Jan 13, 2011
AG to probe 13 Gauteng roads and transport contractsBack
© Reuse this
The Auditor-General would probe whether there was due diligence on the part of departmental officials and compliance with the established regulatory framework, Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Thursday.
The contracts under investigation related to the R900-million worth of contracts for the construction of roads over three years, the R49-million provision of security to premises and buildings of the department and the R1,3-million intelligent number plate project.
It also included the R35-million establishment of new driver-learner testing stations, the R4-million installation of a biometric verification system and the R20-million construction and renovation at a building.
A preliminary review of available departmental records conducted by the MEC’s office and the Auditor-General had shown that there were grounds for a further, in-depth investigation into the matter.
Most of the contracts were awarded shortly after the appointment of the new MEC on November 3, when the government was reshuffled.
Although Vadi officially took over the position on November 3, he was abroad at the time and only returned on November 10, to take up office.
The MEC had urged the Auditor-General to complete the investigation as soon as possible, so that it does not compromise the Gauteng government’s programmes of building roads and meeting the service delivery commitments.
The investigation, which started on Monday, would take 12 weeks to complete.
Vadi said that no officials were suspended pending the outcome of the investigation, but added that disciplinary or criminal action would be taken, if irregular or wrongful conduct was uncovered.
Meanwhile, the MEC stated that the single most significant challenge to the Department of Roads and Transport was its perceived negative public image.
“Whether it is true or not, the perception exists that the department’s procurement and tender processes lacked integrity and transparency,” he noted.
Vadi expressed his determination to ensure integrity in the procurement process in the department.
“The current investigation will hopefully either reveal compliance with regulatory framework or show up weaknesses in the system that will have to be rectified,” he said.
Edited by: Mariaan Webb© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Video News
Updated 1 hour 14 minutes ago China appears to have been routinely underestimating output from its sprawling steel sector, with official figures for last year alone 40-million tonnes below a key industry estimate - an amount equivalent to Germany's entire annual production. Beijing has vowed to...
Recent Research Reports
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
This Week's Magazine
South Africa remains an important manufacturing and export platform for Ford Motor Company, says executive chairperson Bill Ford. However, he adds that other countries on the continent are “becoming interesting”, and that the US carmaker is casting its net wider for...
Germany’s Max-Planck-Society (MPG) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPlfR) are investing €11-million (about R150-million) into South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array programme. The money will be used to design, build and install S-band radio...
Infrastructure spend in sub-Saharan Africa will grow from $70-billion in 2013 to $180-billion by 2025, says PwC capital projects and infrastructure Africa leader Jonathan Cawood. This is one of the findings of PwC’s Capital Projects & Infrastructure report on East...
Private-owned defence and aerospace manufacturer Paramount Group and the Ichikowitz Family Foundation unveiled its Anti-Poaching Skills and K9 Training Academy in Magaliesburg last month.
The inclusion of Bluetooth to provide sub-three meter accuracy and heightened functionality for users is one of the ways to change existing wireless networks into engagement networks. An engagement network differs from common wireless networks in that it enables the...