Tshwane Metro pays R10/pencil - report

Tshwane Metro pays R10/pencil - report

2013-07-17 09:12

Johannesburg - The Tshwane Metro is paying too much for goods in order to benefit certain providers, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

Orders on Tshwane's internal SAP computer system revealed that the metro's purchasing department was not paying anything close to market-related prices for stock, the newspaper said.

This despite Tshwane's mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa's recent undertaking during his budget speech to ensure that the metro focused on measures to give residents value for money. In an internal memo, chief purchaser Silas Mashaba told buyers "not to worry about prices, but make sure there is stock", the newspaper reported.

On June 5, five 40mm galvanised pipes were ordered at a cost of R21 600, or R4 320 a pipe.

According to Beeld, the same pipe could be purchased for R439 at Plumblink in Garsfontein. On June 18, the metro placed an order for 1200 Staedtler Tradition HB pencils at R10 a pencil, when three of the same pencils could be bought at PicknPay for R14,99.

On June 14, the metro placed an order for 80 steel-handled garden spades at a cost of R250 each when similar spades could be bought at most hardware stores for between R130 and R140. The names of the providers and their vendor numbers were known to Beeld.

An anonymous, senior official in the purchasing department reportedly said certain suppliers were blatantly given preference.

"The price at which stock is purchased, is just a side issue. The bigger issue is with whom the municipality does business."

According to Beeld, Tshwane Metro spokesperson Blessing Manale said purchasing departments usually considered the lowest price, but also looked at other factors such as reliable supply chains, products comparisons and quality.

He also said he could not confirm Mashaba's memo.

  • Elgh Elgh - 2013-07-17 09:20

    This is exactly why our business is at the brink of closer, because of thugs like these giving preference to certain suppliers regardless of quality and price and have only one thing in mind, and that is to fill their own pockets with kick backs. Sick of this.

      Erich Goosen - 2013-07-17 10:22

      The greatest challenge of our dear country is not the solving of global problems relating to overpopulation, increased productivity or nature conservation but simply to convince our government that they are the custodians of the taxpayers money and that if these funds are spent wisely and that the needs be prioritized, there will be prosperity for all.

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2013-07-17 10:48

      The massive scale of looting by local and national government is one of the main reasons why the gap between rich and poor is still so large and actually increasing not decreasing. And can only be blamed on the ANC leadership most of whom are criminals. And it is the poor South Africans that suffer the most as the public education/health system has been crippled and the economy is not growing fast enough to match or exceed population growth. Teh only way to show the ANC that people are not happy with the current leadership is NOT to vote for them next year.

      Steve Ritchie - 2013-07-17 12:01

      Agreed Jamba. This instance is probably a drop in the ocean of the plundering, corruption and self-enrichment going on country-wide. Should the opposition take over, it will take a monumental effort to weed this out and bring the thieves to book. Will have to get the courts to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and re-open Robben Island for it's original purpose.

      Henry Hattingh - 2013-07-17 12:49

      Voting DA is a no brainer. The contents of this article rings true throughout every ANC run municipality in the country. The proverbial drop in the ocean.

      Melan Beko - 2013-07-18 08:12

      This is what the economic freedom fighters are fighting for. They want to liberate the money from your wallet and give them new homes in their own bank accounts where they will live happily ever after. The EFF is not happy with the current level of corruption as it is too slow. Yes sir. Freedom for the rich, starvation for the poor. That my friends is the new world order.

  • Zed Max - 2013-07-17 09:33

    An not surprised! It's the way to go in this new SA!

  • Jason van Heerden - 2013-07-17 09:33

    If you looking for government work you have to go in with a backhand offer, there just is no other option. On top of that you also need to be BEE compliant, if you prepared to do those 2 things your in the pound seats.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-17 09:33

    A case of you wash my back and I'll wash yours. They sure know how to steal.

      MyGot Gert - 2013-07-17 09:53

      More of a case of you scratch my back and I'll comb yours

  • Amelia Basson - 2013-07-17 09:34

    The ANC & their tenderpreneurs are not only crippling us, they're throwing away our crutches!

      SydneyG - 2013-07-17 09:43

      Good one there Amelia...LOOL!

  • Johan Maree - 2013-07-17 09:35

    Phantsi CancER Phantsi! You are laughing at us while you destroy this country!

  • Allan Bundy - 2013-07-17 09:36

    This is not just happening in that department. Every government and quasi government purchasing dept does it. I know of a Portnet tender which was awarded to a particular contractor. That contractor was then called in and asked who his sub contractors were. He was then told to get alternative prices from (Portnet) nominated subcontractors who were more expensive than his tender. "No problem" says the Portnet buyer, we'll give you a variation order for the increase. Its sick and corrupted everywhere.

      Fritz Deelman - 2013-07-17 10:17

      yup - BEE and govt regulations are the problem - my wife used to work at a state hospital. whenever their dept wanted to buy stock, they HAD to use specific BEE companies, even though they could source the stock elsewhere at half or quarter of the BEE price, and got flack from management whenever they quireed this practice. This was at a hospital where there was at times not enough money to buy food for the patients...

