PREMIER Helen Zille says her administration has learnt its lessons in the wake of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s probe into its R70 million communication tender – and will follow the correct procedures in the future.
Last week Madonsela found maladministration and fruitless and wasteful expenditure on the part of the premier’s department, but found nothing unlawful.
In her final report, the public protector also took into account the report of the Provincial Treasury on the procurement process and its “transversal nature, which made a number of negative findings against the department”.
“However, although it was concluded that TBWA would in any event have been awarded the contract, the supply chain management process revealed a lack of control measures and good governance principles,” said Madonsela.
She said the premier’s department had identified the need for a single brand identity and communication strategy for the Western Cape provincial government prior to 2010. The objective was to procure a transversal term contract applicable to all provincial departments.
Zille told the Cape Times that her administration has learnt that the correct officials in supply chain management must identify transversal tenders upfront, and implement the correct procedures for such tenders from the start so that there was no need to re-advertise.
“We also know that score sheets and a summarised meeting report from a bid evaluation committee are not believed to constitute minutes, as we previously believed, and we will have separate minutes of such meetings in future,” said Zille.
The ANC, however, said it won’t let the matter go easily and plans to take the Western Cape communication tender to the Public Service Commission and the auditor-general.