That R140m Free State site in full

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Remember the R140m website commissioned for the Free State government that was exposed as a $40 WordPress template by the Sowetan? ITWeb haven’t forgotten it, and followed up the initial report by requesting a copy of the tender under the Promotion of Access to Information Act.

There’s a great write up of what they found, including provision for 12 years of work on development and R14.2m in travel costs.

During the design phase, software from the Adobe suite was set to be used, while the database, to be set up during development and creation, would be created using Microsoft SQL. Software such as ASP.NET, PHP and DHTML was set to be used during Web development, and no mention of WordPress is made at all.

Great stuff. Naturally the actual website – – has been down since the original story broke.

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.