I landed with a jolt at the official eNaTIS website, ears ringing with tales of 6 hour queues, threats of burning and violence, lost car sales amounting to billions, and an overwelming cry of “we told you so”. Even the Auditor-General said he’d warned the Transport Department in February that the installation of the eNaTIS system would be a disaster, but Minister Jeff (blue light convoy) Radebe appears to have mislaid the report (or it flew out of his cars window at 180km/h).
But here, at the epicentre of the hurricane, all was calm and serene. I was soothed by sentences such as,
“The eNaTIS user community has taken advantage of the fact that eNaTIS is now operating fast (sic) and that a 100% availability has been achieved since 8 May 2007.”
Paragraph headings that caught my attention said;
- Sustained good performance
- eNaTIS transactions surge
- One million transactions reached
Meanwhile, the muffled sounds of chanting, breaking glass, and burning could be heard from outside.
The newspaper headlines screamed;
- Parties want answers for eNaTIS failure. Independent Online.
- Give us answers on eNaTIS. Citizen.
- eNaTIS system keeps crashing. Sunday Times.
And the website calmly answered;
eNaTIS surpasses 12 transactions/second
Wow, are we describing the same system here? With the 4th database server being installed in less than 4 weeks, the developers are now blaming Telkom. I knew it was their fault all along. Or even better still, let’s blame Microsoft<spit>.
And then, the most interesting Paragraph Heading of all;
eNaTIS web site looking for journalists.
Is there a Spin Doctor in the house ?