Matric wins tender from municipality

2012-03-12 11:15

Durban - A company run by a matric pupil has been awarded an R800 000 tender by a KwaZulu-Natal municipality to build a gravel road, the Mercury newspaper reported on Monday.

According to the report, Bheka Nxumalo, a pupil at Ixopo's Little Flower Secondary School, runs the company ZDN Trading that is allegedly owned by his elder brother, Zamokwakhe Nxumalo.

ZDN trading was awarded the tender by the Sisonke district municipality, of which the Ubuhlebezwe local municipality is a part.

According to the report the elder Nxumalo, who resigned as a director of the company in 2009, is the mayor of this municipality.

At the time the tender was awarded, the elder Nxumalo was a councillor in the municipality and treasurer of the ANC's Harry Gwala region (Sisonke).

The newspaper quoted Zamokwakhe Nxumalo saying he had nothing to do with the company, but reported it had proof he went on a site visit with rival bidders in 2010.

At the time Bheka Nxumalo was 16-years-old.

  • Gordon20 - 2012-03-12 11:20

    These 2 will both go very far in the ANC.......

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-03-12 11:31

      I agree. Even Zuma would be jealous.

      Spyker - 2012-03-12 11:33

      Welcome to INSANIA...

      John - 2012-03-12 11:52

      The next generation of cadres. Hopefully he did not have a GG in woodwork.

      Thando - 2012-03-12 11:59

      This is beyond corruption. We are a laughing stock. A Zimbabwean was telling me this weekend that it wasn't this bad even in Zim !

      Peter-Peter - 2012-03-12 12:30

      Business Day at schools has changed from baking cakes and cookies, to almost R1 million corruption cases. things have changed a lot in schools

      richard.fahrenfort - 2012-03-12 14:03

      This is a new low even by cANCer standards.

      Leeu - 2012-03-12 14:49

      lol and here i thought you have to be a civil engineer to build a tar road... oh well guess matric will do fine hey

      gouws2 - 2012-03-12 16:32


      Deus - 2012-03-12 19:33

      WoW, this young boy must be a genius to get a tender at such a young age, his mother taught him well. Surely, after this feat, he is first in line for the "Young black tenderpreneur of the year award"!? SURELY!

      Thozi - 2012-03-12 23:36

      Typical born & bred ANC loyalists. Maybe a bit quieter, but right there in Malema's class. Both brothers have a way with 'economic freedom', will be millionares in their early twenties if continue to "work this hard" - ANC style.

      nasheenar - 2012-03-13 07:32

      Hello bankrupcy KZN.

      Juan - 2012-03-13 11:12

      Even juju can get a notebook and pen and take some lessons from this guy lol

      Rinesh - 2012-03-13 14:15

      From wood work to road work!!!!

  • Tshifhiwa - 2012-03-12 11:20

    I love my country honestly, i really do.

      Peter-Peter - 2012-03-12 12:16

      lol, Steen...maybe I should write that line 1000x. Maybe then Ill get a glimmer of hope for this country that this type of nonsense will end

      Dennis - 2012-03-12 12:39

      I should start thinking like an anc cadre !! Oh damn, I forgot I was white !!!

      Max - 2012-03-12 12:48

      In my next life I want to be Black.

      spartanx93 - 2012-03-12 12:55

      @Max - I'm thinking the same thing. Black is the way to go to riches in South Africa.

      Thozi - 2012-03-13 00:00

      @Max You don't have to be black - it's not that difficult. Just get an ANC card and a black chick who loves parties and the limelight, address all ANC big shots as "comrades" and tenders will flow in your direction. I believe there's an Afrikaaner guy call Crouse or something, he did just that. The guy is a tender millionaire and had two black chicks. He had bought one (one not his wife) a sports car worth millions. Then the chicks fought, thereby making him a 'true' ANC comrade. See how easy it is..? And he's still white.

  • Youefoh - 2012-03-12 11:20

    *sniff sniff*

  • lungileb1 - 2012-03-12 11:21

    Blatant corruption and nepotism!!

      mholthuysen - 2012-03-12 12:31

      The day to day dealings by the African National Criminals - what did they promise before the last elections: "Together we can do more" - we all can see what that meant!

