Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ndebele boasts of jobs created by tolls

Mar 29 2011

 Ndebele boasts of jobs created by tolls roads....

Although the tender for the Open Road Tolling (ORT) system project was awarded to a foreign company.........

more than 90% of staff on the project will be South African, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said on Tuesday.

                                                 Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele 

"It can be reported that 99% of ETC JV staff for the operations of the system will be South Africans. Furthermore, during the construction of the civil works, 20 000 direct jobs were created," said Ndebele.

"This project has therefore contributed to job creation and will continue to do so," he said.

He was responding to a question in the National Assembly by Anton Alberts of the Freedom Front Plus.
                                                                      Anton Alberts

Alberts asked the minister why the tender for the management of the collection of toll fees for the ORT was awarded to a consortium of which a foreign company was the majority shareholder and not to a local company.

ETC JV, a joint venture comprising one local and two foreign companies, was granted a R6.22bn tender to implement and run the Gauteng road tolling system.

Swedish and Austrian branches of Kapsch TrafficCom, an international supplier of intelligent transportation systems, hold stakes of 40% and 25% of ETC JV respectively. TMT Services & Supplies, a South African company, holds 35%.

Ndebele said the tender was awarded to ETC JV because it had submitted a tender offer which was more than R2bn cheaper than the next lowest tender offer, and because the equipment and software to be used in the project was not locally available.

He said the SA National Roads Agency Limited also required foreign companies of ETC JV to put up guarantees in excess of R1bn in support of their ability to perform their obligations.

This amount was "far in excess" of that which could be offered by any South African company in this sector, he said.

To ensure that South Africans benefited from the project, the contract required the contractor to continuously transfer skills and ownership and employ South Africans in all positions throughout the lifespan of the project.

Ndebele said these requirements would be monitored and the contractor would receive stiff penalties for failing to adhere to the requirements and commitments made.

"The contract has very specific measures and penalties to ensure that the contractor fulfil its contractual obligations. This project has contributed to job creation and will continue to do so."

He said the tender process was in line with South Africa's commitment to attract investment and skills and that local companies were not excluded from the tender process.

The tender was awarded through a public tender process taking into account the available skills in South Africa.

The objective was to ensure that a quality product would be delivered, said Ndebele. 

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