HIV tender to be probed

2012-07-08 15:53

Johannesburg - The government would investigate the granting of a R22.5m tender for an HIV test kit banned by the WHO, City Press reported on Sunday.

The tender was awarded in March to Durban-based company Pantech for SD Bioline, a kit banned by the World Health Organisation in January as it gave faulty results.

Pantech's contract would see the company supplying 4.5 million test kits over the next two years.

National Treasury reportedly said it was "reviewing all the decision making processes relating to the tender".

Pantech spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize was quoted as saying: "There were only 66 000 faulty tests out of millions, so it is not necessary to withdraw the product."

  • Brad Porter - 2012-07-08 16:03


      ec.dp.9 - 2012-07-09 06:48

      I an sure they selected this firms product on purpose, after all the "piepĂ´L" do not waant thous test that show you have the Aids, no no no , that is predjoudise!! we waant thous test that show we don NOT have the Aids!!! Racism Racism!!!

      neil.vanheerden.39 - 2012-07-09 09:09

      @Ec.. You mean Apartheid Apartheid.

      ec.dp.9 - 2012-07-10 06:35

      Neil, ... same thing, only spelt differently.

  • christelle.james.7 - 2012-07-08 16:11

    And another day, another tender, another probe. New synonym in Oxford dictionary - SOUTH AFRICAN TENDER - PROBE

  • theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-07-08 16:49

    "There were only 66 000 faulty tests out of millions, so it is not necessary to withdraw the product." And 66 000 people incorrectly diagnosed that leads to 66 000 people not treated correctly you pathetic moron. Typical Africa standards. Its almost as sad as South Africa saying we can treat HIV with beetroot and garlic, what the hell does the rest of the world know about medicine.

      patience.samuels2 - 2012-07-09 21:46

      Ja Theo I totally agree with your statement, these people have no sense of logic all they think about is making money this government is run like a business.

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