      Deus - 2012-03-12 19:49

      and no one will do anything about it

  • procold2 - 2012-03-12 11:22

    they learn how to do it young,pity it is not legit, would love to read real success stories about youngsters becoming bussinesmen and creating employment.

      Deus - 2012-03-12 20:00

      tenderpreneurship 101, yes they start young. Lesson 1: government tenders are your birth right as a black person in this country Lesson 2: its only corruption when others are doing it. if you don't steal it, someone else will, so, be the first. Lesson 3: Ai wena, its not a bribe, its a gift, its part of ur culture as Afreekans Lesson 4: you don need skills you can always hire skills Lesson 5: me, me, me

      David - 2012-03-12 22:17

      No, #2 should read "It is only corruption if you get caught"

  • Myvision - 2012-03-12 11:22

    Before we see serious long term jail sentences, we're never gonna see an end to this

      Activity Bookings - 2012-03-12 11:28

      Could the time have come to change your name to Myancdisappointment.

      Bokfan - 2012-03-12 11:56

      Before we see a change in voting patterns we will never see an end to this. But Broe dont be jealous of a young black man going places otherwise you'll get a heart attack when you see him in his new ride.

      Irene - 2012-03-12 13:58

      Keep voting ANC and you have no future. Is the penny starting to drop yet?

      nasheenar - 2012-03-13 07:34

      This is precisely why the info bill is required by the fat cats.

  • clayton.bezuidenhout - 2012-03-12 11:23

    You've got to be kidding me!

      rheinhardt.peens - 2012-03-12 11:56

      At least he has Grade 11....More than most in GoVA-ment

  • njfada - 2012-03-12 11:23

    This proves how corrupt the gov officials are, how possible it is for a 18 year old to run a company? He resigned mainly because he knew that would conflict with his current job and had plans also for the company when he is in power. Sick government...

      Linda - 2012-03-12 11:32

      Does a person under the age of 18 qualify to own a business ito Company's act or Close Corp Act?

      njfada - 2012-03-12 11:45

      I doubt there's any law against that but we all know it is highly impossible to even run it to a point where they would get tenders but I am sure with our gov there would be a way out of this anyway...

      Kevin - 2012-03-12 12:04

      Linda , he is a front for his brother the thug mayor.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-12 12:40

      I am sure it is possible to run a company, however in legal terms, as a minor until 21, the contractual obligations are null and void.

      Silvana - 2012-03-12 12:59

      @ Linda. I was wondering the same.

      SaintBruce - 2012-03-13 20:58

      Age of Majority is 18 If registered as the owner of the company under that age, he would have had to have a Guardian sign in his place. He Older brother - the councillor , now Mayor, could have done that for him. If he personally signed the company registration documents, these would be void if he was under 18 at the time. Thuli - investigate please. Should take about 10 minutes!

  • MastersVoice - 2012-03-12 11:23

    The term "economic empowerment" has been taken to new heights!

      John - 2012-03-12 11:58

      It is economic freedom. It would seem that it basically means "stealing without interference."

      Juan - 2012-03-12 12:24

      Thanks for that, now I finally know what economic freedom means, I were puzzled by jujus call for economic freedom. Thanks this explains it all

  • Marion - 2012-03-12 11:26

    Enough already. This is no different to fronting white businesses with black partners. Crooked, the whole damned lot.

      Silvana - 2012-03-12 13:01

      @ Marion I have never heard of a 16yo being a front for a business, Black, White, Pink or Purple.

      George - 2012-03-12 15:18

      yes but the difference is a white business is forced to have a black partner even if he did not build it up with the white partner, so yes whites are being forced to use a black partner as a front to hold on to what is legally theirs

      gbbfg - 2012-03-13 09:57

      What a straaaange comment Marion.

      Solo - 2012-03-13 22:24

      Strange...because she doesnt share your beliefs?

  • thabiso.senona - 2012-03-12 11:28

    Maybe his rival bidders were a bunch of 10 year old's....Huh?

      Michael - 2012-03-12 14:36

      hehehe o a witseee

      James - 2012-03-12 18:11

      now that was both clever and funny

      Deus - 2012-03-12 20:01

      HeHe :D

      Thokozane - 2012-03-13 09:29


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      Merven - 2012-03-14 07:36

      Hehe, good one thabiso.senona

  • Wesley - 2012-03-12 11:28

    What is their to say about this? Corruption,nepotism? And how the F*%$ do you "build" a gravel road? Thieves!!!!!!!!!!!

