New government website ridiculed for ‘looking like an 8th grade IT project’

Web developers, look away now: DigiTech has been described as a platform for digital products and applications created by SMEs in South Africa. It was launched last week, with the aim of serving as an “app store” for locally developed businesses.

However, the project went down like a lead balloon – with critics comparing DigiTech to an “8th grade computing project”. Ouch…

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What’s wrong, we hear you ask? Well, pretty much everything, really. There are serious security issues for users and their private information, and navigating the site has proven to be both confusing AND infuriating. The list continues…

  • The registration page asks developers if they understand the Foreign Trade Law – a law that does not exist.
  • The identification numbers provided on the website are not secure and have been disclosed elsewhere.
  • User safety, therefore, has already been compromised.
  • Netflix show stranger things appears as one of the applications on the Marketplace page – it is intended to promote SA businesses.
  • There are no links to download the app or any additional technology information provided.
  • The website does not fulfill the function of an application store – due to its serious lack of skill in its design and construction.

DigiTech website compared to “8th grade project”

Solly Malatsi is the DA shadow minister for telecommunications and digital services. He blasted the site for its “extremely poor quality” and revealed that he would IMMEDIATELY submit questions to Parliament, with the aim of determining what DigiTech has cost the taxpayer.

“The website is of extremely poor quality and does not fulfill the function of an ‘app store’ at all. In fact, what’s embarrassing is simply a collection of embedded promotional YouTube videos. Sounds like an 8th grade computer project. »

“The DA will submit parliamentary questions to determine who was the developer of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Technology’s new Digitech website, how much will it cost, how much will it cost to maintain and upkeep the website.”

Solly Malatsi

We weren’t kidding about it stranger things trailer appearing on the site, by the way…

A trailer for ‘Stranger Things’ looks fitting while browsing DigiTech’s website, to be fair – Picture: Supplied

Edwin S. Wolfe