- Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi has had to clear the air after it emerged that Bidvest was cleaning schools amid the Covid-19 crisis
- One person had questioned why the massive company was used and not smaller black-owned businesses
- However, the politician has revealed that Bidvest had actually donated the service in a bid to help out
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Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesuf was left explaining himself recently when a citizen questioned why the opportunity to clean schools was handed over to Bidvest.
The person questioned why the contract to disinfect schools against the coronavirus was awarded to the massive company:
"Again Bidvest? What for? What's going on in this country? Where are small-medium black companies to do this kinda work?"
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With more than a few eyebrows raised over the alleged appointment of the company, Lesufi clarified that:
"It’s not true. Bidvest made a donation to clean previously disadvantaged schools free of charge as part of their social responsibility programme. The Gauteng Dept. of Education has transferred funds to all schools to hire local businesses beyond the Bidvest’s donation."
In addition to this, he posted the documents where it reveals that Bidvest had indeed donated the service to Gauteng schools.
Briefly.co.za reported that schools in South Africa, even in Gauteng where the number of infections is high, will be reopening as of 1 June.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had vowed that the safety of learners remains the utmost priority as pupils begin returning in staggered phases.
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