Disclosure of e-tolling subcontractors a step in the right direction
Today, a reply to a DA parliamentary question has finally revealed the names of 27 out of the supposed 33 subcontractors involved with the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) consortium – the core contractor appointed by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) to roll out the e-toll project in Gauteng (see below).
This is a step in the right direction.
In the interest of transparency around this project, the DA has been calling for these names to be made public for some time now. SANRAL and ETC initially refused to identify the sub-contractors involved in the project.
The DA will scrutinise these names and look closely for any political connections that may have influenced the appointment of these subcontractors.
In addition, I will be asking follow-up questions in Parliament to ascertain the value of each sub-contract. I will also be questioning why only 27 names have been revealed as it has been reported that 33 subcontractors were involved in this project.
Making information publicly available promotes transparency and good governance. In future, it would be useful for the cloak of secrecy around contractors for massive infrastructure projects to be lifted from the outset. We also encourage government to follow suit in terms of other contracts it has so far been silent on; for example the Gautrain contract.
The DA will continue to push for transparency and openness in government in order to ensure that contracts are awarded on merit and the capacity to deliver, and not influenced by political patronage.
Statement issued by Ian Ollis MP, DA Shadow Minister of Transport, September 14 2012
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO 1859
DATE REPLY SUBMITTED: 14 SEPTEMBER 2012
DATE OF PUBLICATION IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER: FRIDAY, 27 JULY 2012 (INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 20 – 2012)
Mr I M Ollis (DA) asked the Minister of Transport:
1. When will the list of the 33 South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) subcontractors involved with the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) consortium be made public;
2 Whether all the names and details of the 33 subcontractors will be revealed in full; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW2251E
THE WRITTEN REPLY
The Minister of Transport:
1. The list is hereby attached.
Note, the main contract for the project is between SANRAL and the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC). SANRAL has one contractor to whom it looks to for performance under this contract, namely Electronic Toll Collection (ETC).
The contract for the design, build and operation of the tolling system, applicable to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, was concluded by the SANRAL with the company, ETC Proprietary Limited (ETC). This was pursuant to a competitive tender process undertaken by SANRAL. In terms of the Contract, ETC is obliged to design, build and operate the tolling system and has a contractual relationship with SANRAL in this regard.
Although ETC may have subcontracted part of the work, it is solely ETC that is accountable to SANRAL and SANRAL has no contractual or other relationship with the subcontractors appointed by ETC, in terms of the main contract. This is usual practice in contracts of this nature. SANRAL has one contractor to whom it looks to for performance under this Contract and has no contract with the subcontractors. However, in the spirit of transparency, ETC has acceded to the request to provide the list of its subcontractors.
2. The names and details are provided in the Table below.
Scope of Supplies & Services
|Eltonation Electrical||Building and electrical maintenance services||closed|
|Heritage Gardens||Landscaping, Irrigation and Indoor plant Rental maintenance Services||closed|
|3D Design||Design, Branding and Installation of PK’s||current|
|Scan Display/Ndlovu Manufacturing||Construction of Temporary Kiosks||current|
|Tsebo holdings t/a FEDICS||Provide canteen services||current|
|Impumelelo||Provision of furniture||closed|
|Clean Care Mobile||To provide cleaning, pest control, waste management and hygiene Services||current|
|Vodacom Service Provider Company (Pty) Ltd||Provision of connectivity. In particular MPLS VPN; Fibre – design & build, SLA, Routers; Internet; Temporary Microwave – design & build, Diginet design & build, SLA; 3G APN – design & build||Current|
|Internet Solutions||Provision of connectivity for remote sites and kiosk. In particular MPLS VPN VRF; Network Connectivity, Internet Breakout||Current|
|Neotel (Pty) Ltd||Provision of digital telephone lines from COC & Dalpark to the public. Providing design & build services and operations services||Current|
|e-Logics||Provision of SMS Gateway solution to TCH, VPC & ORT business units||current|
|G4S Secure Solutions||Cash in Transit||current|
|Omniscience||Development of static and dynamic Website||current|
|Supaswift (Pty) Ltd t/a Fedex Express||General Logistics and Central warehousing services (Tags and Consumables)TCH Services Goods Quality checks, Goods Storage/ Warehousing Inventory and Stock, Management Threshold monitoring Shipment preparation, Return, logistics Compilation of “tag in a bag”, ORT Services Distribution of goods, Call centre for road users Delivery to road users, Delivery to ETC sites, Emergency deliveries||current|
|Pepic & Kraus Print (Pty) Ltd||Printing of leaflets and instruction manuals||closed|
|CardPlus||Supplier of customer identification card||closed|
|Callforce||Supplier of temporary staffing for Call Centre, Manual Validation, Claims & Complaints and VPC||current|
|Softline VIP||Supplier of Payroll System & payroll services||expired|
|BidpaperPlus t/a Lithotech||Provision of: * 560k DL Envelopes; * System ; Development; * Stationery; * Automated Processes – print and postage services; * Packaging||Current|
|B/Sure Wright Surveillance||Purchase of Electrical fencing with a 1 year warranty||current|
|Fidelity Security||provide armed response and alarm monitoring services||current|
|Protea Coin||provide manned guarding services||current|
|Bidvest Magnum||CCTV System: Equipment purchase & installation agreement||closed|
|FNB||Rental of Pin Entry Devices||Current|
|Hyphen||Provision of Trade Quest Online Card Authorisation System||Current|
|Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd||Provision of: Account & Service Delivery Management; Service Management Tool Incident Management, Problem Management, Change Management, Logical Security Management, Asset & Configuration Management, Capacity Management, Availability Management, Network Support, IT Service Continuity Management, Database & Data Warehouse Services & Management , Support & Installations.||current|
|Q-Free Africa (Pty) Ltd||Tag Supply||current|
Issued by Parliament, September 16 2012