W Cape tender proper, says ad agency

2011-08-15 19:52

Johannesburg - Advertising agency TBWA Hunt Lascaris has rejected as "completely untrue" a report that it was improperly awarded a multi-million rand tender by the Western Cape government.

The report in the Sunday Times was also "factually inaccurate", it said in a statement on Monday.

"We have incredibly high standards and ethics, as well as strict corporate governance rules.

We value our good reputation above anything else and will immediately walk away from any tendering process even if there is just a whiff of impropriety or corruption," CEO Derek Bouwer said.

The Sunday Times reported that a contract was awarded to TBWA Hunt Lascaris to take over communications of 10 government departments in the province.

According to the report, the tender was not publicly advertised or placed on the government tender bulletin, as is required by Treasury regulations.

It also reported that the tender was worth R1bn.

Bouwer said the Sunday Times was wrong in claiming the tender was worth R1bn, the account which had been running since November last year, was in fact worth between R50m and R70m.

"We find it disconcerting that the newspaper claimed that proper procedures were not followed in awarding the account - that is completely untrue.

"Furthermore, they were factually inaccurate in recording the value of the account," he said.

Earlier, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said there was "absolutely no truth" in the suggestion that there was anything improper or unprocedural in awarding the tender.

"Questions must be asked why the Sunday Times chose deliberately not to present the facts as presented to them. We will be laying a formal complaint with the Press Ombudsman," she said in a statement.

Zille said the newspaper had been made aware the tender was advertised.


"Not only did we confirm to the journalist that the tender was advertised in Die Burger and the Cape Argus, we sent the journalist a scan of the actual advert that appeared in print," she said.

She said the R1 billion price tag the newspaper placed on the tender was an "absolute fabrication".

"It was made clear to the journalist that the estimated total communications spend of the provincial government is between R50m and R70m per year."

A bid adjudication committee, which included officials from legal services, had not received disputes from participating bidders and there were no irregularities, Zille said.

Nobody involved in either the bid specification or bid evaluation committees were members of the bid adjudication committee that made the final decision to award the contract, she said.

"I am confident that the bidding process was transparent, fair, equitable, competitive and cost effective.

"The Western Cape government has nothing to hide and will give the auditor general full access to any documentation or officials required for his investigation," she said.

Zille said she has asked the director general to request that the auditor general conduct a tender process audit.

  • GH - 2011-08-15 20:04

    Is TWBA owned by Mr Zille or associates? No it is not. It's been one of the top agencies in the Cape for more than twenty years.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-15 20:09

    Hehe -- was quite funny to see the ANC & Communist party idiots on the news,trying to score points and insisting that all the documents are made public. Pathetic people!Takea look at your president and his puppy malema instead

  • Kisha - 2011-08-15 20:15

    What was the journo's name? And party of choice?

  • Antianc - 2011-08-15 20:23

    HZ said she would resign if there was corruption proved. Wonder if our president, JZ would do the same in the Cele and Nkabinda case, doubt it.

      Ogre - 2011-08-16 01:22

      Zuma never bets when the horse race is not rigged, and if his horse still does not win he sues a bystander to make up for the loss.

  • braveheart - 2011-08-15 21:02

    Tony you are a yoke. Still have a LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLongggggg way to to. Face it. Nice try though.

      braveheart - 2011-08-15 21:04

      sorry - to go

      braveheart - 2011-08-15 21:04

      sorry - to go

  • Ian - 2011-08-15 21:06

    nice try association of national cluelessness, more egg on your corrupt mugs, i like it a lot

  • Moersteen - 2011-08-15 21:08

    One has to wonder why the Sunday Times ran this story - were they instructed to do so by the ANC?

  • Cejewe - 2011-08-15 21:15

    In Europe a newspaper is closed down for issues like this. Zille has offered to resign if true. Come on, Sunday Times, offer to resign if not true.Start with the editor offering to resign. Set the example... or don't you believe your own stories?

      Netherlands - 2011-08-16 05:13

      Why does the DA not just SUE THE PANTS off the Sunday Times for incorrect reporting???

  • Theo - 2011-08-15 22:01

    Like all political parties, the DA is bound to have a few slips-ups, but thank heavens there is still a party that can largely be trusted with our votes and more important, with our money. The integrity and leadership of the DA is so must ahead of the ruling circus (the ANC) that we might just have a half decent future in this country, and this spectacle just about prove it.

  • eforbayjohnson - 2011-08-15 22:16

    What a crock of Sh#t....the media again!!!

  • Sisie - 2011-08-16 07:33

    Imagine if the ANC "offered" to resign if all rumours about them were true. Oh what heaven - oh cr*p am i dreaming again. With the ANC where there is smoke there is always fire, a blazing fire, an inferno. I can always remain optimistic.

  • Capestorms - 2011-08-16 08:48

    Politcal parties must stop fighting each other and start giving the services they promissed. Keep their mouths shut and convince the people by good governance.

      Zebelon - 2011-08-16 22:46

      Capestorms,... don't generalise. Which political party is fighting?

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-08-16 08:50

    The Sunday times reporter is an idiot moron who can't read properly.

  • mac-d - 2011-08-22 12:31

    now lets wait an see how thy gna go about Juju's case since he has been charged!!!

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