S Su­dan woes rise

Pretoria News Weekend - - WORLD -

NAIROBI: South Su­dan can no longer is­sue pass­ports af­ter its Ger­man tech­nol­ogy provider shut down its sys­tem be­cause the coun­try failed to pay its bills, the govern­ment said.

The pass­ports and na­tional iden­ti­fi­ca­tion server was blocked by its host, Muhlbauer, af­ter it did not pay an an­nual soft­ware li­cense fee of about $500 000 (R6.9 mil­lion).

Deputy Fi­nance Min­is­ter Mou Am­brose Thiik said the govern­ment would make the pay­ment early next week.

“We are work­ing on it,” he said. – Reuters

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