Cape Town - The city has cancelled over 86 tenders valued at R5.9 billion, mostly because good rains broke the drought.
The city’s mayoral committee member for finance, Ian Neilson, said these were tenders that were cancelled, not awarded contracts.
“Tenders were cancelled for various reasons, including that some bids received were not compliant to specifications, the bid specifications were unclear, the market did not respond or there were compliance challenges.
“It amounts to 16% of tenders, but the previous two financial years were influenced markedly by the drought. One can see that in 2017/18 the number of cancelled tenders was 58; in 2018/19 it was 86 cancellations as compared with 2016/17, when the cancellations were 29 because the drought crisis persisted from early 2017 to the first quarter of 2018,” Nelson said.
By far the largest portion of the tenders that were cancelled was drought-related tenders.