EduSolutions wins Gauteng contract

2013-06-02 20:37
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Johannesburg - The Gauteng education department has awarded EducSolutions a multi-million rand contract to provide textbooks and other learning material in the province, the Sunday Independent reported.

The company has been blamed for the non-delivery of textbooks in Limpopo and for leaving pupils without textbooks across the province.

The newspaper reported that EducSolutions would pocket part of the R155m set aside for the delivery of textbooks and other material to 190 schools.

According to the Sunday Independent, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela would finalise her investigation of the company next month.

The Limpopo contract, for which EducSolutions was paid more than R404m between December 2010 and March, was reportedly terminated last June after a series of bungles.

Asked for comment, departmental spokesperson Charles Phahlane told the newspaper: "How do you arrive at the conclusion that our contract is similar to Limpopo's?"

He said EducSolutions was awarded the Gauteng contract from April 2009 to March 2011, and this was extended because of good performance.

Moosa Ntimba, chief financial officer of EducSolutions' parent company African Access, told the Sunday Independent there had been an open tender.

"We believe that this award vindicates our stand that we're competent and competitive," he told the newspaper.

Ntimba said EducSolutions was contesting the termination of its contract in Limpopo through legal means, but welcomed "any probe by a competent organ of state".

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