Union calls for probe into tender for 40 buses: Daily Dispatch

THE South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) has called for a probe into the Mayibuye Transport Corporation and the details around the awarding of a multimillion-rand bus tender to an unknown company.

Satawu deputy general secretary Nicholas Maziya said the awarding of the tender to a firm which was “obviously” unable to deliver, concerned the union.

“We call for a probe into how this … contract was awarded. For starters, the new buses were meant to replace MTC’s ageing fleet. This non-delivery means old buses continue to be used, raising questions about the safety of commuters and drivers.”

Maziya said the drivers were Satawu members, and the union was obligated to ensure they enjoyed safe working conditions.

The union’s call comes a few days after the DA called for a probe. DA shadow MEC for transport, Marshall von Buchenroder said the allegations about the bus tender at MTC needed to be investigated, and the delay in the delivery of buses to Mayibuye had had a bad effect on commuters.

The calls for a probe come after Siga Capital Asset Finance and Lease was awarded a tender to deliver 40 buses, but is struggling to meet the total.

The company is owned by Patuxolo Nodada, who is a director in more than 30 other companies.

Only 21 buses have been delivered by the company so far, with half of them currently being fixed at Ronnies Motors as they did not meet the required specifications.

The Daily Dispatch last week revealed how the tender was awarded to Siga Capital despite one of the key tender bid committees disqualifying it. Siga was registered last year, a few months before the tender was awarded. — bonganif@dispatch.co.za