Free State to investigate website deal

The Free State provincial government is to investigate whether or not it got value for money in the redesign of its website, premier Ace Magashule has said.

Magashule said the provincial government would look at “whether we received value for money” after public outcry over the cost of the work, reported TimesLive.

Reports had surfaced the website redesign had cost ZAR140 million (US$15.4 million), though the Free State subsequently said the price was substantially lower and covered work on 38 provincial government sites.

Spokesman Mondli Mvambi said the work was part of the Free State’s multi-year integrated website project.

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

Mvambi said the project included 11 provincial department websites, three provincial public entities and 24 municipalities, with the total cost in the 2011/12 financial year reaching ZAR24 million (US$2.6 million). The cost for 2012/13, he said, would be similar.

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