MEC cancels R300m ten­ders

Sunday World - - News - AUBREY MOTHOMBENI moth­ombe­nia@sun­day­world.co.za

TWO Lim­popo MECs are al­legedly em­broiled in a ten­der war af­ter they were moved to dif­fer­ent port­fo­lios dur­ing pre­mier Stan Matha­batha’s re­cent cab­i­net reshuf­fle.

At the cen­tre of the row is be­lieved to be the de­ci­sion taken by the new MEC for trans­port and com­mu­nity safety Nandi Ndalane to sus­pend all ten­ders and con­tracts en­gi­neered by her pre­de­ces­sor and now agri­cul­ture MEC Ma­pula Mok­aba-Phuk­wana.

Ndalane sent a di­rec­tive to all se­nior of­fi­cials in her de­part­ment, in­clud­ing the CEO of paras­tatal Gate­way Air­port Author­ity Lim­ited (Gaal) to can­cel ten­ders worth more than R300-mil­lion.

Gaal, which is also re­spon­si­ble for the day-to-day op­er­a­tions and man­age­ment of Polok­wane Air­port, can­celled three ten­ders worth R150mil­lion for se­cu­rity, clean­ing and gar­den­ing ser­vices af­ter the in­struc­tion.

Ndalane’s spokesman Joshua Kwapa said the MEC took the de­ci­sion to can­cel the con­tracts in or­der to fa­mil­iarise her­self with the work of the new de­part­ment.

The MEC in­structed that she be briefed on all mat­ters at Gaal and the two de­part­ments [trans­port and com­mu­nity safety] on mat­ters of gov­er­nance, pro­cure­ment, ser­vice de­liv­ery and many other ad­min­is­tra­tive im­per­a­tives.

While this process is un­der way the MEC re­quested that pro­cure­ment mat­ters not only at Gaal but of the two de­part­ments un­der her port­fo­lio be halted un­til she is fully briefed and brought on board,” he said.

The MEC has fur­ther ad­vised that this process must be done with speed in or­der not to af­fect ser­vice de­liv­ery tar­gets and so on. As soon as this process is com­plete, all pro­cesses shall con­tinue with­out hin­drance,” said Kwapa.

He said Ndalane and Mok­abaPhuk­wana met and dis­cussed a han­dover.

MEC Ndalane will build on the foun­da­tion laid by Mok­abaPhuk­wana and en­sure that she de­liv­ers on her new port­fo­lio to the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple of Lim­popo,” he said.

Mok­aba-Phuk­wana con­firmed that she was aware of the de­ci­sion taken by her suc­ces­sor to can­cel ten­ders and con­tracts which were al­ready awarded.

She said she was wor­ried the de­ci­sion would af­fect ser­vice de­liv­ery.

I am afraid that could lead to de­lays and re­ver­sal of un­spent bud­get to Trea­sury at the ex­pense of much-needed ser­vice de­liv­ery. The mat­ter could lead to an ad­verse re­port from the au­di­tor-gen­eral.”

Mok­aba-Phuk­wana said she had no hard feel­ings about Ndalane’s de­ci­sion, adding that: I sus­pect that her de­ci­sion was in­formed by some se­nior of­fi­cials in the de­part­ment who are and were op­posed to be deal­ing with … cor­rup­tion in the de­part­ment.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tions led to six se­nior man­agers, in­clud­ing the CFO, sus­pended and charged with fraud and cor­rup­tion.

Two re­signed af­ter re­al­is­ing that the de­part­ment has a strong case against them. Three were found guilty and their ser­vices ter­mi­nated. The re­main­ing case is at its fi­nal stages and the DC out­come is ex­pected soon.”

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