City Power taken to court over R800m tender

2013-05-25 16:51

Numsa is taking Johannesburg City Power to court over a R800 million tender.

The Saturday Star reported the case would be heard by the High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA wants the court to force City Power to reveal records and documents that led to the awarding of a tender to manufacture solar water heater geysers to Tasol Solar Energy Solutions.

Numsa told the newspaper the company was itself importing the units from China when they could have been manufactured locally to support employment in the metal industry.

Numsa treasurer Mphumzi Maqungo accused City Power of failing to prioritise local companies when awarding the contract.

He said when the union asked City Power to disclose all the information regarding the awarding of the tender, it was given blank documents.

“We are not casting aspersions on City Power, but we want transparency. They have failed to share this information with us for the past 12 months,” he was quoted as saying.

City Power told the newspaper it was ready to defend itself in court.

City Power legal head Andrew Lishivha said accusations by the union were not true.

“With regard to the information on the scores obtained by companies which bid for the tender, we are unable to accede to Numsa’s request as it consists of confidential information that related to third parties,” he said.

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