R1bn tender awarded to Zuma funder

2013-01-18 09:24

Johannesburg - A R1.25bn contract to supply electricity meters to the City of Johannesburg was manipulated to benefit Durban businessman Vivian Reddy, said to be a close friend of President Jacob Zuma, according to a report on Friday.

According to the Mail & Guardian a number of key discrepancies in the contract had been uncovered.

There were detailed allegations that an initial technical evaluation scoresheet was amended to improve the results for Reddy's company, Edison Power.

The revised scoring had pushed another bidder, Hefcom, below the cut-off 70% technical score.

When price was factored in Hefcom would have scored better than Edison. Hefcom's bid was also half the cost of Edison's.

According to the Mail & Guardian, a letter informing Edison it had won the bid was dated before City Power, the City of Johannesburg's utility, supply chain management even received the bid recommendation or the chair of the adjudication committee had signed off on the decision.

Edison's share of the contract was increased from the initial recommendation of a R600m share of an R800m contract to an exclusive contract for R1.25bn.

The City and its utility City Power, which procured the meters, had denied any irregularities, according to the newspaper.

According to the report there was no evidence suggesting foul play on the part of Reddy or Edison.  

  • susan.pretorius.31 - 2013-01-18 09:34

    So whats news? Just look at him laughing his ass off at us...

      gift.ndlovu.564 - 2013-01-18 09:55

      So how you think we felt when there was a white government. Shoe is on the other foot now hey. Now feel what it feels like and get used to it, because we are going to be in power forever.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-18 09:58

      @gift - so you condone corruption?

      werner.nel.984786 - 2013-01-18 10:14

      @ Gift, according to your logic, which ever government is running SA (ANC, DA, NP, IFP etc), it has the exclusive right to "advance" certain ethnic groups and "disadvantage" other ethnic groups. Corruption fraud and so on. So basically SA a screwed for the rest of eternity, depending on which ethnic group is in charge. Solid logic girl, solid logic.

      Dane.Billionaire.Prinsloo - 2013-01-18 10:19

      Gift, the white government was not corrupt. In fact when the white government was in power our currency was as strong as the Australian dollar, our streets were cleaner and our country was safer. Gift Its people like you that don't deserve to have any say at all. Your stupidity is nauseating.

      colingkearns - 2013-01-18 10:21

      @Gift the Troll, so 2 wrong make a right? Get back into your cave!

      mo.matt.14 - 2013-01-18 10:37

      Lol, gift. So you think he is only doing white people in? Are you really that blind that you cannot see that the government is scr*wing their OWN people now. Is it okay just because they are black? Are you saying you don't mind that your government is doing exactly what the white government did, because at least they are black? You know, the moment you let go of your hatred and the past, you might actually be able to contribute to the future. Git.

      patrick.mbense - 2013-01-18 10:50

      @gift. You fool!!! this also effects you as a tax paying citizen! got nothing to do with race and a white government etc. if the contract was given to Hefcom there would be other funds to use elsewhere, such as build schools! Come on my girl, think before making such stupid comments!

      ed.gutsche - 2013-01-18 11:34

      gift...think before you speak. the people who will suffer will be the people who have no electricity, still use bucket toilets and do not receive their school textbooks. as for dane prinsloo...hahahaha, seriously, do you actually believe the twak that you speak? the apartheid government was just as corrupt. the broederbond, instead of ANC cadres received all the benefits many billions were siphoned-off during apartheid and in the 5 years between 1989 and 1994? do some research and you may just understand. also...the currency, like the chinese, was artificially strong as it was protected and bolstered by the government. after the end of the gold standard the government had to buy billions and billions of Rands to keep the currency strong... just as the chinese are now also doing with the artificially high US Dollar.

      ed.gutsche - 2013-01-18 11:39

      if you take into account what JZ the 'showerhead' said last week about people and businesses who support the ANC receiving preferential treatment, this is quite understandable. please let someone knock the showerhead off! i do not consider him to be our president. until the ANC can elect someone with integrity, we are a leaderless country.

      colingkearns - 2013-01-18 11:49

      @Patrick-well said,tax money wasted again. You are spot on, the fat cat politically connected are getting fatter and the poor are just treading water trying to survive, in some cases drowning in debt. It despairs me when I see the hopelessness in people and know that in their lifetime they will live and die in poverty and the goverment only gives them a vote..and hope..lessness.Vote them out!

      prakash.singh.169 - 2013-01-18 16:09

      When the white minority government was in power, all the corruption was done behind closed doors and nobody had any access to how and who got tenders.

      rob.bancroft.94 - 2013-01-18 17:24

      No, gift we do not know how you felt. When there was a white government there was no Reddy and Zuma. You (I doubt whether you were born yet) or your parents knew nothing about such things. The last thing you or your parents were worrying about was corruption in the government. So go and talk your nonsense somewhere else where someone stupid enough will believe you.

