R48m for 38 websites – Free State government

2013-03-05 13:17

A total of 38 websites, and not only one, form part of the Free State’s multiyear integrated website project, the provincial government has said.

“In total, 38 re-engineered websites form part of this project, including the provincial government’s use of social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter,” said spokesperson Mondli Mvambi.

The project included websites for the 11 provincial departments, three provincial public entities and 24 municipalities.

Mvambi was reacting to reports that the Free State government was paying R40 million for the development of a government website.

He said the total project of 38 websites cost R24 million in the 2011/12 finance year, and would cost R23.8 million in the 2012/13 finance year.

Since the start of the project in 2011, the Free State premier’s department had financed about R14.8 million of the project. This formed part of the R23.8 million budgeted for in the 2012/13 book year.

This expenditure had been audited by the office of the Auditor-General, said Mvambi. “The premier’s department obtained an unqualified audit, also known as a clean audit, for the 2011/12 financial year.”

The state information and technology agency (Sita) was responsible for the hosting and security of the websites in the project.

The consortium of Cherry-Online-Ikamva-Jugganaut, in association with various community radio stations, had been appointed to deal with design, research, content development and generation in the first phase of the project.

The second phase would bring community radio stations on board with continuous content development, and updating and broadcasting of news and activities.

The three-year tender award was published in the provincial tender bulletin of February 24 2012.

Mvambi said the project had experienced two major setbacks.

The Sita servers crashed in October and again two weeks ago, resulting in the loss of a lot of information. The project involved 20 000 approved documents.

Mvambi said the project was now in the final phase, involving a review of the websites of the 24 municipalities.

The province said the Free State government and municipalities’ online presence was fragmented, outdated and cluttered with irrelevant information before 2011.

The project was aimed at not only improving this, but at addressing legislative and regulatory compliance aspects of departments, entities and municipalities.

Mvambi said provincial departments and entities had to comply with Treasury instructions on the information to be posted on a website.

Municipalities also had to comply with legislative prescripts in the Municipal Finance Management Act about the running of a website.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.