With every news report coming out over the City of Tshwane’s tender with the company GladAfrica, the reader is left puzzled and amazed that so much outright lies can be told .One is also left astounded that the media is not doing more to uncover the details of this giant scandal.
To summarize : about R500 million has been paid to GladAfrica by the City of Tshwane so far – in other words from the pocket of Tshwane ratepayers – to provide middleman consultancy services.
GladAfrica was basically appointed to be a middleman to appoint others to do infrastructure work of R12 billion.
This is a sort of project management unit, the very same concept that was employed by the Provincial government in Limpopo in 2009 when they also created a project management unit which was then outsourced to a company called On Point Engineering in which Julius Malema of the EFF had a shareholding through his Ratanang Trust.
The GladAfrica tender awarded by City Manager Moeketsi Mosola ,who is widely believed to be an EFF trojan horse, has the EFF and Malema’s fingerprints all over it.
Malema has now also said that they are not satisfied to be the DA’s silent partner in the City of Tshwane anymore and that they want to have MEC positions in the City of Tshwane after the elections in May.
The following was reported by News24 on 2019-03-10:
“GladAfrica continues to occupy the City of Tshwane’s Infotech Building, the headquarters of the roads and transport unit in Hatfield, without paying a cent for rent.
Despite the metro having paid more than R400m for the GladAfrica contract since its inception, the company has to date used, for free, the Tshwane offices to carry out its services.” End of News24 quote.
The council further resolved on February 28 that GladAfrica will continue with outstanding work and that this will incur further cost of about R250 million. The ANC in the council referred to this as a golden handshake.
The Sowetan reported and I quote:
“I am pleased to announce my intention to terminate the consultancy agreement between the City of Tshwane and GladAfrica Project Managers by mutual consent on 30 June 2019.” said Mokgalapa.
Mokgalapa said it was anticipated that at the end of the 2018/2019 financial year-end, an additional R250m will be incurred” End of Sowetan quote.
Stevens Mokgalapa is the new DA mayor of Tshwane who took over from Solly Msimanga.
In the News24 report Mosola confirms that GladAfrica will contnue with outstandng work, for which they will obviously have to be paid.
I quote News24:
“However, the city’s council on February 28 resolved that the company should continue with its work.
“This will be so until all the outstanding work is completed in line with the City of Tshwane council resolution of February 28, 2019,” city manager Moeketsi Mosola told News24″
In the same News24 report Mogalapa says:
“Council decided to terminate the contract with immediate effect and no further payments would be made to GladAfrica.
“The R250m falls off,” he said.
So Mosola says GladAfrica is continuing with its work whilst Mokgalapa denies it.
Who is fooling who?