      David - 2012-03-12 11:42

      You need to take away all the bushes and make it level, then lay gravel. :-).. and hope it does not get to bumpy from use...if it does then they make more money by keeping it smooth as possible.

      Grant - 2012-03-12 11:58

      Easy. You take a stretch of tar road that was laid pre 1994, crush any remaining bits and then smooth things out a bit.

      David - 2012-03-12 12:38

      Definitely an easier way Grant :-)

  • Linda - 2012-03-12 11:28

    No problem, no action to be taken! CRY the BELOVE COUNTRY

      Grant Olivier - 2012-03-12 12:24

      Funny then that the opening line to Alan Paton's book 'Cry the Beloved Country' should be: 'There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills.'

  • RealNikka - 2012-03-12 11:30

    This Boy better not finish matric, you are overqualified in the ANC if you have anything more than Matric..If you do not believe ..They took our Mbeki and replaced him with Zuma..This boy better get all "F" symbols

      Jana - 2012-03-12 15:22

      And then he will still pass matric with all F's on his report card!! He has a brother who is the mayor of the municipality... do you realy think they will let him fail, why else are there systems in place to up the matric scores??? So how do you become rich in SA, it's not who you are or what you can do... it's all about who your family are!!

      RealNikka - 2012-03-12 16:04

      @Jana this is really bad, because it is not just corruption but also misleading the youth especially black youth. I know a lot of people who see such things and they drop out register cc's especially in KZN...A lot of the guys I know left school to start a construction company/Printing T shirts and they are at home now waiting for the gravy train...I studied and they asking from me if I can get them a job, No qualifications...where can I even start

  • Dave Prinsloo - 2012-03-12 11:30

    corruption by anc in kzn???!!!! No!!!! Unbelievable!!! Shocked!! \r\n\r\nNOT!!!!!!!

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  • elsabe.wessels1 - 2012-03-12 11:33

    Truly amazed. Lets hope that this is not yet again money down the drain...

      rheinhardt.peens - 2012-03-12 11:57

      You are being sarcastic... right??

      Bokfan - 2012-03-12 11:58

      Keep hoping sista. Funny you don't LOOK blonde in your icon photo.

      George - 2012-03-12 15:23

      Noooooo not money down the drain, money into some ANC cadres pocket

  • Peter - 2012-03-12 11:35

    These guys have followed ANC policy to the letter. Well done JZ & Co. You have created a great junior ANC to be as corrupt as yourself. Soon these two will join the ANC youth with Malema.

      Morama - 2012-03-12 12:29

      I don't think we need to be surprised here.There's Zuma's son or nephew who is running a succesfull IT company with merely diploma in that wait south africa,there's still more to come unless we do something about this crap!!!

  • berni.venter - 2012-03-12 11:36

    When I read the headline I was initially so excited. There are so many young people that have the talent and savvy to succeed, but then the good old corrupt brotherhood have to stick their greedy fingers into the till and steal not only the money but the opportunities that don't belong to them!

      Marion - 2012-03-12 11:53

      @berni... I was also excited when I read the headline. Even a bit envious that I hadn't been an entrepreneur in matric.

      Adam - 2012-03-12 23:57

      I believe his younger sister is planning to e-toll it.

  • Melusi Myaluza - 2012-03-12 11:36

    lol and yawn! build a gravel road,lol

  • Thoka - 2012-03-12 11:36

    why did i not go into politics !!! kicking myself!!!! I sometimes blame my Grandmother. she was jailed for being part of ANC movement and she never said anything as this was somehow disgrace to the family. I need to toyitoyi yerr.

      Perfume - 2012-03-12 15:34

      After reading this I realised I am in the wrong field of employment.

  • hayden.cajee - 2012-03-12 11:37

    And here i thought it was a well earned tender!!

