A R502 million tender was awarded to improve water supply in Mopani District Municipality, with R170 million paid to three companies to ensure consistent water supply, yet residents of the municipality are having a hard time with water City Press reports.
The report disclosed that an investigation has revealed that Mopani District Municipality residents ought not to experience water scarcity as three companies (LTE Consulting, and construction companies Khato Civils and South Zambezi) were granted a R502 million tender award to better water supply in the municipality.
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Aside the R170 Million, it was equally revealed that within two weeks, another R126 million payment was approved for an incomplete work.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the Water and Sanitation Minister, Nomvula Mokonyane appointed the state-owned water utility – Lepelle Northern Water to directly implement the R502 million contract, Lepelle in turn, appointed LTE Consulting as consulting engineers to take charge of the project.
Again, LTE reportedly appointed construction firms Khato Civils and South Zambezi to do the actual work. And in the end, the masses are left with no water.
Speaking about the irregularities surrounding the tender, an engineer related that LTE shouldn’t have won the contract as they are involved with consulting and not construction.
According to him, LTE was both the consulting engineers and the construction company before they ceded the contract to Khato. “They were both referee and player at the same time. This is unheard of in our sector. It is highly irregular,” he said.