The Buffalo City Metro launched its new integrated website on Thursday at their ICT Operating Intelligence Centre in the city. The revamp came in response to a hack by Isis in June last year and is valued at R600 000.
BCM ICT Manager Jongikhaya Stuurman said the new website encompasses all elements needed for users to access basic services such as logging faults.
“It will provide constant communication and send out confirmation SMSs. It also doubles up as an app where officials will get notifications. Councillors will also receive an indication as well,” said Stuurman.
Executive Mayor Councillor, Xola Pakati said that an informed city makes informed decisions.
“We promised our residents a smart city during the State of the Metro Address. Now they will not need to come here and burden themselves,” said Pakati.
Stuurman also added that they will have more surveillance cameras rolled in areas such as Mdantsane for added security.
“The surveillance allows us to track number plates and also has facial recognition capabilities,” he said.
With this revamp, website users will be able to navigate the site easier and find information quicker.
“One can also pay their bills online. On the homepage, users will be able to immediately see tenders and vacancies when they go on the website,” said BCM Spokesman Samkelo Ngwenya.