Meet the 38-year old South African involved in a R6 billion mask disaster in the UK

thechamp

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A 38-year old South African now finds himself at the centre of a storm over a disastrous £252 million (R6 billion) contract to supply 43 million masks to United Kingdom government hospitals.

Nathan Engelbrecht is co-founder of Ayanda Capital, which in April won a contract with the UK government to supply the masks to the British National Health Service (NHS).

But the UK government said the masks couldn’t be used because they didn’t fit properly: instead of head loops, they have ear-loop fastenings, which according to UK standards means they may not fit tightly enough to create a “seal” between the mask and the face.
 

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On top of that, it has now been revealed that an advisor to the UK government, Andrew Mills, initially received the contract. He then asked that the contract be transferred to Ayanda, which didn’t have any background in medical supplies, on the grounds that it could arrange overseas payments quicker. Mills is an adviser to Ayanda, which is owned by a Mauritius-based company, reports The Scotsman.
Reads like a South African tender story, doesn't it?
 

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The deal between Ayanda Capital and the Government was brokered by Andrew Mills, who both acts as an adviser to the Board of Trade, part of the Department of International Trade, and a senior board adviser to Ayanda.

Ayanda specialises in private equity and trade financing, according to its website, and is registered in the tax haven of Mauritius. According to Jolyon Maugham, founder of the Good Law Project, Ayanda was only commissioned to produce the masks because a similar deal with a firm called Prospermill – set up by Mills and his wife – fell through.
 

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Reads like a South African tender story, doesn't it?
Not really. He actually deliverd something. On time and within budget too. And as far as we know, he's not related to, and haven't been to prison with Andrew Mills.

He did deliver a product that wasn't to specification though, so I guess we can give him one point for that. :ROFL:
 

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Not really. He actually deliverd something. On time and within budget too. And as far as we know, he's not related to, and haven't been to prison with Andrew Mills.

He did deliver a product that wasn't to specification though, so I guess we can give him one point for that. :ROFL:
The deal between Ayanda Capital and the Government was brokered by Andrew Mills, who both acts as an adviser to the Board of Trade, part of the Department of International Trade, and a senior board adviser to Ayanda.
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No it doesn't... Because something will happen to those involved in this debacle... It would only be a south african like story, if those involved got either a promotion or more government contracts.
Read it again, it really does sound like African corruption.
 
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Nationality have nothing to do with this. Negligence, or the contract didn't stipulate the scope within accuracy. Seeing that the 'quality' must have had abided by UK standards (standards which aren't quoted by the article) there are gross errors.

You have to question why the UK government didn't sample the product. This is a questionable oversight, unless there were two products, one being a mere concept. Then again,

On top of that, it has now been revealed that an advisor to the UK government, Andrew Mills, initially received the contract. He then asked that the contract be transferred to Ayanda, which didn’t have any background in medical supplies, on the grounds that it could arrange overseas payments quicker. Mills is an adviser to Ayanda, which is owned by a Mauritius-based company, reports The Scotsman.

The UK government is now being sued by two different groups for its decision to award the mask contract to Ayanda, and the opposition Labour party is also demanding an inquiry into why Ayanda got the deal, The Times reported.
Cadres. Favourable reward. This Mills person must be connected somehow.

Jumping the hoops,

In a statement published by the BBC, Ayanda Capital said: "The masks supplied went through a rigorous technical assurance programme and meet all the requirements of the technical specifications which were made available online through the government's portal."

"There are provisions in our contract for product to be rejected if it did not meet the required specification as per the contract. These provisions have not been activated."
going back to what I have said, there must be something odd with the scope. I would wish to see the contract.

I see most masks here made in bulk are ear strapped.

Ayanda's credibilty in trade will now be under scrutiny, they can always depend on the buddy system. Just the way the world works.

People all over the world cashed in on the pandemic, many breaking the rules.
 

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No it doesn't... Because something will happen to those involved in this debacle... It would only be a south african like story, if those involved got either a promotion or more government contracts.
Check mate, discussion could have ended here.
 

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Not really. He actually deliverd something. On time and within budget too. And as far as we know, he's not related to, and haven't been to prison with Andrew Mills.

He did deliver a product that wasn't to specification though, so I guess we can give him one point for that. :ROFL:
Still not good enough to make it to the ANC 2nd division.
 
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