  • Linda - 2012-03-12 11:37

    Not every black person is corrupt, please refrain from such notions!!

      stampalex - 2012-03-12 12:26

      But you accept it nonetheless - you show this acceptance by voting for it. You show this acceptance by holding these thieves up as heroes of the nation. You show your acceptance by calling people like Winnie Mandela, a convicted fruadster and kidnapper and probably worse, as the "Mother of the Nation"... So don't come with this rubbish about "we're not all corrupt...." Your morals have been corrupt for some time now.

      Elton - 2012-03-12 15:00

      I agree not all blacks are corrupt. However, what is bizarre is that most blacks are doing nothing about it... Vote the ANC out man, in most other countries in the world would have.

      Jacques - 2012-03-12 15:03

      I agree strongly. Not all black people are corrupt. Not all white people are honest. But what I dont agree on is your opinion that one should vote due to the colour of your skin. This racism bull is the cancer of this nation, keeping us from becoming great. Its a mindset that should have died over 3 decades ago...or rather should never have existed in the first place.

      gbbfg - 2012-03-13 09:59

      Linda, of course they aren't. But the ones who vote ANC are. By voting for the ANC, you accept and support all this activity. That is corrupt, is it not?

      Merven - 2012-03-14 07:42

      Only 68% (that is the percentage of ANC supporters?)

  • Paul - 2012-03-12 11:37

    They learn very fast dont they! Got tips from some other high ranking officials?

      Sean - 2012-03-13 21:32

      It`s funny , they are to stupid to pass matric , but when it come to being ``skelm`` ..............

  • Wendy - 2012-03-12 11:37

    Ha, wonder whose son, cousin, friend he is?

      Jana - 2012-03-12 15:27

      He is the brother of the mayor of Ubuhlebezwe municipality who awarded this "tender"!

  • kagiso.zwane - 2012-03-12 11:38

    What on earth am I doing at University??

      Martin - 2012-03-12 12:22

      Getting and education we hope, but financially, it's probably a bad decision.

      stevie0064 - 2012-03-12 15:04

      Political connections will get you recognised here. A university degree will get you recognised across the globe.

      Fanie - 2012-03-13 19:50

      Probably seeking a qualification that can take you from blue collar to white collar crime...hehehehe

      Merven - 2012-03-14 07:44

      @kagiso University gives you something to hang against the wall, politics (especially ANC politics) gives you money in your pocket.

  • Rajen - 2012-03-12 11:42

    Oops! I misread the stroy. I thought the story was about a tender being awarded to build a GRAVY road but I was mistaken. The GRAVY road has already been built!

  • Sadrick Lottering - 2012-03-12 11:42

    Nooo! Noooo man! No! Blackman, this is not right. There are ways to address certain ills, ways we can't impliment legally but acceptable in our eyes, this is shameful!!! How do we defend the black image in such instances, how? Im saddend...

  • Ivor - 2012-03-12 11:44

    Here I was hoping to read a great story about a fantastic young SAfrican giving hope to the masses. Very dissapointed.

      Claire - 2012-03-13 17:48

      Yes, I was thinking the same...and was sadly disappointed...

      Merven - 2012-03-14 07:45

      But he is giving hope to the masses, the ANC masses.

  • Pieter - 2012-03-12 11:44

    Oh I love this country - the graft and gravy train will NEVER stop! Nepotism Rules!

  • ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-03-12 11:45

    This kind of blatant corruption is disgusting! What, did they think no one would notice. Just sick

  • bulelani.mfacokamsimango - 2012-03-12 11:46

    The next question should be "how many people in government do this on a regular basis?"

  • Rhyno - 2012-03-12 11:46

    We should appload this "wunderkind" of business for the feat he achieved! Stand aside Rupert and Motshepe!

  • Errol - 2012-03-12 11:48

    Cost of road = R 200 000 Civil Engineer to design and supervise = R 200 000 Junior collects R 400 000. Happy Day's.

      rheinhardt.peens - 2012-03-12 12:00

      You have it wrong ... Jnr 100k Big brother 300k for awarding the tender...

      Bokfan - 2012-03-12 12:06

      Hey Errol. Dont come with you imperialist accounting methods here. Heres how it works in KZiM Cost of Road = 900 000 - costs inflated by 100%. But not paid Civil Eng. = 450 000 - costs inflated by 100% but not paid Budget overrun bribe = 10% Junior collects R 400k and big brother collects about R850k. Now thats greasing the wheels dude.

      stampalex - 2012-03-12 12:28

      And then the road is not built anyway...

