Tender trouble at waste company

2012-10-26 17:21

Johannesburg - An investigation has uncovered evidence of "irregular" tenders awarded by City of Johannesburg waste management company, Pikitup.

"Having concluded the forensic investigation... [the] report confirms that there is prima facie evidence of irregular awarding of contracts," mayoral committee member Matshidiso Mfikoe said in a statement on Friday.

The investigation was carried out by the Joburg Risk and Audit Service and Ernst & Young.

According to the statement, the report found some contracts awarded by Pikitup were in contravention of prescribed legislation, policies and procedures.

It also implicated a number of employees and board members.

Pikitup is a municipal entity mandated to provide waste management services in the greater Johannesburg area.

The company's interim board appointed Ernst & Young in June last year to conduct an in-depth forensic audit into allegations of corruption. This came after the resignation of nine members of its previous board.

Mfikoe said: "The main objective of [the audit] was to establish whether the awarding of tenders and the extension of contracts to service providers during the tenure of the previous board was in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Finance Management Act."

Ernst & Young had found that several high-ranking officials had "misused" their position to influence the awarding of tenders and the extension of contracts.

"Such activities have exposed Pikitup to risks of corruption, and may have been motivated by personal interests," Mfikoe said.

The report had identified irregularities and appointments in relation to the fleet and waste collection service, street cleaning, internal technology solutions, refuse removal and ancillary service, and the operation and maintenance of plants and equipment.

It recommended that current managing director Amanda Nair take action, which might include suspension and disciplinary processes.

Pikitup was conducting further investigations, Mfikoe said.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-10-26 17:31

    Really? how surprising ..

  • bennie.kruger.5 - 2012-10-26 17:34

    Well this is what the Majority voted for - not surprized

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-26 17:55

      So the majority told you that they were voting for corruption and mismanagent? Are you using your brain or your behind? Methinks the latter

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-26 18:43

      18 years Temba, 18 years.

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-26 18:44

      18 years?

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-26 18:45

      18 years

      johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-27 00:34

      I agree Themba, but they voted for them.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-27 06:47

      That's no different from preaching to the converted or telling everyone who cares to listen that 1 1 =2. In fact the ANC was not voted for by the majority. Only about 1 million votes put them in power in a country of around 49 million people

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-27 07:12

      Adaptated from ( How to defeat the ANC: No one can blame any black South African for supporting the ANC – the ANC defeated the Apartheid Monster which whites kept alive for decades, with their votes. To win a woman’s heart, the new suitor to be must persuade her to fall out of love with her current love. Very few voters consider facts, such as facts may exist or be shared; very few are swayed by speeches or advertisements; most vote to keep the perceived danger out: White supremacy such as is espoused by johann enslin and bennie kruger. Go figure!

      juannepierre - 2012-10-28 08:23

      But themba, is the fear of white supremacy really constitute a reason to vote for someone? Do you realize people voted for the NP back lapa days out of fear that the black man will kill them, because that is what they were told? Fear, my brother, is where corruption grows it's legs. Now you tell me, as a whitey, how am I suppose to convince a person, who already sees me as the enemy, that I'm not out for white supremacy as much as I am searching for sustainable development? and if one believes that the ANC was legit after how Mbeki was treated, prior to this last election, then those voters were not only scared but blind as well.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-28 15:13

      Juannepierre believe it or not, our people are told that apartheid will be reintroduced. People who continue to ill-treat and abuse them, and those who gratuitously throw insult only serve to reinforce those lies. I'm not going to prescribe how you should related to black people except to say that show them they have nothing to fear from another member of the human race who just happens to be a different colour

  • aiazmir - 2012-10-26 17:37

    Typical ANC mismanagement and maladministration. The ANC seem to be creating an avalanche of corruption that will be unstoppable. Every day, or every second day there is a new report on corruption. They spend R trillion a year, and i wonder how much of that falls into the hands of the members of the ANC at the expense of its voters, particularly the poor who they purport to support.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-26 18:08

      Not much is going to change though. This new MD is also a deployed cadre of the ANC appointed by the Joburg Mayor, Parks Tau. What this mismanagement has merely offered is an opportunity for her to bring her own people as she does everywhere she goesM ask anyone who worked at the Local Organising Committee what a devil incarnate she is

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-26 17:52

    No wonder Joburg is so filthy.

