Investigation reveals damning facts

The Managing Director at Pikitup, Lungile Dhlamini, will have to implement the recommendations in the investigation's report. Photo: Randburg Sun

 

After launching an investigation into Pikitup’s acquisition of six unused waste crushers in 2014, some damning facts have been uncovered.

In a recent press release, the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) said he received the report of an investigation conducted by Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo Incorporated into the R36 million tender.

“To my alarm, it has been determined that the actual cost of the contract was over R53 million – inclusive of 36 months of full maintenance and training of Pikitup staff. The same bidder was also awarded a tender for the provision and full maintenance of four green waste chipping machines, at a cost of more than R6 million,” the mayor said.

The report stated that of the six waste crushers, the one at Robinson Deep Landfill Site, and two at the Marie Louise Landfill Site, were not operational, and due to a shortage of rubble, the one at Goudkoppies Landfill Site is not being used.

Of the four green waste chippers, only the one at the Linksfield Garden Site is operational.

The following red flags were also highlighted in the report:

• The Bid Evaluation Committee (BEC) approved procurement of six rubble crushers, but the Waste Management Plan (WMP) provided for only four,

• The tender was advertised for less than the required 14 days,

• The BEC failed to diligently evaluate the bids,

• The minutes of the BEC meetings, where recommendations were made, are unavailable,

• The increase in the number of the green waste chippers was not properly authorised,

• At the time of the report, there were no usage reports for the green waste chippers,

• The allocation of project managers to the contracts was not formalised.

“As this report has now landed on my desk, under the magnifying glass, I will need my predecessor, councillor Parks Tau, to explain how more than R60 million could have been misspent under his watch, while the City faces a R170 billion infrastructure backlog.The report will also be forwarded to Pikitup’s Managing Director, Lungile Dhlamini, to ensure the recommendations made in the report, are implemented,” said the mayor.

He commended the Group Forensic and Investigation Service Department (GFIS) for vigorously investigating any allegations of fraud and corruption, and he thanked the Hawks for their continued support.

He concluded by saying, “I would like to encourage residents to report any fraudulent and corrupt activities through the 24-hour tip-off hotline (0800 002 587) or by visiting the GFIS offices at 48 Ameshoff Street, Braamfontein.”

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