UDM calls for intervention in E Cape
Johannesburg - The Eastern Cape public works department should intervene in a decision by the province's education department to collapse a number of proposed school construction tenders into one, the UDM said on Monday.
"We find it worrisome that the department of public works... appears to have been sidelined by the department of basic education in this project," United Democratic Movement spokesperson Lennox Gaehler said.
He called on public works to use the Independent Development Trust to protect emerging contractors, who did not have the capacity to compete for such a large tender.
Emerging contractors would be relegated to being sub-contractors if the decision was not reviewed, Gaehler said.
The UDM supported a petition by the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce to President Jacob Zuma, asking him to intervene in the matter, Gaehler said.
The Eastern Cape education department could not immediately be reached for comment.
Public works in the province said it would comment later.