      Silvana - 2012-03-12 13:11

      Hi 12 yo brother is the engineer.

  • chris.khanye - 2012-03-12 11:49

    The orgy of corruption and whole families in the act...

  • Dejavu RealMan - 2012-03-12 11:49


  • Elle-Black - 2012-03-12 11:49

    I dont know whether to laugh or cry.

  • Sonja - 2012-03-12 11:54

    Wonder how that road will look???? My husband is busy re-building a bridge in Limpopo that was build for millions by people that didn't know what they were doing. Now it had to be demolished and started over....

      Silvana - 2012-03-12 13:14

      @ Sonja. No one knows, not even ZDN Trading. The grazing goats will decide.

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  • Warren Carne - 2012-03-12 11:56

    Give this kid a Bells.

  • Hendri - 2012-03-12 11:57

    Well done. Even though people might say that the pupil's company were awarded the tender because of his family member, it is a huge accomplishment for a matrix.

      rheinhardt.peens - 2012-03-12 12:01

      really... you serious???

      Elle-Black - 2012-03-12 12:58

      @ Hendri I do hope you are joking

      mholthuysen - 2012-03-12 13:06

      I hope you are kidding???

      Silvana - 2012-03-12 13:18

      @ Hendri How can it be an accomplishment for a "matrix"? He didn't get it on merit, he got it through genetics and the kickback big brother would get. Can't you see? He's a stooge for the family business. Next thing you'll be nominating him for businessman of the year.

      Mike - 2012-03-12 13:21

      So you you think he got the tender because he has an experience in road construction or because his brother is a mayour? Me thinks this is just the tip of the iceberg,you will find that there are several companies with tenders in that municipality wich the owners might be all connected or family members.

      deon.fourie - 2012-03-12 13:34

      Yeah, definitely "The Matrix", where time, space and logic can be bent to allow for stuff like this to happen. I should have taken the Red Pill. *sob*

      Schmee - 2012-03-12 13:38

      I think Hendri is being very sarcastically witty.

      Michael - 2012-03-12 15:00

      @deon.fourie HaHaHa.... very good!!! agree though, wish i could get my hands on one.

      Morama - 2012-03-12 17:57

      @HEndri,i really rest my case if you are unable to understand unlike interpretting what really haoppened here?

      Jan - 2012-03-14 10:30

      Hendri you cant be serious???

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      Sean - 2012-03-13 21:34

      Eish !!

  • paulr.g3 - 2012-03-12 12:03

    is there no end to this,...

      Anthony - 2012-03-12 12:28

      sad to tell u paul --there is no end to this just in the last few days gerald majola-csa the vice presidents pomp--gugu the youth agency catering contract the road engineer in zulunatal there are many mote --tooo tired to list them but ,what is the comman factor????

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-13 01:31

      Andrew: I think you meant the "conman" factor?

  • guyt1 - 2012-03-12 12:05

    This needs to be rooted out . If you know of or are related to anyone in the department you cant tender .Unbelievable ...

  • Hermann - 2012-03-12 12:05

    Wow! more cream that could go sour.

  • kasamkelo - 2012-03-12 12:05

    Ok how did her fare in School?

      Tasmee - 2012-03-12 19:05

      ??????excuse me???

  • Talente - 2012-03-12 12:15

    that is how they do it i was asked to pay R30000 for a R70000 tender, from Sisonke Municipality and if u dont know anyone u dont get anything. the same as MZIMKHULU AND UBUHLEBEZWE they fall und the very same municipality SISONKE

  • Lungile Sommeya Bedi - 2012-03-12 12:17

    tenders and honesty never goes together!

  • Vicky - 2012-03-12 12:18

    Blatant.......... Resourcefulness??

  • maryana65 - 2012-03-12 12:22

    Well , as long as he can perform the job required. To be known is better than to be beautiful !!!!!

      Chris Pefanis - 2012-03-12 12:26

      What? Did you actually read the article? This is blatant defrauding of the tender process!

      Vaughan - 2012-03-12 13:32

      Well this kind of corruption help make Malawi the way its now. And I suspect you live in SA because theres still some form of infrastructure here. So why are you fine with this?