  • strikeback.strikeback - 2013-01-18 09:35

    Congratulations Vivian Reddy. Would never have thought you would get the tender. Well done! Suppose you also got the tender to light up Nkandla? When Zuma borrows money and say he will pay you back, he means business!

  • mthiks - 2013-01-18 09:40

    One hand washes another

  • george.larkins.14 - 2013-01-18 09:41

    Zuma and ANC are CORRUPT.All taxpayers should withhold Income Tax from this pathetic Goverment

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-18 09:59

      And how would one withhold tax?

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2013-01-18 09:41

    As Zuma's spinners said "This is the African way of doing business". Truoble is most of us call this corruption of the highest standard.

  • Blizzard - 2013-01-18 09:45

    I think they call it African Tradition...

      Derick.kleyn - 2013-01-18 11:24

      No no no buddy...the saying is ITS MY CULTURE!lmao

  • D_MAN - 2013-01-18 09:50

    ANC=CORRUPTION. And here you have voted for this idiot again. Why cant you ANC supporters wake up and realise whats happening???? Look at the pick. He is laughing at every SA citizen.

      Sim.MzantsiAfrika - 2013-01-18 22:11

      I'm no ANC supporter, but if you call them idiots do you really think they will vote for your party? Maybe you should consider another approach.

  • robert.starke.98 - 2013-01-18 09:50

    Can one not see the bribery and corruption oozing out of this - Zuma needs money to pay for his wives and everything else. And you call him a president, how pathetic

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-18 10:00

      He wants Nkandla to be bigger

  • jacob.mudhobhi - 2013-01-18 09:53

    wats new abt that

  • norman.depluhm - 2013-01-18 09:56

    Perfect timing after just recently telling a business breakfast that their support for the ANC would be greatly rewarded...

  • michael.tetley.35 - 2013-01-18 09:59


  • ross.churchill2 - 2013-01-18 10:13

    This is absolutely atrocious! The longer this is allowed to happen, the deeper we dig this country's grave. The shine of my proudly South African pride is starting to dull. If this really is "The New Democratic South Africa" then why do you keep looking over your shoulder. Eye for an Eye OR Democracy.....@gift, CHOOSE!!

  • tumelo.motloung.779 - 2013-01-18 10:23

    whats new about that?the dude "borrowed" Zuma money for the first phase of his buildings and Zuma said it himself that anyone who donate money to him will have his business interest taken care of.Zuma's family members became instant entrepreneurs and multi-millionaires in months.

      carl.debeer.52 - 2013-01-18 11:17

      small correction - *tenderpreneurs

  • branden.hart - 2013-01-18 10:27

    So he was correct - ANC members business would grow. WOW, the first truth he has spoken in Years!!!

  • mpho.c.moreki - 2013-01-18 10:56

    This is how businessmen who support ANC will prosper.

  • gus.fernandes.7 - 2013-01-18 10:56

    This greed knows no bounderies. Corruption used to be in the millions. To read about it being in the billions is now normal.

  • werner.niksch - 2013-01-18 10:57

    when will they ever learn....?

  • terence.wessels - 2013-01-18 10:59

    Help! The singing,dancing thief is at it again. How did a whole country get hijacked by this criminal?

  • kgaugelo.ramethape - 2013-01-18 11:01

    F&@k, n he has the guts to tell us to fight corruption while he's supporting it.

  • Derick.kleyn - 2013-01-18 11:19

    As zuma says so he does!support the anc and u will get rich!more people losing jobs,finding work gets harder each day.while these douchebags bleed the country dry....while the cost of living just increases and increases.

