Call for probe into mon­key busi­ness over ba­boon deal

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - HE­LEN BAM­FORD

THE PUB­LIC Pro­tec­tor has been asked to in­ves­ti­gate the award­ing of a R2 mil­lion, six-month con­tract for ba­boon mon­i­tor­ing ser­vices in the souther n Penin­sula.

City of Cape Town and CapeNa­ture of­fi­cials have been ac­cused of abus­ing their po­si­tions of trust in the Ba­boon Man­age­ment Team and of im­prop­erly manag­ing the bid­ding process.

Jenni Trethowan’s or­gan­i­sa­tion, Ba­boon Mat­ters, had been manag­ing the mon­i­tor­ing pro­gramme for more than a decade.

It was then side­lined by the city, which gave the con­tract to Dean Fer­reira of the Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion Cor­po­ra­tion.

But Fer­reira was told to lower his price be­cause his bid was so high he was go­ing to be dis­qual­i­fied

The com­plaint has been sent to the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor by Michael McMa­hon, a semire­tired busi­ness­man, and Cape of Good Hope SPCA head Al­lan Per­rins.

Stephen Granger, man­ager of strate­gic projects in the en­vi­ron­men­tal re­source man­age­ment depart­ment, said in a re­cent state­ment that two in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the city had found no proof of un­fair or cor­rupt prac­tice taint­ing the process.

Kgalalelo Ma­sibi spokesman for the Of­fice of the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor said the mat­ter was be­ing as­sessed to es­tab­lish whether it fell within the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor to in­ves­ti­gate.

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