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R140 million for government website
The Free State provincial government spent R140 million on its website, it was reported on Monday.
Free State director general Elzabe Rockman signed a three-year contract to redesign the website in 2011, the Sowetan newspaper reported.
She had reportedly disputed the amount, claiming it was actually R40-million.
The agreement was signed with businessman Tumi Ntsele, who reportedly holds tenders with several other provincial departments.
The Sowetan reported that the company was awarded the tender even though two other companies submitted significantly lower bids.
Etionee Bruwer, owner of web development company Jam Factory, told the newspaper the amount charged for the website was “ridiculous”.
“The company that is working on that site is probably making R3.5-million profit a month,” he said.
Bruwer said the most paid for a website was R12-million, by financial institutions which needed to protect sensitive information.
Ntsele told the newspaper opposition parties had an agenda against black businessmen and that the website’s cost was fair.
The government website, Free State Online, can be viewed here, but BE WARNED the site is SUPER SLOW, just like their service. It may not even load due to the number of server requests, caused no doubt by the increased traffic generated by news stories concerning its outrageously costly development.
Here’s a screenshot of the site’s main page:
The site was generated using WordPress 3.4.1, a FREE and outdated version of WordPress, with an inherently insecure Content Management System (CMS), making it vulnerable to attack.
According to TechCentral the website server appears to run on top of Linux, Apache and PHP, which are all FREE and open-source software packages.
Who is the Cherry on the Cake?
It appears that the cherry’s name is a prominent Free State businessman by the name of Tumi Ntsele. Read on…
According to the Sowetan, the companies tasked with building the site are Ikamva, Juggernaut and Cherry Online Designs. Cherry Online, registered in January 2007, is credited on the Free State government website as the developer, but the link points to a holding page from Internet service provider Afrihost.
Ntsele, a prominent Free State businessman, holds a controlling stake in Cherry Online. Born in the Free State town of Zastron, he studied at Vista University’s Bloemfontein campus. He is the executive chairman of the Letlaka Group, a media holding company that publishes a newspaper called The Weekly.
Letlaka Group also has a holding page in lieu of a website and last year Ntsele pledged R250 000 to a charitable foundation run by the Gupta family-controlled New Age newspaper.
Ntsele isn’t commenting on the reports. An assistant in his office refers TechCentral to the Free State government for comment. Neither Rockman nor premier Ace Magashule could be reached for comment on Monday afternoon.
The Sowetan reported that Ntsele’s company was awarded the tender even though two other companies submitted significantly lower bids.
The DA, which wants the website deal probed, says Magashule is “running a campaign to buy media influence and enriching his comrades in business at the same time”.
According to the party, the premier spent R12m on his own television channel last year. The contract for the channel, Hlasela TV, was also awarded to Ntsele. — (c) 2013 NewsCentral Media