Gauteng health dept denies tender rigging

2011-11-30 08:55

Johannesburg - The Gauteng health department on Tuesday denied allegations that it had lost millions of rands through maladministration and tender rigging.

"The department would like to state the incidents referred to in the auditor general's report occurred between 2004 and 2008 and since then steps have been taken to remedy the situation," spokesperson Simon Zwane said.

The Star newspaper reported on Tuesday that, according to a report by Auditor General Terence Nombembe, the department appointed contractors who did not have the correct qualifications and competence to build hospitals.

Nombembe allegedly found that Ilima Construction had been awarded a R1bn contract to build hospitals in Gauteng, the North West and Eastern Cape.

The contract was terminated when the department discovered that the company's "construction grade" allowed it to work on only projects worth between R30m and R100m.

According to the report, the department awarded three contracts worth R887m to a company that failed to submit a tax clearance certificate.

A R21.9m project at Sterkfontein Hospital, in Krugersdorp was terminated because of "insufficient progress" and a replacement contractor was appointed for R12m.

DA MP Jack Bloom was quoted as saying the AG's report illustrated the department's "disastrous incompetence".

"The distressing thing is that nobody has been held accountable for this appalling mess. Nobody has been fired or disciplined, so the mismanagement is likely to continue," he said.

Did not award contracts

Zwane said in a statement: "The department would also like to place on record that it was not involved in the awarding of the contracts referred.

"These contracts were handled by the department of infrastructure development as implementing agents of all government infrastructure projects."

He said a number of remedial steps had been taken to address the situation.

The national department of health has appointed an engineer to oversee all aspects of infrastructure and the National Health Council had approved the appointment of a resident engineer.

Expenditure per project was being monitored by the national department on a monthly basis, and improved plans were being implemented to ensure that funding was aligned to the infrastructure plans.

An integrated approach was being implemented to address health technology and infrastructure to ensure efficiency and better planning.

"In the province, the department of health and social development has taken steps to improve its capacity to exercise oversight on infrastructure projects," said Zwane.

The heads of the departments of infrastructure, health and social development and finance were also now monitoring the implementation of projects in the province.

They, in turn, would regularly report on progress being made.

"The provincial government is committed to ensuring the infrastructure projects are deliver within budget and without unnecessary delays," Zwane said.

  • Fenderbender - 2011-11-30 09:07

    This is not news, go to any government hospital, they even sell the food of the patients. I enjoy the excuses the most, its almost as convincing as the South African Space Program

  • Julie - 2011-11-30 09:07

    No corruption involved????????? YEAH...RIGHT

  • ludlowdj - 2011-11-30 09:27

    unless this so called remedial action includes the full recover of all funds misused it is not acceptable. The ANC needs to learn the hard way that corruption within its ranks is corruption of the ANC itself. And Mr. Zuma as official head of the ANC government is solely, completely responsible and accountable for any illegal activity within his government whether the offending parties are ANC members or not. Isn't it time for the sheeple to pull their heads from their backsides and start making government accountable as it should be instead of being led to slaughter by the people who are supposed to serve them.

      Impi - 2011-11-30 09:59

      While all of this theft is going on, the President is concerned about airport security staff searching a ministers handbag! This just proves the latest rumour that he came into power to line the pockets of a consortium led by Shaik. This is what our freedom has come to be. A grand scale robbery by Shaik and his friends. But there is always justice as we have seen in Libya. I want to be one of those dishing out the justice to Shaik on behalf of every one of my people that had to suffer while the rubbish that runs this country were in it for no other reason than benefiting themselves.

  • TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2011-11-30 09:31

    and who helps the health dept take all their stupid little baby steps while people suffer and die in their hospitals? we don't wanna hear about steps, WE WANT TO SEE THEM. Listen to the PEOPLE.

  • Bryan - 2011-11-30 09:40

    The joke is that they actually think we believe all these lies!!

      Impi - 2011-11-30 10:00

      This is what happens when you elect a President that didn't complete his basic schooling. They really think, you are right, all this cr@p is believed by us.

  • MoAfrika - 2011-11-30 10:01

    now this has killed my pocket with taxes and robbed the needy...Jerr, somebody's salary in the government should be cut in half and benefits taken away...must learn to do their work well before even applying for such important positions, i mean really now, i could have done better in person to award those tenders, these are not mickey mouse deals, how do u miss most important parts???

  • George - 2011-11-30 10:31

    Just pass the blame on the last person, There little pea brain, if you can call it that, cant think further than that

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