  • Mpho L Mashegoane - 2013-07-17 09:37

    Over pricing is fraud and why they act like its news...the looting continue

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-17 09:38

    African National Corruption. Breathtaking !

  • Donovan Hendricks - 2013-07-17 09:39

    Amandla! Awetu! ALOOOOTa!! Continua! And when they done,they'll blame apartheid.

  • BraSteve Myaluze - 2013-07-17 09:45

    I should have been a tenderpreneur

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-17 09:47

    ZUMA'S ANC ... kickback corruption tenders ANYTHING. Is there not ONE honest person in the ANC?

  • LĂ©viter Au-dessus des Montagnes-Bleues - 2013-07-17 09:49

    BEE & BBBEE flourishes wherever the government administration deems redistribution of wealth needs to be punitive to the tax payers coffers! AND Pravin Gordhan is worried about micro lenders 800% but is blind to his OWN BACKYARD'S EXCESSES! AMANDLA Caligula of Nkandla http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2C4lEJ4ASY

  • jungleboy - 2013-07-17 09:51

    Next year YOU must decide if you want these hyhenas ir not. Its goung to be YOUR choice which way you vote.

      Tlotlo Phele - 2013-07-17 10:01

      My problem is even if we vote the in a new party , we will still have these individuals on metro departments

      Koi Indarain - 2013-07-17 10:10

      Wrong assumption Tlotlo - in a correctly run department, people who perpetrate fraud are found out and face prosecution.

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2013-07-17 10:56

      @ Tlotlo, I agree that you will not solve all problems overnight even with a new party in power but you need to start with a new broom and slowly sweep away the dirt. In no country on earth has a corrupt political party ever managed to clean up the rot while they are in power, that is why in any health democracy you need to have a change in power at least every 10 years or so. This is why companies also usually don't keep their CEOs for too long ...

  • Moraka Masipa - 2013-07-17 09:52

    Prices must be that high because municipal officials must also be given a cut. What is to be done?? I guess nothing as always.

  • Sarah Stanton - 2013-07-17 09:57

    Ah, this trick is an oldie, but it still works. A decent spin to this scam is using descriptions for everyday items, that boggle casual observers - ie. *multi directional rotating fastening implements* (screwdrivers) at over a grand a pop. Dig deeper.

  • Charles Alfonso - 2013-07-17 10:04

    Not to worry, Thieving Malema has confirmed that if elected he will ensure a corrupt free government. There is hope afterall.

      Sarah Stanton - 2013-07-17 10:24

      Mostly because by the time he gets done, there will be sod all else to steal.

  • Mthondowethusi Nhlanenkulu - 2013-07-17 10:06

    Sometimes one has to understand the procurement protocol before becoming a parasite mole that influences the public to think that there is mismanagement negligence on public funds.

      Chris Du Toit - 2013-07-17 10:15

      are you retarded?

      Thebe Alec Motshwadira - 2013-07-17 10:17

      Clueless zuluboy u are

      Markus Venter - 2013-07-17 11:08

      Please explain the protocol that justifies paying exorbitant prices

      Xolile Namane - 2013-07-17 11:14


      Charles Alfonso - 2013-07-17 13:11

      "Undestanding the procurement protocol" Theft is theft my friend. Dont try and disguise it with your fancy statement. Nothing left to understand!

      Lionel Hartman - 2013-07-17 14:08

      What must we understand?

      Elgh Elgh - 2013-07-17 15:28

      I'm sure that you will make it far in life as a motivational speaker with a comment like that.

  • Leetah Fourie - 2013-07-17 10:10

    The comment of "reliable supply chains, products comparisons and quality" The examples given Plumblink, Pick'nPay and say Builders Warehouse should qualify as being a reliable supply chains. The other two things is just BS So why do they pay that extra? To enrich there brothers and sisters:

  • Richard Scully - 2013-07-17 10:11


      Jones Malwela Mosima - 2013-07-17 10:30

      'Scurvy'... What does BEE,has to do with metro police now. Your brain is thinking backward you,you need some Haloperidol.

      JMaree - 2013-07-17 10:35

      What about it? Your not helping...

      Richard Scully - 2013-07-17 12:06

      Well this is what about it...you have to have a BEE company to supply government. Unfortunately BEE isn't able to do anything without a white guy doing it for him, so you have double exec salary, plus the standard bribe, plus all the AA employees you need to qualify which you don't actually need...you can scream all you want, but you know it's the truth

  • Jayson Beckwith - 2013-07-17 10:12

    These corrupt jackass's will continue to bleed that stone dry, until there is no more blood to give. Then who will support there lavish lifestyle's???? Dumb trolls.

  • Thebe Alec Motshwadira - 2013-07-17 10:13

    i hope govt. thieves become criminal victims of the poor they take away from. Zinja ndini!

