Cape Town charges officials over tender

TAKING ACTION: Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille. Photo: Trevor Samson
TAKING ACTION: Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille. Photo: Trevor Samson

THE City of Cape Town has launched a formal disciplinary process against officials implicated in a multi-million rand tender for the decommissioning of the Athlone power station.

Mayor Patricia de Lille made the announcement at a council meeting at the Civic Centre yesterday.

At the time of the alleged scandal late last year, ANC chief whip in Cape Town, Xolani Sotashe, questioned how the R11-million tender was awarded to engineering company Aurecon.

The ANC believed the awarding of the tender flouted the city's supply chain management policy of implementing a system that is fair, equitable and competitive.

In yesterday's meeting, Sotashe accused deputy mayor Ian Neilson of misleading the city concerning the granting of the tender to Aurecon and called for his dismissal.

De Lille told the council that the city had written to Aurecon and was awaiting the company's response regarding the way forward.

She said Aurecon's lawyers had asked for certain information -which the city provided. Aurecon had then asked for an extension until yesterday to reply.

"We have instituted a formal disciplinary process in respect of the employees implicated in the awarding of the tender. Details will be announced at a later stage," she said.

De Lille also said the temporary relocation of more than 800 families from BM section in Khayelitsha was on track. The families lost their homes in a fire on New Year's Day. Five people perished in the blaze.

De Lille said the city and provincial government had met with representatives of the families and were fast tracking development of a temporary relocation area near OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha.

"Earthworks have been completed. Very soon those residents still in the community hall will be accommodated on the site," she said.

In addition, the city would develop another site in Mfuleni with the necessary services to accommodate yet more victims of the blaze, De Lille added.

Cosatu provincial secretary and leader of the opposition in the municipality, Tony Ehrenreich, yesterday urged the city to honour the promises it made to the victims of the fire.

"Millions of rands are being spent at the V&A Waterfront, Sea Point and other affluent areas while there is no development or resources for the Cape Flats," Ehrenreich said.

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