Compass awaits nod

2013-12-02 00:00

A DURBAN waste company is waiting to meet the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department in order to sort out finer details relating to a three-year contract for the medical waste tender.

This comes after the Bid Appeal Tribunal upheld the appeal Compass Waste Services lodged with the Bid Appeal Tribunal.

The department awarded the medical waste tender to three companies for the province’s four regions in June.

Compass — who won part of the tender for one region — lodged an appeal with the Bid Appeal Tribunal, which ruled that Compass should provide the medical waste service in all four KZN regions because its prices were cheaper than those of other companies.

Compass managing director Ian du Randt said yesterday the department has already sent correspondence confirming the successful appeal made with the Bid Appeal Tribunal.

Du Randt said his company was now waiting to meet the department and also sign the service level agreement.

He made the statements after the appeal by his company caused an outcry last week.

The Witness reported last Thursday that two rival companies lodged an appeal with Finance MEC Ina Cronjé after the tribunal reversed the decision to award parts of the tender to Ecocycle Waste Solutions and Buhle Waste Solution in three regions.

This happened against the backdrop of the suspension of chief finance officer Mahlaka Ravhura and supply chain manager Andile Zondo.

It was also reported that the Competition Commission launched a probe into allegations made by Ecocycle that Compass was engaged in anti-competitive behaviour in the waste industry.

Recalling their appeal on the tender, Du Randt said his company had asked for the prices of the winning tenders and was provided full information by the department after it obtained a court order.

“The pricing information made it clear that Compass was much cheaper than Ecocycle and Buhle and should have scored the highest points for the tender in all four regions,” he said.

This, he said, was later confirmed by the judgment of the tribunal.

The tribunal’s recommendation that Compass be awarded the tender for all four regions was accepted by Cronjé.

Du Randt also dismissed claims by Ecocyle that the tribunal had afforded Compass’s attorneys two-and-a-half hours to make oral presentations, while denying the others a similar opportunity.

Du Randt insisted that Ecocycle’s complaints were without merit and they had failed to score enough points to win any part of the tender.

On the complaint investigated by the Competition Commission, he said Compass has responded to the commission’s request for certain information and was co-operating fully.

Health spokesperson Sam Mkhwanazi said yesterday he will follow up the matter with the relevant people today. Treasury have yet to respond to questions from The Witness.

• mayibongwe.maqhina@witness.co.za

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