The eNaTIS, up and running since 12 April 2007, has surpassed a transaction rate of 12 transactions per second on the morning of 19 April 2007. The system's processing capacity was extensively increased during the night of 18 April by adding an additional powerful application server into the data centre located in Midrand.It's not true for two reasons: it doesn't mention the number of times the system has crashed, and it doesn't mention how many people have been turned away from licensing department offices.
The additional processing power almost doubles the processing capacity of the data centre. Further expansion will take place this afternoon when an additional database server will also be added.
Some 860 sites performed almost 890,000 transactions by 1 pm on Thursday 19 April 2007. At 10 am a transaction rate of 45,000 transactions per hour was measured, translating into a transaction rate of 12,5 transactions per second. It is expcted that the number of transactions during the first week of operation will surpass one million.
On Thursday 19th April I went to renew a license and transfer ownership of a vehicle. I was told that the system was only capable of doing license renewals if I arrived with a pre-printed form, and transfer of ownership transactions weren't working at all.
Even so, the queue was out the door, and the hall inside was full. Today I returned half an hour before closing and they weren't letting any more people inside. The hall was still full. So who is lying? It's obvious.
Perhaps if they spent less money on propaganda at www.enatis.com and sponsorship of the 2010 World Cup, and spent more time making a system that actually worked, we would be making progress. But since this whole operation is being run by the WaBenzi class of bureaucrats, that's hardly likely.
One wonders why they didn't have all the processing capacity in place before they went live, instead of making citizens return day after day in the hopes that they could pay their vehicle licenses. A press release by the Department of Transport explains what eNaTIS is, and promises minimum hassles, but then that what PR people always say. The system is run by Tasima in Midrand, so you can congratulate them there. After all, they are only 3 years behind their announced "live" date of the second quarter of 2004. I wonder how much more that the announced R311 million has been spent, and how much this is consting the economy in terms of delays and wasted time while people wait in queues.