NEWS & ANALYSIS

Gauteng's cancellation of R1.5bn in tenders has negative impact – Fred Nel

DA MPL says money could have been spent on construction and the maintenance of roads

Cancellation of R1.5 billion in tenders impacts negatively on road development and jobs

10 November 2019

The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport had to cancel eight of the 16 tenders it planned for the 2018/2019 financial year, while the road infrastructure continues to deteriorate.

This information was revealed in the department’s annual report for the 2018/2019 financial year.

According to the annual report the following tenders were cancelled:

Tender Number

Description

Estimated Value

DRT 09/06/2016

Grass cutting, tree felling and litter picking for a period of three years: Five regions in Gauteng Province

R201 000 000

DRT 18/10/2016

Construction of road P1-1 (R82) (57) phase 3 from D1073 (Walkerville) to K164 (De Deur) approximately 11.3KM) and road K164 between road D904 and road 905 (Approximately 4.1KM)

R800 000 000

DRT 119/02/2017

Constructing of new K73 (1.381) between K58 (Allandale Road) and K71 (Woodmead Drive), upgrading of sections of K58 (2.784KM) and K7 (0.962KM) and rehabilitation of K58 (0.65KM) and rehabilitation of K58 (0.65KM) between Maple drive and K71

R191 000 000

DRT 43/11/2017

The visual assessment of roads, bridges, major culverts and pavement surveillance measurements

R30 000 000

DRT 34A/08/2017

Public Transport Operations Grant- 8 bus subsidy contracts

R93 000 000

DRT 39/07/2017

Professional Engineering Services for the Preliminary Design Review & Detail Design of PW15 from R21 to N3, approximately 35.4KM & supervision for N3 to N17, approximately 15.5 KM (Phase 1)

R6 000 000

DRT 18/07/2017

Construction phase: K175 (R568): Rehabilitation of road K175 (R568) (Tshwane) 12 months

R55 000 000

DRT 116/02/2017

Rehabilitation of road P122/1 (R57) from km8.4 to P36/1 (R10) (Solomon Mahlangu Drive) approximately 9.3KM

R180 000 000

The cancellation of these tenders has a negative impact on mobility as it contributes to increasing traffic congestion and ultimately gridlock.

The R1.5 billion should have been spent on construction and the maintenance of road infrastructure could have contributed in offering job opportunities to the unemployed as well as boosting the Gauteng economy.

This clearly indicates a lack of consequence management within the supply chain unit of this department.

It is high time that the department implements stringent measures to discipline officials and companies implicated where the tenders have been cancelled.

The DA will table questions in the Gauteng Legislature to the MEC for Roads and Transport, Jacob Mamalobo to determine what consequence management system is in place and whether these tenders will be re-advertised.

Issued by Fred Nel, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport, 10 November 2019