DA questions Tshwane bus fare collection contract

2015-08-28 15:15
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Pretoria - The Democratic Alliance has accused the City of Tshwane of not following procedure in awarding of a bus fare collection contract worth R15m.

During a council meeting on Thursday, DA councillor Zweli Khumalo said the contract awarded to Xtremetec Consortium Tshwane "raised a few questions".

Acting executive director of Tshwane's Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network, Clifford Malimabe, could not be reached for comment.

Transport and roads department officials made a presentation in November last year to find a service provider for the fare collection system, Khumalo said.

"They indicated that a service provider would be appointed by the end of January 2015. We are now in August 2015 and we are requested to approve a tender deviation for the contract. Furthermore, this contract will bind this municipality for a period exceeding three years."

Khumalo said that, by law, a contract exceeding R200 000 in value had to be brought before council for deliberation before it could be approved.

According to the Municipal Finance Management Act a public participation process has be followed for all appointments exceeding three years.

This had not been complied with, he said.

The 12-year contract was for the design, building, installation, operation and maintenance of an automated fare collection system for the Tshwane Rapid Transit and Tshwane bus services.

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