Software Development Large Projects
Project Name: Government of Lesotho e-Portal – Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology
The Government of Lesotho in May 2014 embarked on the implementation of the Lesotho eGovernment Infrastructure project, which aims at the enhancement of good governance by the deployment of a modern and secure e-government broadband infrastructure. The project focuses on the utilization of ICT on governance frameworks that underpin the effectiveness of public sector.
The project further aims to develop institutions and processes that allow the private sector to provide and the people to partake of the benefits of newer technologies. The outcome of the project will include improved internal workings of the public sector leading to reduced financial costs and transaction times; better integrated work flows and processes that would enable effective resource utilization across ministries and various public sector agencies.
The key objective of the project:
- enhance coordination across ministries, key agencies and local governments;
- strengthen existing Government data centres and portals and
- improve provision of e-services for state building such as automated administrative services including e-payroll, civil registration, e-health, e-procurement, e-customs etc.
To achieve the set out project objectives, the government of Lesotho through the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology engaged Computer Business Solutions in 2017 to develop and implement the Lesotho Government ePortal. The Government e-Portal has three major components:
- Lesotho Government Website (gov.ls) – The website serves as a main gateway to the government Ministries websites and eservices. Additionally, the website provides a platform where government communicates to the public.
- Civil Servants Intranet – The intranet is an internal collaboration platform where the Government Ministries and Department officers share information and documents securely over the Government Network.
- Government Services – Under the project, CBS has developed 19 eServices for the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture (MTEC). The eServices include the services to apply for and renew Accommodation licences, Catering licences and many more. The MTEC eServices can be accessed on the following link – http://tourism.ecitizen.gov.ls/ .In addition, CBS develop Labour Management eService http://labour.ecitizen.gov.ls/ . The Service allows member of the public that are looking for Job to search the Ministry employment database for available job openings and also register their CVs on the eService database to get notifications when there is a job that meets their qualifications. The Labour eService does not only provides job search opportunity to the professionals but covers the whole employment sector including non-formal sector.
Project Name: Development, implementation and training for Livestock Registration, Marking and Information System – Ministry of Home Affairs.
Livestock Registration, Marking and Information System (LRMIS) is an information system, used by Ministry of Home Affairs, Livestock Department, Lesotho (MOHA). The objective of the LRMIS is to secure livestock ownership, production and making through the setting up of a modern livestock registration and marking system. The system offers the Ministry with ways of viewing total livestock owners in Lesotho, Total Livestock in Lesotho and to track the origin and ownership of livestock through marking. Furthermore, the system also provides means of categorizing Livestock owners into Owner individuals, Institutions and Traders. The system uses biometric fingerprint identification to map livestock owners to their animals. LRMIS is operated in all the ten districts of Lesotho. To-date 100,000 livestock owners and 1,500,000 livestock have been registered into the system.
Since the introduction of the system, more than 200 new jobs have been created for data clerk officers and supervisors.
Project Name: Development, Implementation and Training – Marketing Management Information system for the Ministry Of Small Business, Cooperatives and Marketing
Marketing Management Information System (MMIS) is an agricultural web application system developed by CBS in 2015 for the Ministry of Trade in the department of marketing. The system’s main aim is market data collection (Commodity prices collection) across all districts of Lesotho. The price data is available online for the formers to consume. Farmers that he been registered into the system are able to get automated price notification on their mobile phone for the agricultural products of their interest. The system helps the former to be more competitive in their markets. The farmers can know products demand across the country.
Brief system functionalities:
- Register Commodities
- Module for general public to register their mobile numbers and details
- Capture Commodity Prices per district
- Disseminate commodity Prices via bulk SMS
- Produce statistical market data reports
Project Name: Development, Implementation and Training for the Construction Permit Automation System – Maseru City Council
Computer Business Solutions in partnership with Web Masters Kenya implemented a Construction Permit Automation System for Maseru City Council. The main objective of the project was to develop a system where Lesotho architects can apply for construction permits online and track/monitor the application progress while also receiving notifications on the application status via SMS or EMAIL. The notifications are either about corrections that the architects may need to make during evaluation of his/her application or simply progress notifications (e.g. Applications moving to a certain stage). The system can be accessed on http://www.mcc-cp.org.ls/.
Brief system functionalities:
- Systems allows architects to make application for construction permit on behalf of their clients
- System allows reviewers to comment on submitted applications
- System allows Attachments online of all required documents for construction permit application (e. g Lease, Block Plans, Structural Drawings).
- System has an embedded timed workflow process through which the application goes through all stages until permit issuance
- The system has an automatic SMS and E-Mail notification module which alerts the architects on the status of their application ( e. g Approved, rejected, needs corrections, stage passed)
- The system also provides automatic invoices related to applications (Application billing)
- They system allow architects to pay online
- The permit ultimately issues construction permits to clients after all the examination of the applications has been completed.
Project Name: Government of Lesotho Old Age Pension Payroll System – Ministry of Finance
Old Age Pensions benefit is a social assistance program in Lesotho that target Senior Citizens from 70 years of Age. In 2009 CBS implemented Old Age Pension Payroll system to administer Funds disbursements to the old age. Currently the system pays three benefits: Old Age Pensions (OAP), African Pioneer Corps (APC), and Lesotho Liberation Army (LLA) payments. The OAP benefit has at least 80,000 beneficiaries (electronic records), APC has at least 2,000 and LLA has at least 1,500 beneficiaries. New Beneficiaries are captured into the system every day and non-qualifying beneficiaries are detected and stopped using the robust business intelligence built onto the system. On a monthly basis, a payroll is run and dispatch lists are generated that are used to pay beneficiaries at different pay-points across the country. CBS has trained system users and continues to support the system.