  • steven.jacobs.5832 - 2013-01-18 11:22

    @Gift - I am so sad that your parents didnt use a condom when they made you - but again I see you work for Government!! explains everything

  • alex.degroot.370 - 2013-01-18 11:45

    See! It pays of to have a seat at the Bribal table at the National Conference.....

  • ross.urquhart1 - 2013-01-18 11:49

    Mr Reddy finally gets a return on all his loans to Zuma ...... Zuma loans money from Reddy and taxpayers have to pay him back at an inflated price ..... Invest in Zuma and the ANC and your business will multiply ... First time Zuma has not lied to the public :-) eish !!!

  • jonas.maleka.9 - 2013-01-18 12:27

    More to come because they voted for second term cause they are not satified

  • markus.ippy - 2013-01-18 12:34

    That's how zuma pays back his Nkandla loan to Vivian . @ gift you miss the point it's not about black and white government , it's about the fact that residence of Johannesburg ( regardless I colour ) could have got the same for half the price . So in fact you could use the other half to provide services to its poorest residence ( but hey it's just a thought of mine )

      Sim.MzantsiAfrika - 2013-01-18 21:44

      It's a shame not all your white mates think that way. If the white government was in power (Which I can't see happening anytime soon), SA will be full of saints.

  • Ezio Auditore - 2013-01-18 13:01

    My President is an IDIOT but I love him all the same...

  • andre.malherbe.98 - 2013-01-18 13:16

    Gift! You are an idiot!! That basically means you condone corruption and theft!

      Sim.MzantsiAfrika - 2013-01-18 21:46

      Innocent til proven guilty. I'm not sure you've heard of that.

  • andre.malherbe.98 - 2013-01-18 13:18

    Gift you are thus saying that you condone theft and corruption......well if that is the case then you are an idiot!!!

  • - 2013-01-18 14:08

    Still more to come this is just the introduction of great tender corruption....we in for a long ride....this Greed is totally messing up our country and the president seem to support it....

  • Ezio Auditore - 2013-01-18 14:11

    Apparently we not allowed to him an IDIOT, poor censorship by news24! An idiot is an idiot. I love him for being one...

  • sipho.mathabula - 2013-01-18 14:39

    And what can you do about nothing because the majority of ANC supporters are illeterate and are to happy to receive a government grant everymonth and the more children they have they more money they get. That is why the ANC are not educating it's people so we live like this forever.

      owen.walker.7165 - 2013-01-18 15:35

      One small problem - the grant money comes from taxes and every year grants increase more than tax income increases. About 2022 .... is not forever.

  • derek.helberg - 2013-01-18 16:34

    I really don't know what you are on about, every government is corrupt, this one only more so than the previous because they are too damned stupid to hide it properly, as for this so called 'Gift' person, she is trying to compete with V Reddy's dark slut who needs cream to lighten her skin, whereas 'Gift' needs to use straight hair from India to look close to a white as damnit.

  • arcibaldo.irene - 2013-01-18 18:00

    taxpayers should strike!!!!!!!!

  • rory.n.price - 2013-01-18 18:39

    Donate to the ANC, and the the ANC will look after you, do I hear wedding bells

  • kyle.mclaren1 - 2013-01-18 21:25

    The corruption is so blatant and unsophisticated, they don't even try to hide it anymore...

  • Sim.MzantsiAfrika - 2013-01-18 21:52

    The tender system is in desperate need of overhaul. Not sure the government will agree as they make a fortune out of it. Having said that, you can blame the black government, even if the the old white lady was in charge (which I can't see it happening in my life time) there still would be corruption. Even countries who portray themselves as morale inventors i.e. UK are as corrupt if not worse. Remember the MPs' scandal. Now it's tax avoidance.

  • savage10000 - 2013-01-19 15:14

    They are destroying us.

  • maria.gubic - 2013-01-20 18:55

    We are ( the country ) sinking fast ! ! The people are powerless against the BIG' Cultural selfserwing leadership ! Delegates vote for something in returne! ! Only president whoo talk sleepless nights about the poore have gone the oppozit direction! God help us

  • denny.cray - 2013-01-20 22:40

    Heh, I guess JZ was telling the truth for a change when he told us last week how businesses which support the ANC will thrive.

  • pgibbings1 - 2013-01-21 14:19

    R25m for breakfast seems cheap...

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