Vodacom said it is surprised that the Competition Commission has launched an investigation into the government awarding it a contract.
Vodacom said it is committed to cooperating with the commission, however.
“The tender process was initiated and controlled by National Treasury through its procurement officer, with the award based on various elements – including cost savings, quality of service, security, coverage, support and billing, quality of network, and technology innovation,” said Vodacom.
“One of the key objectives of which was to reduce government’s communication costs.”
Vodacom said it followed due process in a contested and transparent bidding process.
“None of the pricing structures put forward to National Treasury was based on an exclusive provider award basis, or any restrictive minimum commitments.”
“In our dealings with National Treasury throughout this 18-month process, we understand they were subjected to rigorous governance processes, including consultation with the Competition Commission prior to awarding the contract.”