Municipal tender goes to failed bid
A LIMPOPO security company has been awarded a tender under controversial circumstances after it was eliminated during the evaluation process.
The three-year tender was awarded though the company failed to meet some of the application requirements.
Molemole municipality advertised a tender on November 11 last year for the provision of security services.
Records seen by Sowetan show that 24 companies bid for the tender, which closed on December 27.
Of the 24, two were disqualified on grounds that their representatives failed to attend a compulsory briefing session on November 15.
Matters came to a head when checks were made to determine whether the competing companies complied with the tender specifications.
It was discovered that Marumofase Security had failed to provide insurance cover for its employees, which was a prerequisite that should have resulted in the company's disqualification.
The municipality's tender committee identified seven companies as "responsive bids", not including Marumofase.
The committee also allocated points to the seven companies in terms of their capacities and capabilities.
Tyzer-T Security CC was identified as the successful bidder with 95.00 points, while the second was Afguard Security cc with 84.25 points.
The committee also recommended that Tyzer-T be appointed to the amount of R7,939,491.84.
But Marumofase was awarded the tender despite charging the municipality R10,789,639.96.
The company is owned by the brother of the municipality's project management unit head, Queen Morokolo.
Morokolo was not part of the procurement process.
As a result of the appointment, the municipality is set to lose nearly R3-million, which could have been saved by appointing the recommended company.
Approached for comment yesterday, municipal manager David Nkoana said the adjudication committee had recommended Marumofase.
But Nkoana could not explain why Marumofase had succeeded despite the company having been disqualified in the early stages of the bidding.
"The authentic report that recommends appointments is the adjudication," Nkoana said, "it was on that basis that we arrived at the decision to appoint Marumofase."
Nkoana said the evaluation report did not form the basis for an appointment.