WC extends TBWA/Hunt Lascaris contract

The WC Government has defended its decision to extend its contract with TBWA/Hunt Lascaris.

The WC Government has defended its decision to extend its contract with TBWA/Hunt Lascaris.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Provincial Government on Tuesday said its contract with TBWA/Hunt Lascaris has been extended because a new tender process is taking longer than expected.

The New Age newspaper is reporting that the contract was supposed to come to an end, but was extended at a cost of R1million a month.

At the same time, provincial communication officials have hit back at the newspaper, claiming the story is nothing more than the latest in a slew of attacks on Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

Zille recently pulled out of a New Age business breakfast briefing after it emerged that the events were sponsored by state-owned enterprises.

Director of strategic communication in the province, Nick Clelland, said, "The headline and the story are factually inaccurate. It's misleading and that's why we are submitting a formal complaint to the Press Ombudsman."

The initial contract with TBWA/Hunt Lascaris was investigated by the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office.

The probe found no evidence of unlawfulness.

She did however find instances of maladministration and said the inclusion of Zille's advisers on the bid committee was ill-advised.