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Tender trouble
SUED: North West District Council

COURT CASE STALLS SCHOOLS CONSTRUCTION IN NORTH WEST

North West District council has been dragged to court by five construction companies it had previously awarded tenders to for the construction of various classrooms in the area.

Allegedly the five companies, including two others who have not filed before court, recently won the council tenders, a confirmation of which was made through the government gazette.

However, before the parties could enter into signed contracts with the council, other bidders raised concerns and complained against discrepancies they alleged occurred during the adjudication process. The council subsequently called for fresh bidding for the same tenders.

Dupa Enterprises Corporation (PTY) LTD, L& H Construction (PTY) LTD, Julu Investments (PTY) LTD, Cornicles Building Construction (PTY) LTD and Chareu Investment (PTY)) LTD, who won the said tenders before they were cancelled, have filed an urgent application before Lobatse High Court.

In the notice of motion already filed in court, the companies want Justice Ranier Busang, to interdict and restrain the council from “re-tendering and or otherwise dealing in any manner with the tenders pending the final determination of an application for review of the acting council secretary decision to cancel the said tenders.”

The tenders are believed to be worth about P77 million and are for the construction of additional classrooms in various primary schools in Maun and surrounding areas.

The schools include: Komana, Toteng, Legotlhwane, Boyei, Boseja, Disaneng, Shakawe, Samochima, Kathiala and Mohembo primary schools.

The council is represented by Lawrence Lecha of Lecha and Associates while Uyapo Ndadi of Ndadi Lawfirm represents the companies in this matter.