Mashaba instructs Joburg city manager to amend tender policy

The Johannesburg mayor says this is crucial to ensuring that tenders are adjudicated on their merits.

FILE: Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba announces his Mayoral Committee at the Johannesburg Theatre. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/ EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says he has written to manager Trevor Fowler, instructing him to start the process of amending the city's supply chain management policy so that tender processes are transparent and open to public scrutiny.

Mashaba says this is crucial to ensuring that tenders are assessed and adjudicated on their merits and awarded to the best applicant.

The amended policy will be presented to the City Council on 27 October for a vote.

Mashaba's spokesperson Tony Taverna-Turisan says: "How can we possibly keep systems like this closed? This is not the government's money. At the end of the day it's the people's money and they've the right to know how the decisions are being made. The only reason to keep it secret from the public is to hide things from them."