North West coal tender in dispute: ‘Nothing irregular’, says health department

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The North West heath department is fending off new claims of irregularity in the tender for the supply of coal to various hospitals across the province.

This comes just months after the department was forced to explain before court why the most expensive suppliers had been preferred over those who submitted cheaper bids.

In the latest round of allegations, some of the disgruntled bidders who lost out in the award of the coal tender claim that the chairperson on the bid adjudication committee, William Kaipa, was a former employee of Sibusisiwe Contractor, one of the two companies that won multiple contracts to supply four hospitals each – out of a total of 10 hospitals – while 63 other bidders lost out.

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