SA companies registrar wants you … to use Internet Explorer

By   |  July 22, 2010

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:

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3 Responses to “SA companies registrar wants you … to use Internet Explorer”

  1. William
    July 22nd, 2010 @ 8:07 pm

    What about the IE8 advert at the top of Tectonic’s webpage? You seem to be advocating the use of IE8 too…

  2. Alastair Otter
    July 23rd, 2010 @ 6:21 am

    @William, The obvious difference is that it is an advert and not a condition for viewing the site.

  3. Thabo Mokete
    July 23rd, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    I have concluded that the S.A. Government is helplessly caught in the Microsoft cage, and is not about to come out, in spite of claims they make in policy documents.
    The people will have to do open source themselves, and as usual, the government is always lagging behind.

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