GCIS to spend up to R50m - on furniture

2012-08-29 09:10

Johannesburg - As much as R50m could be spent furnishing the new offices for the staff of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), the Star reported on Wednesday.

The GCIS is moving into new offices in Pretoria and has composed a 38-page guidebook for the bidding of the new furniture without a set budget, the paper reported.

"The reason we have gone out on a bidding process is because we are unable to determine the exact amount it will cost. We will only know once the process has been concluded," GCIS acting CEO Phumla Williams reportedly told the paper.

The Star said it interviewed an anonymous furniture salesman who said the contract could "comfortably" be worth R50m.

It noted that the GCIS budget had also made mention of plans to spend "R50m in 2012/13 for office accommodation and costs related to the new office building".

  • joe.irwin.50 - 2012-08-29 09:23

    What! Is that all?

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-08-29 09:56

      That's my tax money you bastards !

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-29 09:58

      and the old furniture?

      linds.ronhouse - 2012-08-29 10:33

      They're moving into a green building, which is commendable. Unfortunately, the media always wants to create scandal even where there is none.

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-08-29 11:16

      More wastage! Catch a wake-up guys - Rome is burning and you are adding more fuel to the fire.

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-29 11:42

      @linds...R50 000 000 worth of furniture... Where is your mind..that is a scandal...Green or not!!

      linds.ronhouse - 2012-08-29 12:09

      @Chris, do you know how big the building is and how many people work there? R50 million was quoted out of context.

  • jonathancfarrell - 2012-08-29 09:24

    Lovely!! To the ANCYL - there goes money for your free housing again!

      narike.lintvelt.9 - 2012-08-29 10:29

      Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic again...

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-29 09:24

    WOW!..I'm in the wrong business!

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-29 09:26

    I wonder how much of the R50 Million will actually be turned into desks and chairs and how much will be returned to government employees via the under table route.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-29 09:38

      The last time I heard, kickback was set at 20% of the tender value so yeah, some cANCer's son is getting a nice bonus.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-29 09:39

      Oh sorry, I meant to say that appropriation fee was set at 20% of the tender value.

  • jan.human - 2012-08-29 09:39

    Chosa ......R49mil....Furniture R1mill.....what's new?

  • Desilusionada - 2012-08-29 09:41

    So what happens to the "old furniture"? Or are the staff of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), newly appointed, cadre job created? How difficult can it be. Just look at your asset register, (yes the f@king thing that shows what you got and determines on what you depreciate, which most departments do not have), and you know what to replace at what cost. Couple of day's (weeks, months years if government department probably), work for someone if she gets of her, (gender equality to the for) fat ass instead of sleeping. But of course now the preferred suppliers and the bidding process begins...... Question is: How many people are employed at the GCIS, that needs R 50 million of furniture? Not how many work there, that answer is easy -NONE.

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-08-29 09:44

    There is a difference between budgeted and actual spending. Let us wait for the actual costs.

      wendy.craig.9655 - 2012-08-29 09:46

      Yes, the actual costs are far, far higher!

  • thando.gqabaza - 2012-08-29 09:56

    That's my tax money you bastards !

  • andrew.johnstone.9655 - 2012-08-29 10:00

    there is a government garage near bedfordview johannesburg with hundreds of cars bakkies ambulances and so on all covered in dust??? i no its not furniture but seriously what happens to these vehicles

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-29 10:00

    Pitty they can't spend R50 million on providing a few schools of the previously disadvantaged with a library or computers. Oh sorry their motto is "me first" I forgot.

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-29 10:01

    So my hard worked paid taxes is going to cozy up your behinds??? HATE FOR THE GOVERNMENT!!!

  • ettienne.hattingh - 2012-08-29 10:04

    I am just getting more the moer in with the cANCer that is rotten to the core.

  • steveroodt - 2012-08-29 10:04

    Whoop's Another Rental not going to be paid and all this lovely furniture will be on the street. Well done comrades well done you know how to get money from us fools,And we will keep on paying.

  • lindaawhelan - 2012-08-29 10:05

    According to their web site, GCIS has 485 staff so this works out at more than 10,000 per staff member. The entire set shown in the photo could be purchased for R3,000.

  • klaas.waarzegger.7 - 2012-08-29 10:06

    Chris. The old furniture have been re-distibuted successfully.

  • sharon.houghton.984 - 2012-08-29 10:08

    The government should hang their heads in shame when there are people living in dire poverty, children not being educated properly through lack of maintained school buildings and books and general corruption.No wonder this country is what it is!

  • anakin.skyvader - 2012-08-29 10:09

    Does the R50m-budget include gold-plated desks?

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-08-29 10:22

    It has be expensive, chances are the furniture rep is at the bottom of the chain and there will be connected \agents\ that have to be paid first. These guys pay no rent, employ nobody, but collect big bucks, because they know the right people. BEE in action

  • lynn.adams.7161 - 2012-08-29 10:46

    Well there goes our taxes again. I get more and more angry everyday at the situation in this country. They complain about housing and bad service but yet they squander our money and just expect us to keep paying. Enough is enough. Put our money to good work.

  • linds.ronhouse - 2012-08-29 11:05

    It should also be stated that they're talking about 20000sqm, so they're looking at about R2500 per sqm. This includes boardrooms, reception areas, partitions, cabinetry, waste bins, in/out trays, pencil holders, etc. You should also consider how many people work there. The R50 million figure was quoted completely out of context, and it doesn't even come from GCIS.

  • JHNortje - 2012-08-29 11:15

    How much do they get for the old furniture. Surly they could have made a deal and saved allot of our Tax money.

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-08-29 11:32

    Well, that's it!! I've had enough and from this day forward I will not be paying another cent to SARS! Finish 'n Klaar!!

  • jeremy.moos.9 - 2012-08-29 12:14

    Office desk +/- R 3000 Office Chair +/- R 1000 Office sundries +/- R 15 000 (computers included) = 2631 offices/employees???

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-29 12:25

    Another tender to enrich a cadre's extended family. Maybe the msipane's might try supplying furniture to building crap houses.

  • hendrik.andries.5 - 2012-08-29 12:38

    Another step towards communism.

  • george.vandermerwe3 - 2012-08-30 08:31

    The fat cat furniture dealer is smirking at the thought of selling knock-down chipboard rubbish and sure-fail Chinese chairs at highly inflated prices in return for a 10% kick-back... Happy days. Braaivleis, rugby, sunny skies and Chivas Regal. The only people complaining are the ones who didn't think of this first...

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-02-17 15:09

    that is why the head man seeks to broaden the tax base

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-02-17 15:10

    the furniture they are using now can not be used again? what is going to happen to it?

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