The web website that companies want to make use of to register as important providers to proceed to commerce in the course of the upcoming lockdown has been experiencing downtime, simply hours earlier than the shutdown kicks in.Commerce and Business Minister Ebrahim Patel on Wednesday introduced that companies might apply to be recognised as important providers utilizing the Corporations and Mental Property Fee’s (CIPC) BizPortal web site (bizportal.gov.za), from Thursday. The lockdown kicks in on Thursday at midnight and can proceed till April 16, 2020. Any enterprise not deemed as a necessary service can’t commerce throughout this era. In accordance with laws gazetted by Cooperative Governance and Conventional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, important items and providers embody grocery shops, pharmacies, spaza outlets, and funeral providers, amongst others.Whereas the minister stated the portal could be accessible “in the beginning of enterprise buying and selling hours” on Thursday, this has not been the case for all customers.Some candidates have been experiencing issues at varied phases of the appliance course of, and the positioning has additionally been down at varied factors of the day.”The BizPortal web site is at the moment not accessible for the time being as a consequence of upkeep. Please examine again quickly,” a discover from the positioning learn simply earlier than 15:00. The method is supposed to be computerized, with profitable candidates with the ability to obtain their certification immediately from the positioning, however the portal seems to have been experiencing difficulties on this regard.The obtain characteristic for the certificates shall be made accessible in the end.— BizPortal (@BizPortalGovZa) March 26, 2020Some enterprise house owners aired their frustrations on Twitter on Thursday. One person Johan Viljoen recommended that the positioning cannot address the quantity of visitors on the positioning.I have been on the Bizportal web site a lot of the morning attempting to get the certificates in query. Retains crashing as a result of it could possibly’t address the visitors, and I have been ready for the promised e mail of the cert for hours. To make issues worse, the DIY obtain hyperlink would not work.— Johan Viljoen (@PrimeNumberJV) March 26, 2020One other Twitter person Evelyn Palani stated she couldn’t entry the positioning in any respect.I am nonetheless not capable of get onto the bizportal. Nonetheless an error message. Is it simply me or is the bizportal nonetheless down? Thanks— Evelyn Palani (@EvelynPalani) March 26, 2020Some customers have been getting error messages at totally different phases within the course of.I can not register the contact individual (2nd Web page) – That is the error: ERROR: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an occasion of an object. at BizPortal.essential_service_apply.btnContinuePerson_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)Anybody else having hassle?— Mandy♥ (@mandipret) March 26, 2020Whereas different customers complained about not with the ability to attain anybody on the CIPC to take care of their queries.It will be nice if Bizportal might reply peoples questions particularly seeing because the telephones usually are not working. What occurs in case you are not buying and selling from one handle and your employees must be in a number of addresses?????— Kelly Jamieson (@kljsk8ta) March 26, 2020In an announcement issued on Thursday, Gerhard Papenfus, chief government of the Nationwide Employers’ Affiliation of South Africa warned that due to the technical difficulties on the positioning, some companies won’t have the ability to get the required compliance certificates forward of the lockdown due to difficulties skilled within the utility course of.”The portal has not been useful at any stage and even when it may be accessed, firm registration numbers are mirrored as incorrect. “It’s completely mindboggling that authorities compels important providers companies to register on an internet site so as to proceed important providers required to maintain the nation afloat in the course of the lockdown, however doesn’t present an efficient mechanism for them to take action,” stated Papenfus.He famous that non-compliance with the lockdown laws are a prison offence, which might carry heavy penalties for some companies.CIPC official Ofentse Shakung instructed Fin24 earlier that companies would nonetheless have the ability to apply for his or her certification all through the lockdown interval.The Division of Commerce and Business (DTI), in the meantime, issued an announcement on Thursday afternoon indicating that as of 14:00, greater than 10 00zero corporations had efficiently registered as suppliers of important items and providers. “Most of those have been in meals provide, medical and pharmaceutical providers and transport providers. We are going to present additional replace on communication platforms as to the variety of registered companies in the course of the lockdown interval,” stated DTI spokesperson Sidwell Medupe.”The system is at the moment working with full performance. We ask that corporations be affected person via the registration course of, as there are massive volumes presently being skilled. “No corporations shall be prejudiced by any delay within the system. The service will proceed to run tomorrow and past and it’s not a requirement that corporations full registration earlier than the lockdown begins,” Medupe added.Medupe stated that corporations might problem letters to their staff, unbiased of the registration course of, which should be performed forward of the lockdown.The division has warned that solely corporations permitted by way of the lockdown course of shall be allowed to proceed working all through the interval.”Any misrepresentation of knowledge is a prison offence and shall be prosecuted. Already we’ve seen corporations promoting on-premise consumption of alcohol registering via the platform.”Different examples embody non-essential grooming for pets. We are going to advise these corporations that this isn’t permitted, and will take additional motion if required,” Medupe stated.