The complaint was lodged by topographical, engineering and land-survey firm Young, Stuart & Associates, which has suggested that the results of the tender demonstrate a lack of competitiveness in the process, as “only two very contrasting tenders were submitted,” according to CEO Norman Stuart.
Consequently, he recommends that the contract be unbundled and retendered.
The CIDB received the complaint on May 28 and is currently reviewing the tender docu-ments, reports CIDB procurement manager Malcolm Pautz.
Responding to Stuart’s complaint, Sanral CEO Nazir Alli says that the specifications of the criteria were spelled out clearly in the tender document.
“Stuart is the only person in the entire industry who has complained about the tender document,” Alli tells Engineering News.
But Stuart believes that the tender, which was issued in mid-February, should have been extended, as it involved in-depth management-related work.
Moreover, if one had to compare the size of the project to a normal tender that is normally valued at about R500 000, the disparity is significant.
The contract was awarded to MHP, which submitted a tender proposal for R104-million.
The only other proposal received was from Global Geometrics Joint Venture – for R509-million.
“The significant difference in price of 386% shows that the joint-venture company did not know what was required,” says Stuart.
He suggests that MHP had a better understanding of the requirements and, thus, the company had an advantage in the preparation of its tender.
Sanral engineering support services manager Jacko Wiesner told Engineering News early this year that the survey will assist the agency in compiling accurate records of its assets, in addition to promoting surveyors from previously-disadvantaged communities.