Pilgrim's Rest tender process questioned

The Public Works Department controversially awarded tenders to new business owners.

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PRETORIA - The validity of leases and tenders awarded to Pilgrims Rest businesses came under scrutiny in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.

Existing companies approached the Pretoria court to stop the Mpumalanga government from evicting them from premises in the small tourist town.

The Public Works Department controversially awarded tenders to new business owners.

Advocate Francois Kriel questioned the tender process.

He said three companies were awarded more than half the tenders and it appeared that the owners of two businesses were related.

Kriel called on the court to cancel the eviction notices, pending a review of the tender process.

Advocate Ig Bredenkamp disputed this, saying the leases had already expired.

But he would not comment when asked about the transparency of the bidding process.

The judge will deliver his ruling on Thursday.