The controversial Free State Online website has been down for a large part of Tuesday (5 March 2013) – a day after the news broke that the provincial government spent million on this and related websites.
The Sowetan newspaper reported on Monday (4 March 2013) that the Free State provincial government spent R140 million on its website, running on the open source WordPress platform.
The Free State provincial government hit back, explaining that a total of 38 websites, and not only one, form part of the Free State’s multi-year integrated website project.
Spokesman Mondli Mvambi said that the total project of 38 websites would cost R24 million in the 2011/2012 finance year, and would cost R23.8 million in the 2012/13 finance year.
Since the news emerged, it has been challenging to access the Free State Online website, which is experiencing very slow loading times. The website was completely down for a large part of Tuesday.
MyBroadband tried to contact Cherry Online Design – the company behind the design of the Free State Online website – for feedback about the website problems; however, the company’s phone lines were engaged.
When contacted on Monday, the company said it would not answer questions about the website, saying that all questions should be directed at the Free State provincial government.