Several government sites offline

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An error message comes up when attempting to access several government Web sites.
An error message comes up when attempting to access several government Web sites.

Attempts to access government Web sites proved futile this morning, as several of the sites failed to load.

Several ITWeb employees attempted to access different sites via the Google Chrome browser, but clicking through to the sites brought up a message that reads: "The requested URL could not be retrieved."

The Web sites that were inaccessible include the Presidency, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Communications, Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, SA News, Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Department of Basic Education, to name a few.

The government sites hosted by the State IT Agency (SITA) were not affected by the downtime.

Last month, SITA indicated it was engaging several departments to consolidate and host all government department Web sites within its own infrastructure.

According to SITA, this move is to centralise the information to make sure it is archived in a central place so that it doesn't fall in fragmented areas where it can be compromised easily.

Based on information from SITA, the IT agency currently hosts the Web sites of the Department of Public Service and Administration, Gauteng Department of Education, Department of Public Works, South African Council of Educators, Gauteng Provincial Disaster Management Centre, as well as Mpumalanga provincial government.

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