Education dept overpaid on tender

2012-07-06 14:46

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Johannesburg - The Limpopo education department paid a service provider R2m a month more than what was originally tendered, six months before the department went bankrupt last year, The Star reported on Friday.

According to the report, Aurecon JV - a consulting engineer joint venture that was awarded an almost R100m project management unit contract in September 2010 - was paid more than it was entitled to between April and October last year.

The department reportedly outsourced its project management duties to Aurecon, in effect giving it control of school infrastructure contracts for three years.

The firm had the power to design, manage and implement projects in the province and help adjudicate and award tenders.

The Star reported that, according to documents it had seen, the department also extended Aurecon JV's three-year contract by six months.

Aurecon spokesperson Ronnie Khoza denied any wrongdoing by the company.

The Mail&Guardian reported that, according to a confidential affidavit by a Gobodo forensic auditor investigating on behalf of the Treasury, there was a "significant deviation" from the tender initially entered into with Aurecon JV.

The report is part of an investigation into alleged irregularities in textbook and other educational tenders in Limpopo.

Textbooks for some grades were delivered seven months late in the province, only after the NGO, Section 27, obtained a court order with a deadline forcing the government to act.
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