Four months to fix tenders

2012-07-27 00:00

IN an effort to ensure that Msunduzi Municipality receives an unqualified audit report, manager Mxolisi Nkosi has asked the council for four months to sort out all expired tender contracts.

They include one that has no expiry date, another that has been used by Msunduzi since its inception and others that have lapsed, but are still in use.

Nkosi told an executive committee meeting yesterday that if the tender contracts were not regularised they would contribute to council incurring irregular expenditure.

The report tabled before the council also requested that a supply chain bidding process be initiated urgently and be finalised within four months.

The Witness understands that there are contracts that have lapsed, but are still being used by Msunduzi, resulting in irregular expenditure being incurred by the city.

Nkosi said that it had been common practice in the past that contracts continued being utilised even after they had expired.

He said a number of contracts were identified as having lapsed.

“After four months we will know whether we still need the services of some of the expired contracts.”

He said contractors that were no longer needed but were still part of the system would be notified.

Nkosi said contracts which the city still needed will be extended by going to tender.

Some of these contracts had expired in the last four years.

One of the contracts did not even have AN expiry date, while another had been used by Msunduzi since its inception. and the audit findings concluded that it had not been done through competitive bidding, which was unfair to other contractors who might have had aN interest in doing business with the city.

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