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Robert Gumede And Joburg Mayor In A Warm Warm


IT investor Robert Gumede is set to square up in court against City of Joburg chairman Herman Mashaba over IT tenders worth near R1-billion.

The two heavyweights will secure horns in the South Gauteng High Court in Joburg after Gijima, an IT company wholly owned by Gumede’s Guma Group, filed two court applications against the City of Joburg challenging the appointment of three service providers on three tenders worth R410-million, R415-million and R95-million respectively.

According to court papers seen by Sunday World, Gijima claimed that its evaluation points were given to two IT companies, EOH Mthombo and Dimension Data, to help boost their success in clinching the two major IT tenders by City of Joburg officials who were part of the bid adjudication processes.

The Midrand-based company, according to its chief operating officer Moses Maphumuza Nxumalo’s affidavit, states that they attempted several times, through numerous letters to the city and its mayor, to establish the outcome of the tenders which it bid for, but to no avail.

In the affidavit, Nxumalo also revealed that in the R415-million tender for SAP implementation, Gijima scored only one for enterprise-wide architecture at a bid price of R12-million on June 8 2016.

IT tycoon Robert Gumede is set to square up in court against City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba over IT tenders worth close to R1-billion.

The two heavyweights will lock horns in the South Gauteng High Court in Joburg after Gijima, an IT company wholly owned by Gumede’s Guma Group, filed two court applications against the City of Joburg challenging the appointment of three service providers on three tenders worth R410-million, R415-million and R95-million respectively.

According to court papers seen by Sunday World, Gijima claimed that its evaluation points were given to two IT companies, EOH Mthombo and Dimension Data, to help boost their success in clinching the two major IT tenders by City of Joburg officials who were part of the bid adjudication processes.

The Midrand-based company, according to its chief operating officer Moses Maphumuza Nxumalo’s affidavit, states that they attempted several times, through numerous letters to the city and its mayor, to establish the outcome of the tenders which it bid for, but to no avail.

In the affidavit, Nxumalo also revealed that in the R415-million tender for SAP implementation, Gijima scored only one for enterprise-wide architecture at a bid price of R12-million on June 8 2016.

EOH communications manager Katlego Ledimo confirmed that they were the successful bidders for the tender in question.

“To the best of our knowledge, both Gijima and EOH were awarded different scopes of work in respect of the tender, and both companies are currently providing their respective services to the client.

“EOH received an award for three of the four service areas and to the best of our knowledge the fourth service area was awarded to Gijima,” she said.

Another tender disputed by Gijima in their papers was for outsourced information technology services which was valued at more than R300-million and submitted in December 2015.

In their papers, Gijima revealed that they submitted a bid of R272-million for the contract but say that they learnt that Dimension Data together with Vanity Consulting were already doing that work.

Gijima alleged in their papers that Dimension Data was awarded the tender at a bid price of R410-million and they wanted to find out why the company was chosen over them while they were the lowest and most compliant bidder.

Dimension Data spokeswoman Marian Scala acknowledged that they were awarded the contract by the City of Joburg.

“The award is public knowledge and can be confirmed on the city’s website,” Scala said.

“Dimension Data is aware of the application as it was served on it, as one of the interested parties … and the application has been handed to its attorneys to review before a decision will be made to respond to it and to any allegations contained in the application. Dimension Data knows of no corruption involving the award of this RFP,” she said.

The court documents further state that Gijima also disputed the tender to provide SAP system functionality and training support which they bid at an amount of R95-million.

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