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Transport Dept denies eNaTiS might collapse

EWN understands staff at the company managing eNaTiS, resigned to take up employment at the RTMC.

FILE: The Transport Department said eNaTiS is nowhere near collapse in light of its legal dispute with Tasima which operates the system. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Transport Department said the Electronic National Administration Traffic Information System (eNaTiS) is nowhere near collapse in light of its legal dispute with Tasima, which operates the system.

eNaTiS processes transactions such as vehicle licencing and driver's licences and stores the data.

Eyewitness News revealed this morning that the company which runs the traffic database has accused the department and the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) of unlawfully interfering in its business operations.

The department's Tiyani Rikhotso said the matter is still being finalised in the courts.

"The system is nowhere near collapse. The department has a disaster recovery centre where we're running 100 percent redundancy of what ever the service provider is doing on their side."

The company, Tasima, is in the process of transferring the system to the department, but disagreements of how this should be done have led to allegations of unlawful conduct and referrals to the High Court.

EWN understands that Tasima employees resigned en masse on Friday to take up employment at the RTMC, but Tasima Chief Executive, Denesh Naran, said an internal email was sent to staff on Friday stating that the immediate resignations were unlawful.

Naran accuses the cooperation of interfering with the company's business operations by trying to take over the system.

A Tasima employee who did not want to be identified said if all the resigned staff did not report for duty on Monday, eNaTiS could collapse and will have dire consequences for licensing departments across the country.

In several emails to staff over the past month, Naran said any attempt by the department or the RTMC to take control of their premises or evict Tasima would be unlawful and in contempt of court.

The issue of the transfer of eNaTiS is still before the courts and Tasima is still in possession of and still continues to operate the system.

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