City of Tshwane in another tender scandal

PRETORIA - The City of Tshwane has been implicated in yet another tender scandal, this time involving the City's immovable property portfolio that's worth R10-billion.

The contract is now the subject of an internal investigation.

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The City of Tshwane appointed engineering consultancy Aurecon last year to advise which of its 52,000 properties must be developed, leased or sold.

Two months before the contract was awarded, Zania Lambert - a senior municipal official who worked in the unit that initiated the contract -- resigned. She now consults for Aurecon on this project.

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Despite the seriousness of these allegations, it appears even the acting city manager isn't sure what transpired.

Moeketsi Ntsimane, said, "a systematic process of establishing the truth must happen."

Ntsimane says it'll take about three months for him to know the truth.

Both Aurecon and Lambert deny any wrongdoing, but a R12-billion contract the municipality had awarded to GladAfrica in a similar manner was recently declared unlawful by the Auditor-General.


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