PCB rejects claims that its chairperson was awarded R1,2?bln contract

2013-08-27 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business has rejected claims that its chairperson Paris Dlamini was clinging to power and that he had been awarded a R1,2 billion fibre optic contract for the city.

The Sunday Tribune reported that Dlamini had been clinging to his position at the PCB, and that he had “brokered a deal”, worth R100 million a year for 12 years, to install and operate a fibre optic network.

“The CEO [Melanie Veness] has confirmed with city officials that no such tender has been awarded,” the PCB said in a statement yesterday.

Tribune editor Jovial Rantao said yesterday the newspaper stuck by its story.

“We have documents that show that the city has given the municipal manager the go-ahead to award the work to Duziwired,” said Rantao.

“It is disingenuous to suggest there is no deal. Our story points to the fact that this massive job has been ordered after normal and transparent processes were skirted.

“We have details of the deal in writing and Dlamini himself spoke to us about it,” said Rantao.

In its statement, the PCB said the delays in holding its AGM had no direct effect on whether Dlamini remained its president or not.

“His position is not up for re-election. The claims that the PCB president does not want to relinquish his position and that the CEO was campaigning for him to stay are mischievous and don’t make any sense at all,” the PCB said.

The PCB said its AGM scheduled for August 23 was postponed as there were insufficient members to represent the 25% quorum required in terms of the new Companies Act.

The AGM was rescheduled for today, at 5.30 pm at Chamber House, Pietermaritzburg. “The PCB intends taking legal advice and referring the matter to the Press Ombudsman, and we have advised our president to do the same,” the PCB statement said.

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