On government tenders

2011-03-05 18:38

Ajay Gupta: “If, in Sahara’s books, you find one cent that I’ve made from the government, you expose that.”

He adds: “I have a billion rand or two billion rand turnover (with Sahara). Of this, maybe R20 million or R30 million comes via direct or indirect (government deals).

“I don’t count this as the influence of government business. It’s a very nominal amount, which has nothing to do with influence. But our intention is very clear: we don’t want any business from the government.”

Parekh points out that the state controls about 60% of the country’s total expenditure on IT, but that the Guptas have decided not to pursue government tenders “because of the friendship with some of the leadership”.

Sahara was one of six companies that won part of a tender in Gauteng in the early 2000s to install computers in schools.

Atul says the company was only allocated about “500 boxes in 500 schools” and that his “heart was sore” they didn’t win more.

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