Company in Limpopo textbook scandal now contracted to deliver tablets and laptops to Gauteng

By Drum Digital
27 July 2015

EduSolutions will also supply e-textbooks and “digital multimedia content” worth R30 million to the schools.

EduSolutions, the company that failed to deliver textbooks to schools in Limpopo in 2012 is now contracted to supply Gauteng schools with laptops, tablets, and microcomputer servers worth over R171 million.

According to a report by News24,

Despite failing to deliver textbooks to Limpopo and leaving hundreds of school children without learning materials in 2012, the company is still supplying textbooks and learning materials to schools in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

EduSolutions’ contract to supply the technology is part of its existing obligation to supply textbooks and learning materials, said a spokesperson for the Gauteng education department. The contract was awarded in 2012 based on EduSolutions’ competitive quotation and its facilities for the acquisition, storing and distribution of materials.

The order in EduSolutions’ current contract stipulates that the first 375 schools in Gauteng have to be “paperless” by October 31, but experts are skeptical, the report continued.

“There were serious allegations against EduSolutions. It is therefore completely improper that government is still doing business with them,” said Mark Heywood, director of Section 27, the organisation that took the Limpopo provincial education department to court to force it to deliver the outstanding textbooks.

But EduSolutions insisted it can do the job.

“Our record speaks for itself,” said Singatha Nobongoza, business manager of African Access Holdings, the holding company of EduSolutions, about the criticism.

“We have been supplying textbooks and learning materials to Gauteng schools without problems for the past 12 years,” she said.

Phumla Sekhonyane, spokesperson for the Gauteng education department, agreed.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi wants all classrooms in Gauteng online by 2017. The project will cost R17bn, said Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in January.

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