Province gets new wheels

2016-04-20 06:00
THE premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, and MEC for Roads and Public Works in the province, Mxolisi Sokatcha, launched the fleet on Friday, 8 April. Photo: Supplied

THE premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, and MEC for Roads and Public Works in the province, Mxolisi Sokatcha, launched the fleet on Friday, 8 April. Photo: Supplied

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A TOTAL of 220 new vehicles were launched by the premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, on Friday, 8 April in an effort to bring service to the people.

The fleet will especially benefit people living in rural and remote areas in the province, as double-cab bakkies, 4x4s, Kombis and panelvans are amongst the acquired vehicles.

The new additions to the fleet are estimated to have cost R41 million and include a variety of vehicles, ranging from Polo Vivos, Ford Rangers singlecab bakkies, Toyota Hilux 4x2 vehicles, Nissan 4x2 vehicles and Ford Ranger double cab bakkies. These will serve as replacements for old vehicles and will benefit all 12 departments using the fleet.

The launch of the fleet heralds the beginning of the second cycle of fleet acquisitions, since all government vehicles have already reached their four-year lifespan.

Crystal Robertson, who is in charge of communication and marketing at the Department of Roads and Public Works, said the fleet entity’s model was based on cost recovery, but did not separate profit as a motive.

“Vehicles are bought from the RT 57, which is a national contract that makes provision for buying directly from the manufacturer at a reduced cost.

“This benefit is transferred by the Fleet Entity to the User Department in the form of lower rates charges.

“Unlike the practice in the private sector, the vehicle remains an asset of government and is disposed of at the end of its useful economic lifespan and the profits thereof are used to buy new vehicles,” she explained in a statement.

The fleet was launched in December 2011, when former premier of the province Hazel Jenkins handed over 155 of the first procurement of 750 cars to a value of R124 million.

The provincial fleet is an asset that was previously outsourced to Nyumbane Fleet Management, at a much higher rate, costing the province more money, which could have been used to perform other strategic functions.

Government cancelled the arrangement, because this was essential for service delivery, and because it was necessary for monitoring and maintenance.

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