THE CITY of Cape Town is to investigate the R9 million tender for the decommissioning of Athlone power station, after the ANC claimed the process followed was anti-competitive and unfair.
Aurecon, the company that conducted a pre-feasibility study at the power station and compiled the tender for the city, also won it.
The decommissioning was originally supposed to take three years but yesterday a proposal was tabled at a council meeting to extend it to five years.
When the ANC said the tender process had been anti-competitive, Mayor Patricia de Lille withdrew the item and called for further investigation.
ANC councillor Bheki Hadebe said Aurecon had been unfairly advantaged because it had been involved in the two-year pre-feasibility study.
Hadebe said the company had been involved in drafting the tender, including details such as cost estimates and a proposed work plan.
ANC chief whip Xolani Sotashe said the incident showed problems in supply chain management.
Al Jama-ah councillor Ganief Hendricks said it was an example of tender manipulation.
In its bid to win the tender, Aurecon referred to its experience at the power station. “Through our involvement in compiling a scope of works for this project as part of our previous appointment, we believe we have demonstrated an integral understanding of the complexities involved and the work required,” it said.