  • tiaan.vanderberg.75 - 2012-10-26 20:40

    Themba my good man, I know that the Anc did not say they are gonna steal and corrupt. I know they said that they are gonna bring a better life to everyone. But surely no one can be so stupid as to still believe that. Actions do speak louder than words. Your people deserve a better life. It is indeed true that your people had a raw deal. But that can change and need to change. But it will not change if they keep on voting for the people in charge.It is madnees to keep on voting for them and think things will change. If good and intellegent people, like it seems you are one, do not do your part to change the views of the voters they will keep on suffering. The time has come for Iike minded people to stand together.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-26 20:57

      That's very true Tiaan. And I can assure I'm doing the best I can to ensure that I educate my people to vote with their heads. But people like Kruger are reversing all that. Honestly, in what way do his condescending words help educate anyone? Black people rub shoulders with white people. They work in your houses, gardens, and you also meet them at work. You have the duty to educate them just as much as I do, and telling them that they voted for corruption is certainly not the most intelligent way to convince them to change their voting pattern

  • tiaan.vanderberg.75 - 2012-10-26 21:21

    Themba I agree. I believe this country has a future if likeminded people get together and stand together. we can make it work. But we will have to swing the voters to oust the ANC. I just dont know if that is possible. People have tendency to support the winning team. I think a lot of white folk voted for the NP for the same reason black folk are voting for the ANC. It seems like cultural deciept not to. Just as you would have battled to get white afrikaner people to think and not vote NP, we are now sitting with the same problem. I sometimes get the idea that a lot of black people think the way me and you do, but when they vote they somehow feel obliged to vote ANC. It will take a strong black leader who has an unblemished record to take a stance. Somehow something has to be done.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-10-26 22:12

      There is hope Tiaan. We just need to start treating others as we would like to be - recognise the humanity and dignity of others, which draws them closer, and makes it easier to persuade them. I have had heated arguments with friends trying to persuade them to realise that we can no longer vote on the basis of historical sentiments, but on the basis of what will be good for the collective, which is SA in her entirety. I can assure you that even though arguments get heated, as long as insults are kept out of the discussions, good points eventually result in concessions. My sister and brother in law were passionate supporters. You will be surprised to hear them talk today. Through persistent logical arguments and reasoning, they were persuaded to become the most critical opponents of the current corrupt regime. I just lose it when people choose to throw insults just to get a large number of 'likes' because they are undoing our work and making it difficult for those of us who are working tirelessly to change mindsets of especially black people in relation to what most perceive as inherent racism in white people. Black people are stuck with white people. We have to work together for the common good

  • derek.wright.7370 - 2012-10-27 08:20

    Are we surprised? Just run of the mill thievery by anc cadres

  • jim.binnie.1 - 2012-10-27 10:12

    @Themba and Tiaan. Congratulations to both of you for having a constructive and sensible discussion on this topic. So much better than the usual rubbish blogged by people who tend to start typing before thinking things through.

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-10-27 11:31

    Vat hom flaffie!!!

  • JamesMWood - 2012-10-27 18:41

    Read the headline and was honestly shocked, really, tender trouble, surely not with all our strictly adhered to rules and regulations

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-27 20:49

    Why suspension?? Fire the bloody lot!!!

  • marius.vanrooyen.37 - 2012-10-28 17:36

    @ themba. Please can we have more people like you. The ANC is deliberate in sabotaging the education in this country for 1 simple reason... Keep the majority of the country uneducated, and you will stay in power FOREVER!!!

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