Irregularities found in North West tender

2011-11-11 11:05

Twenty-five irregularities have been found in the awarding of a R93.5 million road rehabilitation tender, North West premier Thandi Modise said today.

“Down Touch (Investments) should have been eliminated from the tender for non-compliance with tender rules set by the department,” she said in a statement.

“The department should also not have awarded to Down Touch Investment the tender over non-completion of the tender documents.”

It was found that other suitable tenders were incorrectly excluded or eliminated.

Modise said the extension of the closing date for submissions was incorrectly carried out and not sufficiently communicated to all bidding companies.

The independent engineering firm, Nyeleti, investigated the tender awarded to the company on fairness, transparency and cost effectiveness.

Construction work on the P34/2 Koster and Lichtenburg roads was suspended at the start of October when Globul Roads, another bidder, challenged the tender allocation on the basis that it was the more favourable candidate.

The company sought a court interdict to stop construction.

Modise halted the project and suspended acting provincial roads and transport department head Sandile Mbanjwa.

He remained on suspension pending a full investigation into whether he illegally awarded the tender.

Down Touch Investments sought a court interdict against Modise’s intervention, but it was dismissed with costs.

The North West executive council said it would review the appointment of Down Touch Investments and consider the possible termination of the tender contract.

It would also conduct internal investigations to discipline other officials found guilty of improper conduct.

“We shall take all the necessary action without fear, favour or prejudice,” Modise said.

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