Former executive spills the beans on Trillian
ANOTHER former chief executive in the Trillian group has testified how‚ despite not having any employees or work experience‚ the company pitched for government business with the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) and billed Eskom R30-million for work it did not do.
Bianca Goodson‚ the CEO of Trillian Management Consulting‚ a subsidiary of Trillian, from January to April 2016‚ testified in the Public Enterprises committee’s in- quiry into state capture yesterday. She told the committee: “I was a spoke in a very big wheel. I don’t know what the rest of the wheel was doing‚ but I know what the spoke was doing.”
Goodson testified how‚ during her short stint at the company‚ she had realised she had been sold a lie when she joined the company.
“I believe I was blatantly lied to that Trillian would be a leading‚ black-owned‚ proudly South African management company.
“My opinion is that it was established simply to get 50% of revenues without do- ing much work.” Goodson said she had arrived at Trillian when contracts with Eskom and Transnet were already in place.
At the time‚ Trillian Management Consulting had only two employees, herself and a chief operating officer.
In her first month, she met the newly installed Cogta minister‚ Des van Rooyen.
She was asked to compile a presentation for the minister but‚ with just two employees‚ no work history and no real company profile‚ her presentation featured just six slides and was “so generic“. Yet the minister had seemed pleased‚ she said‚ and a few days later the company had started putting together a proposal to work with the department.
Goodson said the company had never contracted directly with state-owned entities; instead‚ it would be the supply development partner in agreements between one of the state-owned entities and a major consulting firm.
At Eskom‚ the partner was McKinsey‚ while for the Cogta proposal‚ the Dubai firm Oliver Wyman was involved.
In February 2016‚ Goodson saw an invoice from Trillian Management Consulting‚ ap- parently for drawing up a corporate plan for Eskom.
It totalled R30.6-million and had a covering letter‚ apparently written and signed by her.
But‚ she said‚ “we were just two employees at that time.
“We didn’t do billable work. When I saw that invoice‚ I had no idea what it was for”.
She resigned on March 19 2016 after having been asked to set up a Bank of Baroda account.
“I felt like they were asking me to do things that were not necessarily right,” she said yesterday.
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