Protector: Award tenders on merit

2012-07-30 22:36

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on Monday called for construction contracts to be awarded on merit to save state resources.

"It is in the interest of organs of state that are in charge of the human settlements programme to do so because it is costing billions to fix the shoddy work done by some of the fly-by-nights," she said in a statement.

Madonsela was speaking during a meeting in Bloemfontein on Monday, as part of her office's investigation of RDP housing.

She said the country was facing a "huge battle" because of badly-built RDP houses.

Her comments followed allegations that the Free State provincial government was awarding tenders on the basis of political allegiance.

Madonsela said she heard of people who operated "briefcase" construction companies and were often awarded tenders to undertake massive projects, which they did not have the capacity to execute.

She asked the public to bring evidence to back up the allegations they made.

"We can never make findings on the basis of a hunch or on the basis of a rumour."

Local residents raised concerns about long waiting lists, houses without toilets, incomplete housing projects, and houses that were inaccessible to the disabled.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-07-30 23:12

    I think that those awarding the tenders are not concerned wih saving resources. They seem to believe that money grows on money trees, and the supply is unending.

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-07-31 00:14

    Thuli says something sensible every time she opens her mouth. This is the calibre of cabinet minsters we need in SA. Respect.

  • - 2012-07-31 04:28

    Appointing on merit is not in the spirit of how the ANC want things done. Just go read many of the rules/laws in place, or at least how people are made (directly/indirectly) to conform to them.

  • joe.irwin.50 - 2012-07-31 06:15

    He is my brother, he deserved it. See it was awarded on merit.

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-07-31 06:43

    What do you expect when 90% of government is based, not on merrit or qualifications, but on jobs for pals and family.

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-07-31 06:57

      100% stephen, right through from Zipper.

  • - 2012-07-31 07:17

    Well, the sounds I'm hearing are good, would be even better to see them turned into deeds. I doubt if most of our disadvantaged understand how they're losing out, so it is up to our educated and enlightened sector of the population to stand up against this senseless waste of taxpayers money and lack of delivery to those most in need. Let's build up an informed, educated core of people who can see through the Government's waffle. We have so much potential, but it's being bypassed by our 'leaders'.

  • kenny.kwenamore - 2012-07-31 07:22

    Thuli I wish you well in your noble endeavours to rid this couintry of the scourge of corruption. However your success depends entirely on the political will of those in power to heed your advice and implement the necessary changes but unfortunately the stakes are too high for anyone in the ANC to heed your advice. God bless you daughter of the soil

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-07-31 07:40

    Thuli, what you have said goes without saying!

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-07-31 08:18

    Hardly rocket science is it?

  • zacharias.delange - 2012-07-31 08:45

    Thuli is almost the only person in government I semi-trust...will have to see.

  • kmaruma - 2012-07-31 09:36

    Thuli for president

  • comurray - 2012-07-31 10:04

    It would appear that so called BEE construction companies with only a multitude of directors and two labourers plus one wheelbarrow are given these huge contracts because the persons awarding contracts know full well that tender value includes bribes in cash or what ever. Enough said.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-07-31 12:54

    That's right, Thuli. Lets keep it transparent. After all, the rate-paying public is the greatest stakeholder in the process. We deserve to be looked after by the people we trustingly vote into office.

  • harry87 - 2012-07-31 13:45

    Please comment if you feel that we need an independent tender evaluation service provider, INDEPENDENT of government.

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