Sisa Consulting speaks

2008-04-18 00:00

THE consultation company reportedly owned by the husband of Dr Busi Nyembezi, the former head of the Health Department, which is at the centre of a corruption controversy, have denied any wrongdoing.

Pedal Trading 175 (Pty) Ltd, also known as Sisa Consulting, have said recent reports in the media are false.

Sisa Business Development director Nomathemba Sithole said the company has been damaged by the events and reports surrounding the falling out of Health MEC Peggy Nkonyeni and Nyembezi.

“Sisa has been maligned, has had its reputation impugned, and has been subjected to [an] … inquiry, but prevented from receiving a copy of the … report,” said Sithole.

“Our only source … of the conclusions of the report has been snippets in the print media. No one here can make sense of it,” she said .

Sithole denied that Sisa was started by Nyembezi, or that Sisa was formerly known as Harambe.

“The driving force behind Sisa Consulting is myself and I got involved in the consultancy in response to a request by the MEC [Nkonyeni] … to make myself available as a caretaker of the office of Harambe should Dr Nyembezi agree to apply for the post of head of department.”

She said she did not know Nyembezi beforehand.

“When Dr Nyembezi contacted me in late 2005, we met to discuss how the Harambe infrastructure could be maintained should Harambe go into dormancy during the absence of Dr Nyembezi.”

Sithole said she was never asked to run Harambe, but was asked to take over the infrastructure and retain the staff.

Sithole said Nyembezi’s husband, whom she called only Mr Sibeko, works out of Harambe’s offices buying or forming new companies.

“Using a shelf company, Mr Sibeko arranged for Sisa to be utilised as the entity to contract services.”

Sithole added that the two Sisa partners are people of high ethical standards and that Sisa strictly follows legal processes for procuring work.

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