Johannesburg’s new mayor, Herman Mashaba announced that all Joburg’s tender meetings and awarding of tenders will soon be made open to interested members of the public for proper scrutiny.
Days after DA’s newly elected mayor for Tshwane, Msimanga announced his final termination of the era of issuing tenders behind closed doors, Herman Mashaba follows suit by announcing his preparation to make all Joburg’s tender meetings public for all to see.
“This is a first for the City of Joburg,” he said on Wednesday.
“The days of important decisions relating to the use of public money being made behind closed doors‚ where corruption is able to raise its ugly head‚ is coming to an end‚” he said
Speaking of his plans to make make all Joburg’s tender meetings public as announced, the mayor said that he had written to the City Manager‚ Trevor Fowler‚ instructing him to start the process of amending the City’s Supply Chain Management Policy to allow for the bid adjudication committee‚ executive adjudication committee‚ intermediate adjudication committee and central adjudication committee to be open to the public.
“These are the crucial stages at which a tender is assessed and adjudicated on its merits and awarded to the best applicant.” he said, promising that the public will soon be involved in the tender dealings as the amended Supply Chain Management Policy will appear before the sitting of Council on 27 October for a vote.
“A vote against this amendment will be a vote in favor of corruption. The residents of this City have suffered for too long under previous administrations which have abused their trust and stolen their money.
“…No longer will the politically connected be receiving tenders with their sole responsibility being to sub-tender to smaller parties while lining their own pockets.
“Opening up the competitive bidding process to members of the public would be in line with the principles of transparency and fairness‚ as enshrined in our Constitution.
“[making all Joburg’s tender meetings public] will also encourage the growth and development of small businesses‚ who in the past never stood a chance‚ because they were not part of the politically connected elite,” Mashaba said.
Mashaba had during his inaugural speech, promised to build a fair Johannesburg that all will be proud to call home. Just like Msimanga, the mayor of Tswane, Mashaba promised to operate in a corrupt free environment by being as transparent as possible in his political dealings.
“Johannesburg is a great city. It is a melting pot of cultures. It’s the heartbeat of our nation. But Johannesburg can be even greater” business-minded Herman Mashaba reportedly said.