Friday, January 26, 2007

Tender processes in the spotlight

By Tarryn Le Chat
26 January 2007

Transparent and accessible policies mean tenders in the City of Cape Town can no longer be bought through connections.

Ian Neilson, mayoral committee member for finance, said that the value of tenders awarded to black economic empowerment companies or historically disadvantaged individuals increased by 10 percent from the first half of 2006 to 47 percent by the end of this year.

Mayor Helen Zille said that this is one of the most important things that have been said in council. Zille’s administration has been accused of not being interested in BEE.

The city finalized 68 tenders and bids in the last quarter of 2006, with a scheduled value of R554 million.

Twenty contracts were canceled because of expiry of validity periods and high bidding prices.

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