| Govt’s six-year-old ‘value saving’ tender web site has now been down for weeks

E-tenders: not available
  • Authorities’s e-tender web site has been down for weeks, with little element on why, or when it might be operational once more.
  • The web site was described as key to cost efficient and clear procurement – with the promise that cash saved may go to training and well being providers.
  • It turns six years previous this week.
  • A server crash brought on information corruption, Treasury mentioned – in March.
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A authorities web site as soon as described as a key step in the direction of broader e-procurement stays down, weeks after a server crash.

As of Wednesday the Treasury e-tenders site, at, continued to show a curt discover that it’s “experiencing some technical challenges”. Those that want to do enterprise with authorities are suggested to “to go to web sites of Organs of State for marketed bids”.

There are a number of hundred such organs of state, lots of which don’t function significantly purposeful web sites of their very own.

The positioning is meant to be a central repository for all tenders issued by nationwide, provincial, and native governments, in addition to state-owned enterprises.

At its launch, precisely six years in the past this week, Treasury mentioned the positioning would “directly contribute to reducing duplication, fragmentation and inefficiency in government tender publications.”

In its 2015/2016 annual report, the division went additional.

“The eTender [system] will enhance transparency and save prices for presidency. As these financial savings are realised, new sources may then be allotted for core public providers akin to training and well being,” it mentioned on the time.

The positioning stopped functioning in March, and was non-responsive for days earlier than it was changed by the discover that it was down.

“The ICT server infrastructure that hosts the eTender portal suffered a crash brought on by technical failures,” Treasury mentioned in response to questions from Enterprise Insider South Africa. “This resulted in information corruption resulting in unavailability of the positioning.”

“We’re unable to offer a set date, however the technical groups are engaged on different options.”

(Compiled by Phillip de Moist)

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