TSC emergency service number, as in the past.
Stick on pamphlets with these details are freely available from the entrance gate and office. The benefit of this system is that it is fully manned 24 hours and activates the whole emergency system including the SAPS, ambulance and our TSC emergency service.
At various strategic points around the dam notice boards will be erected displaying a map of the dam with grid reference numbers to assist rescue operations.
Regards
Theewater Sports Club
Nice to see USSD innovation like this.

Only problem is the system does not work on some phones like the first Nokia Lumia models so find an alternative and make sure you test the system on your phone first before going on the water.
Navrik Wrote:Nice to see USSD innovation like this.

Only problem is the system does not work on some phones like the first Nokia Lumia models so find an alternative and make sure you test the system on your phone first before going on the water.

I had the Lumia 900 which couldn't dial USSD from the normal dialing screen, but the "EM Dial" app came pre-installed and solved this issue.
Just tested the service on emDial on a Lumia 800 and it does not work. Neither does the Vodacom *111# service.
Works 100% from BlackBerry...
:eusa_whistle: I love my Samsung too Juba
Looks like I will be calling you Brenden if I have any hassles...
Nav, I am not so good at this heavy techno savvy stuff but I tried the elpt on the ussd and came up with a server#36 error from server 42 and that was with a normal phone. On a smart phone it rerouted the requested to a 64kHz repeater and sent an sms to my wifes phone saying refer to manual or call jim from Zim for advice!!
So should I be trying DLT or SKY connections?
Jim_From_Zim Wrote:Looks like I will be calling you Brenden if I have any hassles...

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hey you two funnies, it came from TWK im sure you both have that number Smile
It is al right Brenden....luckily my boat has an underwater mode.

Hope it still works :blue-badgrin:
Finally figured it out and remember why I stopped looking at emDial a long time ago. It is only supported on the MTN network.
Reading all this from the first message. Am I the only one who thinks this is actually a stupid idea? When I'm in an emergency, I want to call a number like 147 or even 911 when I'm in trouble. Now I have to figure out working with very old and slow technology (USSD was actually designed for old text based phones long before smart phones, phones with internet or WAP), hoping it would work and even worse, hoping my phone can do it. I could be dead just getting it to work in the first place.Clearly, some phones can't anymore. Even Microsoft (Nokia) already forgot about this technology, hehe.
Just a comment because you are dialling the whole USSD sequence of numbers and stars (*) and hashes (#) on a phone you can actually save the whole thing as a contact number as say Theewaters SOS.

That way in a emergency you just dial that contact and press 1 as soon as you get the menu back for SOS.