  • Mfundzi Manocha Risenga Zaveni - 2013-07-17 10:16

    One day is one

  • Otlile Gwyvara Makena - 2013-07-17 10:29

    and the feeding frenzy continues... no shame at all

  • Diran Pillay - 2013-07-17 10:29

    Like the corrupt government their are thousands of medium sized BEE corrupt companies servicing the government. All over Johannesburg these companies thrive....

  • Oarabile Rodney M - 2013-07-17 10:31

    Go mnate month Msanzi

  • Asanda Mbangi - 2013-07-17 10:37

    I want that pencil it probably jumps out of your hand and starts writing by itself......

      Charles Alfonso - 2013-07-17 13:16

      No Asanda that one costs R300 and is for the children of the politicians as it magically does their schoolwork.

  • Henk Venter - 2013-07-17 10:38

    we all know that most of the anc officials and government are corrupt. we do have opposition parties everywhere, with the da leading. now my question - why don't these opposition parties expose these criminal activities and why don't they push criminal charges? or do they also benefit and therefor just mumble about it but that's it?

  • CALAMITYSA - 2013-07-17 10:40

    It's an ANC CULTURE! Like the leader - so the members.

  • Danie - 2013-07-17 10:43


  • Ennia Mikateko Chauke - 2013-07-17 10:49

    since pretoria become tshwane things have taken turn for the worst the only thing that meyer knows is to harass street vendors and changing streets names from people who build the city to names of people we know nothing about

  • Linda Horsfield - 2013-07-17 10:56

    NO! Im shocked! Public officials stealing tax/ratepayers money to benefit themselves! Who would have thought! This is what happens when tenders are based on race and not the best price.

      Charles Alfonso - 2013-07-17 13:15

      Why you shocked Linda? Its been going on for 19 years.

  • Chidi Kamalu - 2013-07-17 11:02

    this is happening everywhere in the world they have "Dem-all-crazy" even in the USA.

      CliveK - 2013-07-17 21:40

      So it's OK then to waste our money in that fashion? Wake up pal, and get rid of these thieves.

  • Wendy Nezar Schmidt - 2013-07-17 11:08

    Corruption at it's best ..

  • Trino Pillay - 2013-07-17 11:44

    Corruption as always! I'm quite sure that other Municipalities are following the same path. Easy to see why so many are getting rich and becoming business owners overnight. Ultimately we are robbing our own people. Thanks for this article

  • Arthur Salvado - 2013-07-17 11:45

    They've paid and will continue to pay excessive prices from whomever they so wish..........and what are you going to do about it. We all complain till (maybe) tomorrow and then we move onto the next scandalous abuse of tax payers money. We will complain till the next financial abuse/theft etc and so the cycle continues simply because nobody does anything about it. Oh well, next ?

      Melan Beko - 2013-07-18 07:55

      That is because the majority of people think that there's nothing they can do about it. One half of our country thinks that politics is something that is done to them and not for them and the other half toy toys and burns tyres and blocks streets and achieves absolutely nothing. We need to stop fighting with each other and stop treating our government like they are Gods that cannot be touched. They should be working for us not vice versa.

  • Gert Van Wyk - 2013-07-17 12:24

    Surprise surprise only WHITE NEWSPAPER reports on the issue

  • renelw1 - 2013-07-17 12:38

    They used the pencils for firewood.

      Charles Alfonso - 2013-07-17 13:12

      Limpopo school children needed some as well

  • Corn Boats - 2013-07-17 13:06

    I wonder if the ANC and all the ANC and Mugabe - lovers who so regularly defend their dictators will blame this on apartheid yet again?

  • Ryan Styles - 2013-07-17 13:15

    I just laugh. The poor of this country don't stand a chance. They are born poor and they will die poor. First the apartheid government kicked them in the stomach. Now the ANC government is kicking them in the face. Can't even blame it on racism anymore.

  • Mpho Leopeng - 2013-07-17 14:03

    I don't think it's just Tshwane, all government departments are corrupt like that. Companies registering on these databases is just a smokes screen. They always prefer their friends who's business profiles don't have anything to do with the products.

  • CliveK - 2013-07-17 16:32

    What's new in the zoo?

  • Rob Martin - 2013-07-17 16:44

    Supporting their buddy's with a fat under the table kick back at Christmas.

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-07-17 19:28

    Welcome to ANC country.. Do not forget the arms theft. How many past and present presidents with their ministers shared the profits?

  • Boy Bana - 2013-07-17 23:30

    What else did you expect.did you expect them too do business the honest way.. Forget it. It will never happen. Its the only way they know

  • Thabang Mpye - 2013-07-18 06:23

    Geeezzz, I am black, I am an ANC member but pleeeeezzzzz, the is THEFT!!!!!!!

  • Thabang Mpye - 2013-07-18 06:24

    Geeezzzzz, I am black, I am an ANC member, but this is THEFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Errol Wagner - 2013-07-18 09:17

    There is no hope until these crooks are jailed.

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