Court rules New York land tender 'should stand', says Dirco's explanation is 'unconvincing'

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Manhattan, seen from an MTA train approaching the Queensboro Plaza Station in Queens, NY. (Getty Images)
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The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has failed in its bid to have its own decision overturned on the granting of a tender to establish a new diplomatic mission in New York.

It relates to the department spending R118 million to purchase a vacant piece of land in Manhattan, only to discover later that the land did not exist.

In 2018, Dirco approached the Pretoria High Court to overturn its decision to award a tender to Simeka Group and Regiments Capital as development partners to design, construct, operate, maintain and finance suitable office and accommodation for South Africa's permanent mission to the United Nations and its Consulate General in New York.

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