Lions go ‘offline’ in financial dispute

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news, Lions on 3 Sep 2009 at 10:08

The Golden Lions Rugby Union moved swiftly to dispel suggestions that they are in financial trouble, after their website was shut down, allegedly due to non payment of the account.

In a statement the GLRU said the union’s website was “hijacked” by the service provider, after the latter’s services were terminated, and that the union was not in any financial trouble.

On Tuesday a GLRU website was offline, with a message stating: “This site has been suspended due to non payment.”

However, the union denied that they are in arrears.

In fact the union slammed the service provider for the manner in which they handled the entire saga.

“On Monday, August 31, the GLRU gave their service provider, MacMobile, notice that their services would be terminated, and the manner in which this has been dealt with is unacceptable,” the GLRU statement said.

“The GLRU have always paid their invoices within seven days from the date the invoice is received, and the latest invoice, in the amount of R21 672.34, which is outstanding, was only received on Tuesday, 25 August 2009, and is for services rendered during August 2009. There are no other outstanding invoices.

“The Union is currently working on the situation, and will have the website reinstated within the next few hours.

“The GLRU would like to emphasize that this situation does not indicate financial problem in the union, but more a situation of a service provider hijacking the system after their services were terminated.

“A very damaging message has been sent out, which will now be addressed in the appropriate forum. We have handed the matter over to our attorneys.

“As per our attorney, Johan van Gaalen at Van Gaalen Attorneys, organisations should avoid similar situations by registering all domain names under the name of the organisation and to ensure that up to date copies of all web pages and databases at service providers are retained within the organisation to ensure business continuity.”

This article is courtesy of Rugby365.com


  • This union is an embarrasment!! 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.09.09 10:10:39 by wpw Reply
  • R21 672.34….. WTF? Are they hosting an ecommerce web ticketing / banking system ?

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.09.09 10:16:08 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 2) : Thaaaaats what I was thinking.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.09.09 10:22:29 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 3) : No wonder they are in deep shit….if you paying that for a web service.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.09.09 10:26:58 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 4) : and no wonder they “terminated” the service 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.09.09 10:48:40 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 5) : Indeed. I suspect its probably a frined of a friend doing the work. 👿

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.09.09 10:52:03 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 6) : Yeah!

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.09.09 10:53:15 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark

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