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Government pays company R140 million to design this Free State website [pic]
Posted by on Mar 5th, 2013

And in other blatantly dodgy government news…the Free State government has paid a web design company R140 million to design its website. A website that runs on a WordPress theme that costs just $40. The Sowetan reported yesterday that Premier Magashule awarded a 3 year contract to businessman Tumi Ntsele to build the most expensive website in the history of South Africa. The company was awarded the tender even though two other companies submitted significantly lower bids.

Oh and what does this R140 million website look like. Is it state of the art, can it make coffee or make you poo gold just by clicking on it?

Nope. It is run of the mill WordPress themed and has only featured 5 new articles in the past 3 months.

R140 million website

Oh and the company responsible for creating the website, Cherry Online Design, doesn’t even have it’s own website. Awarded a R140 million contract and doesn’t bother to spend a cent on making it’s own website.

cherry online design

Sorry i can’t hear you over how corrupt this sh*t is.

The Democratic Alliance yesterday released the following statement asking for an investigation.

“The DA has asked the Auditor General to investigate Premier Ace Magashule’s abuse of R140 million for a Free State government website.

This follows a Sowetan exposé that Premier Magashule awarded a contract to businessman Tumi Ntsele to build the most expensive website in the history of South Africa.

The channelling of millions of public funds into propaganda projects is bigger than just this website, the DA recently revealed.

Premier Magashule is running a campaign to buy media influence and enriching his comrades in business at the same time.

The DA recently revealed how Premier Magashule spent R12 million on his own television channel in the last financial year.

The contract for Hlasela TV was awarded to the same person as the website tender, Mr Ntsele, a politically-connected businessman.

Mr Ntsele’s Letlaka Group also runs The Weekly newspaper which has long been propped up by Free State government funding, just like the New Age.

The DA previously revealed that the Premier’s Office is planning to roll-out a further 3 new propaganda newspapers in the Free State using public funds.

It is unacceptable that public funds are being used to prop up the image of a failing Premier while basic service delivery collapses in the Free State.

The DA will continue to campaign for the cancellation of these propaganda projects and for all irregularities to be investigated.”

Seriously…R140 million for a website. That’s just taking the piss now isn’t it.

Rob says:
March 03, 2013 at 8:57 am

This is disappointing to read. Since this story broke, there have been many updates, none of which you have included in your post. Why?

The amount budgeted for the project is R40m with only R14m spent so far. The project includes the generation, development, review of content, content generation, content management and maintenance for 11 provincial dept. websites, 3 provincial public entity websites and 24 municipality websites; plus social media management for each. In addition the project includes sharing content via community radios.

With all of those facts available, why not include them in your post? Probably because it’s just not as sensational.

Kamiel says:
March 03, 2013 at 8:57 am

Even with all of that, R140 Million is WAAAAY too much. You’d be lucky to earn 500 grand for that work.

Rob says:
March 03, 2013 at 8:57 am

It’s R14m spent, not R140m.

Emmanuel says:
March 03, 2013 at 8:57 am

Rob stop talking rubbish this is a day light robbery what this Free State leaders are doing but somebody is going to reap big time>

Windsor says:
March 03, 2013 at 8:57 am

Amazing Rob, I have a question ….. With all the content and technical report …. Has the premiers office done the correct market research to warrant this ….. The ratio of computers to households in the free state black communities whom this is intended to primarily serve is ?????? …. The skills to being able to use the facility is ????? The number if Internet cafes in the FS is ??? Moreover ….. 14 million is still two million more than the most expensive and secure financial institutions site …. I know Tumi, he started his rip off campaign since the days of Bloemwater …. And his failed night club in Bloem, him and the Premier go back many years ….. Shut the f*%#¥ up if you don’t know shit in other words!

March 03, 2013 at 8:57 am

Does the website sell advertising space ?

Mmmmm …

Strange things keep happening in this country …

Lilly says:
March 03, 2013 at 8:57 am

Ok Rob we hear you….. only R14m spent, but what research was made to support this supposed need?

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