Top firms locked in row over tender

MPUMALANGA Economic Growth Agency has denied awarding lucrative information and technology contracts despite proof to the contrary.

According to the minutes of a meeting between Mega and ICT-Works about the awarding of the ICT services tender, the purpose of the meeting was to clarify the details of the Mega award letter.

The letter awarded ICT-Works the contract to render the services and the meeting took place on July 16, a few months after Premier David Mabuza announced that the parastatal would merge with two other government parastatals.

Sources claim that the communications contract was worth R9million but Mega acting communications manager Samantha Beresford denied the figure.

The parastatals Mabuza announced as the ones to merge with Mega were the Mpumalanga Agricultural Development Agency and Mpumalanga Housing Finance Corporation.

Mega chief executive Nosizwe Nokwedenied on Monday that the parastatal had entered into major contracts after Mabuza's announcement of the merger and moratorium.

In her explanation Nokwe claimed that two IT companies, Dimension Data and ICT-Works, were appointed just to replace G-Tech, a Johannesburg-based IT service provider owned by Grant Murray.

She said the relationship between G-tech and Mega had soured after it was discovered that the former was disseminating information to a suspended employee, Petunia Morgan, who then "gave the information to a local newspaper".

Morgan was later fired in absentia before the hearing was concluded as she was on sick leave at the time.

But sources close to Mega told Sowetan that Morgan could not be the only one leaking information to the media because two IT employees were also fired from the institution and they could also be bitter.

"We established that G-Tech was intercepting our crucial information and giving it to Morgan.

"For this reason we terminated the company's contract and also followed legal procedures to raid its property to collect all the information that belonged to us," said Nokwe.

Armed with an order from the the sheriff of the court, Mega senior officials pounced into Murray's property in Roodepoort on Friday morning and confiscated all information related to Mega.

Murray confirmed the raid but said he was upset with Mega because instead of talking with him they ran to courts and denied ever having given Morgan any information.

Morgan is said to be challenging her dismissal in the labour court.