The first tender for South Africa Connect has been cancelled, and the DA wants to know why.
The DA’s Marian Shinn said the government’s plan to roll out broadband and provide Internet access to all South Africans by 2020 is a critical project.
“I have written to the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr Siyabonga Cwele, requesting that he urgently explain why the tender was cancelled,” said Shinn.
She said the steps being taken to revise the procurement phase and implementation of SA Connect must be disclosed.
The cancellation in the Government Tender Bulletin took place on 18 November. The winning bidder was due to be announced by the end of September.
The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) recently released the names of the bidders as Broadband Infraco, EOH, MTN, Vodacom, Tradepage, and Galela Telecommunications.
Telkom did not bid, following President Jacob Zuma stating in 2015 that Telkom had been designated as the lead agency on the project.
This changed after industry players demanded a tender for the project be put out.
“The first phase was to be a pilot phase to connect 6,235 government facilities in eight district municipalities,” said the DA.