SA companies registrar wants you … to use Internet Explorer
If you take the time to read the South African government’s free and open source software policy (PDF) you’ll find on page three the following commitment:
The South African Government will encourage the use of Open Content and Open Standards within South Africa.
So, if that is the case, then how come the Companies and Intellectual Properties Registration Office (CIPRO) demands that visitors use Internet Explorer when visiting the site? The site has this warning (in red):
“Customers must use Internet Explorer for any CIPRO transaction. To download it, click here.”
Why exactly users need Internet Explorer is not entirely clear because the site appears to still work even if you’re using another browser. There may well be sections of the site that don’t work unless you use Internet Explorer but they’re not immediately obvious.
You would think that having already spent R90 million of a planned R153 million on a new enterprise content management system CIPRO could at least have done something about browser compatibility so its website was in line with SA FOSS policy.
Of course, now that the tender has been annulled, any work that was done on improving CIPRO’s website is unlikely to be seen any time soon.
For the record this is a shot of the actual message: