- Motshekga has come under scrutiny again after a R600 million contract
- The Minister of Basic Education was asked to explain the tender process of a R600 million contract awarded to Rand Water
- The contract was awarded to Rand Water to supply water tanks to 3 500 schools
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The Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has come under fire once more after a R600 million water tanks contract.
Motshekga has defended the awarding of a R600 million contract to supply 3 500 schools with water tanks despite the department not following the normal tender process.
"There was deviation from normal tender processes because of the emergency nature of the situation as the provision of water was a prerequisite to the reopening of schools."
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Motshekga was responding to a question posed by Freedom Front Plus MP Wynand Boshoff, who asked if the asked if the department awarded tenders connected to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The FF Plus MP wanted to know the details of the tenders, names of service providers awarded contracts and whether there was any deviation from the standard supply chain management procedures.
Motshekga said the contract was awarded to Rand Water for the provision of water tanks and water to 3500 schools to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
She added that the procurement was done in terms of National Treasury regulations. Motshekga said:
"The tender was awarded to Rand Water due to their proven track record of delivering huge projects within a short space and also because they are an entity of government through the Department of Water and Sanitation."
Boshoff said Motshekga's responses left more questions than answers. He said:
"By doing a division sum, one realises that just more than R170000 was spent per school. Average numbers are, however, problematic and do not necessarily provide reliable information about any one particular case."
Boshoff added that according to broad cost calculations his party obtained from the industry, the spending in question seemed to be excessive at first glance.
The MP added that Motshekga needed to provide more information about the expenditure in order to lay their suspicion to rest.
Rand Water Chief Executive Sipho Mosai said a total of 2 443 out of the 2 634 schools received water tanks nationwide.
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