Multi Million Rand Sewer Tender Must Be Investigated

13 June 2013    


The IFP calls on the Public Protector to urgently investigate the multi million Rand tender awarded to PMPZ Construction by the uMhlathuze Municipality for work on a new sewer system in the Mzingazi Area in Richards Bay.


IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Peter Smith (MP) said, "PMPZ Construction was awarded the tender at a bidding price of approximately R9.6-million, while another bidder, WJ Building, had the second lowest at R8.7-million; yet the lower bidder was disqualified.


The Municipality was yet to respond as to why it awarded the tender to the higher bidder, when WJ Building was advised earlier this year that the PMPZ tender price had now dropped to R8.7-million and it had been authorised to move on site, resulting in WJ Building submitting an urgent interdict."


The municipality is also at risk of losing funding earmarked for the sewer project from National Treasury if it is not utilised by the end of this month.


"The absence of a sewer system in Mzingazi is causing severe pressure on the already ageing pit toilet system, which could end up contaminating the adjacent Mzingazi Lake with human waste. The legal battle on this matter is causing major delays in the construction work," said Smith.


The IFP calls on the MEC of Co-operative Governance in KwaZulu Natal to institute her own investigation on the overall state of the uMhlathuze Municipality.


Issued by:

IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs,

Mr.Peter Smith MP, 083 299 9687


IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 24 5675