Zimbabwe ICT Minister Nelson Chamisa launches website

So the honorable minister has finally launched his own website as is becoming the trend with many ministers. It a very responsive website,  so you access it from almost any device. It was “Designed and Developed” by Kreative Republic a local web development company.

However, the use of a joomla template for a Zimbabwean ICT Ministers’ website doesn’t have a ring to it. Now i am not sure if the minister is aware that his website in not Proudly Zimbabwean, If it starts from the top no wonder why we are not breeding tried and tested web designers and developers in Zimbabwe. This template/website was designed and developed by Rocket Themes in the US and you can view the demo here. I know we will get a lot of negative feedback from companies and individuals  whose sole business is downloading templates from the internet and customizing them only to call themselves web designers and developers. There is no problem in customizing templates but to take credit for it is something else, read our article on open source licenses for more information on this.

I think it is time we did some serious introspection and come up with solutions that are home grown.

Congratulations to the minister for his website. You can visit the website at www.nelsonchamisa.com

What do you think? Give us your feedback!


8 comments
Gugulethu Mabuza
Gugulethu Mabuza

It is my very first time on your site. I followed the link so I can see the ICT Ministers websites... so I took a minute to read the article... hahaha. Ridiculousness. And I am really not saying this to be condescending. I was left very confused as to the point of your argument? Your statement "However, the use of a joomla template for a Zimbabwean ICT Ministers’ website doesn’t have a ring to it" is..... well....shallow. Even for you to spend time researching the theme and writing about it... is questionable. I am not one of those business you mention, and I aint mad about your statement... but rather shocked that this (downloading templates) is something people are arguing about in 2013.. really?? You believe we don't have developers in Zim because they are downloading templates?? Makes no sense. People SHOULD download and customize templates, that is what a GOOD developer does. There is no pride in going around beating your chest because you know how to write HTML+CSS, come on... a grade 5 can do that. A professional developer leverages code - template, CMS's, frameworks to combine them intelligently to create a web application. Anyone that wants to write code from scratch should be hit on the head... very hard. You used PHP or other to build this website... heck u used HTML and JS and CSS... all products that where pre built for you to CUSTOMIZE... Joomla is another product (higher level) for you to CUSTOMIZE.. so I am not to sure how far back your argument stretches Should we start building our own programming languages. Ridiculous. :) But dude, I say this with love and no disrespect, (the tone in written comments sometimes don't come out the way i intend.. which is really light hearted). You and I should have a beer and dissect this

foreignObserver
foreignObserver

Its refreshing to see people who just download templates but call themselves web designers getting a bit of criticism for once. Good job!

Tawanda Victor Mashava
Tawanda Victor Mashava

Thank you for saying it the way it is, there is no point in taking a longer way i n doing that which can be done easily, maube Creative Loop guys would first want to define design and development in terms of the internet, we cant start everuthing from scratch, but we need to improve on that which already exists

Creative Loop Zimbabwe
Creative Loop Zimbabwe

Thanks Gugulethu for the feedback. Let me clarify the point of my argument for you: 1. Let me make it clear that i do not have anything against people downloading templates, my issue in this case is when a Company downloads a template and credit themselves in this case they say brand, site and development by 'name of company'. When it's well known that all the code in the theme is distributed under the GPL 2.0 License which states that you can do whatever you want as long as you disclose the source and they went further to use the site files like images which is also against a clause in the Rocket theme proprietary Use License which states that "You cannot distribute the files as your own or include them in a package without prior consent of Rocket Themes". 2, I don't agree with your definition of a good developer. My definition would be A good developer takes advantage of the tools that are around to get the job done quick eg the use of boilerplates, frameworks etc and i didn't mention anything against writing code from scratch although those skills should be available when need be. 3, My bone of contention is with that fact that as a nation is a downloaded joomla template the best we can do for our ICT Ministers website?, are we saying that we don't have our own good designers and developers to come up with a work that is proudly Zimbabwean even if we are leveraging a CMS' The goal of this blog is to encourage fellow creatives to create things of note by creating a platform were we get to talk about the real issues. Thanks for you feedback, i might take you up on that beer, lol!

Creative Loop Zimbabwe
Creative Loop Zimbabwe

I will go a step further and actually tell you that if you know wordpress you will find out that the 2013theme isn't even available yet and wordpress do not name their themes in that format the theme will be Twentythirteen Theme.

Creative Loop Zimbabwe
Creative Loop Zimbabwe

Dude, lol that's the name we named our folder in case prying eyes like you jump into the source code. This site is raw code from photoshop to wordpress my friend.

Clayton Majona
Clayton Majona

Theres nothing wrong with using themes bought from other people but there is everything wrong by no crediting the designer and developers and passing the work as you own "Brand and Site Designed & Development by Kreative Republic" that should read different maybe "Mantained by ...."

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