Education dept overpaid on tender

2012-07-06 14:46

Johannesburg - The Limpopo education department paid a service provider R2m a month more than what was originally tendered, six months before the department went bankrupt last year, The Star reported on Friday.

According to the report, Aurecon JV - a consulting engineer joint venture that was awarded an almost R100m project management unit contract in September 2010 - was paid more than it was entitled to between April and October last year.

The department reportedly outsourced its project management duties to Aurecon, in effect giving it control of school infrastructure contracts for three years.

The firm had the power to design, manage and implement projects in the province and help adjudicate and award tenders.

The Star reported that, according to documents it had seen, the department also extended Aurecon JV's three-year contract by six months.

Aurecon spokesperson Ronnie Khoza denied any wrongdoing by the company.

The Mail&Guardian reported that, according to a confidential affidavit by a Gobodo forensic auditor investigating on behalf of the Treasury, there was a "significant deviation" from the tender initially entered into with Aurecon JV.

The report is part of an investigation into alleged irregularities in textbook and other educational tenders in Limpopo.

Textbooks for some grades were delivered seven months late in the province, only after the NGO, Section 27, obtained a court order with a deadline forcing the government to act.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-07-06 14:56

    Wow! I am really shocked and sarcastic right now!

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-06 15:15

      I'm not shocked at all, this is probably just the tip of the iceberg

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-06 15:39

      No, you don't say - what a revelation of galactic proportion.

      Christelle - 2012-07-06 16:04

      Are they not also the dept who paid R7m to suspended personnel and are they not also head of the snake who destroyed the childrens books. Limpopo - wake up. Stop voting for the ANC - stop voting to keep yourselves uneducated and poor!!!!!!!!

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-07-06 14:56

    When will the poor 'Limpawpaw' ever get out of the paw-paw!. ANCWL, here's something to march over - oh sorry there is still the Shapiro sketch with is of much more importance.

  • JHLR73 - 2012-07-06 14:59

    Wow,now that is not possible, not in the new SA!! The new goverment are not capable of making mistakes like that, are they??I mean in a country where evrybody lives good lifes and jobs are plenty and there are no poor people, what is 2 million rand extra a month??

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-07-06 15:00

    Maybe they should start learning basic mathematics?

      jeffrey.mnisi - 2012-07-06 15:55

      no need for maths, they knew that they are stealing.

  • val.campbell.52493 - 2012-07-06 15:41


  • Issa - 2012-07-06 15:42

    The whole issues of ANC, Tenders, Ministers, Councillors,Departments who are involved in malpractices are human like us and greed is to blame. If one small company given a whooping million knowingly that its more than recomended in return for a share, what about us the poor who if we ate that day is by chance or mercy of God.

      Christelle - 2012-07-06 16:09

      Yes, they are human like us Issa, but they don't care about you who might not even have food to eat! Stop supporting these abusers of African people!

  • jeffrey.mnisi - 2012-07-06 15:51

    there is a stupid way in dealing with corruption in SA. hear me Africans, as long as we suspend and fire those who involved, we are not giving a cure to this malady. those involve irregularly or not must face a jail sentence. I know PPL will think I am a moron, stuborn to legality. check with me Africans, how many of you who cannot give tenders irregularly, if they will get maybe 2 million in return as bribe, be suspended, later fired. why must I work 25 years to earn 9 hundred thousand better than to corrupt the GOV 2 million. work out the fraction.steal more than what your work lifespan cannot earn. Nice Mzanzi

      Christelle - 2012-07-06 16:08

      Jeff - yes, but we are sitting with a rotten crate of apples. Get rid of the whole crate - stop voting for this corrupt government - they are keeping their people poor and uneducated!!! Stop giving them the right to do what they are doing - by voting for them, you say it is ok what they are doing!

  • LouisPVenter - 2012-07-06 16:14

    No one should be surprised. This is the incompetence the ANC lovers voted for. I am sure grade 3 kids who had the old education (call it apartheid standard of education if you want, just to makes things clear) would have done better job than these incompetent bunch of hooligans in Limpopo.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-06 16:16

    LMFAO....Really?! U don't say! Wow that's a surprise.....

  • Allan - 2012-07-06 16:45

    Efficient Cadre deployment - is anyone surprised?

  • Johnson - 2012-07-08 12:39

    The problem with corruption at this point is driven by the elite in the ANC and nothing will happen to them - why ? Answer: They are in charge and they decide who is investigated and against who charges must be laid. Malema, Casel Matlale and 99% of the ANC in that province will walk away from it as if this has never happened - that is a fact

  • Johnson - 2012-07-08 12:43

    Must be taken out of the hands of any political party - that is the only way to kerb it. Or sorry in Africa there is no government, state employee that is not corrupt - it does not happen here in Africa - only tenders are corrup not the officials behind the supply chain

  • mapepaki - 2012-07-10 05:11

    I'm not whats new!

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-10 14:50

    And I see Yengeni is still living it up like there are no fellow Africans out there in need. What the hell does anyone need with a car costing that much when trafic speed limits are 120kph. Amazed he can fit behind the steering wheel! Are there any thin ANC politicians with brains? Isn't Aurecon a crony of the ANC cadres as well BBEEE owned and incompetent in budgetting. If you are overpaid you return the money surely because your books don't balance.

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