Allegations, nothing more

2012-07-21 12:07

Ronnie Khoza
Head of offices for Aurecon SA

The article “Education looted as kids go without” (City Press, June 3 2012) is based on allegations.

It contains damning allegations concerning Aurecon Joint Venture’s (JV) supposed involvement in corrupt tender and procurement practices in Limpopo.

The allegations, none of which were ever tested formally with us, are apparently based on the initial findings of a forensic ­report that we haven’t yet seen or even know for certain exists.

It therefore makes it difficult for us to respond to these allegations in detail, but I can ­assure City Press readers that they are patently wrong.

The following allegations are factually incorrect:

» “It was allegedly paid up to R150 million . . .” – the total amount paid to Aurecon JV since September 2010 is R37 million;

» “. . . dished out highly inflated tenders and double-paid suppliers.” Aurecon JV, in its role as programme manager, is helping the department only in an advisory and monitoring capacity;

» “. . . Aurecon won the contract even though it was the most expensive bidder.” Since Aurecon was not involved in the adjudication process, it can’t comment on the procurement decisions taken by the ministry; and

» “. . . the database of contractors Aurecon drew up was ­seriously flawed.” – Aurecon JV did not draw up the database. In fact, it was compiled prior to the appointment of the JV.

When Aurecon JV is afforded the opportunity to study the said forensic report, we will be able to respond fully and in
detail to each of the allegations.

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