The decision of the Sanral board was not implemented when evaluating the considered tenders.

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  • The Sanral council decided not to approve the award of four tenders worth more than 10.6 billion rupees due to “substantial irregularities”, and another tender worth 6.8 billion rupees was canceled.
  • One of the projects includes the Mtentu Bridge, which would become one of the tallest bridges in Africa and one of the longest bridges in the world.
  • The cancellation will delay the implementation of “major” infrastructure projects, said Sanral.

The Council of the South African National Road Agency (Sanral) has decided not to approve the award of four tenders worth Rs 10.6 billion due to “substantial irregularities”.

Another tender worth 6.8 billion rupees has been canceled.

In a statement, Sunral noted that the cancellation would delay the implementation of “major” infrastructure projects, but stressed the need to follow management procedures.

“… It cannot be said that management procedures should be thrown out of the window, because we are all in a hurry now,” the statement said.

The material violation in question is related to the decision of the council adopted in January 2020, which was not fulfilled in the evaluation of tenders.

“It is well known that in order to have a proper governance environment, council decisions must be followed by management – unless, of course, the argument is about the legality of the council decision in question.

“Any alternative to this will lead to disruption of governance and, indeed, chaos, which Sunral has so far avoided,” the statement said.

The decision of the council to cancel the tender was justified by the process of internal assurance and external legal opinion.

“No reasonable council would allow such awards to be awarded, despite the legal opinion and conclusions of the internal audit,” Sunral said.

Among the tenders that were not noted include the Mtentu Bridge project, worth about 3.4 billion rupees, which is part of the N2 Wild Coast Road project, aimed at connecting the four provinces; Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. Earlier, Sunral said that upon completion, the bridge will become one of the tallest bridges in Africa and one of the longest in the world.

Other tenders include the Ashbert interchange at N3 (Rs 1.8 billion), the rehabilitation of the R56 Matatiele interchange (Rs. 1.057 billion) and the improvement of the EB Cloete interchange (Rs 4.302 billion).

An open tender for the road, valued at Rs 6.8 billion, has been canceled.

Earlier on Wednesday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula voted in parliament on his ministry’s budget. Sunral’s transfers make up about a third (33.5%) of the department’s budget in the medium term.

The bulk of this allocated amount (59.3%), or 45.3 billion rupees, is earmarked for the modernization and reconstruction of roads without toll roads. The N2 Wild Coast project is earmarked Rs 3.7 billion and Rs 2.1 billion is earmarked for the Gauteng Motorway Improvement Project to fund abbreviated projects.

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