He disclosed that on a monthly basis he would invoice the city approximately R12 million.

This was payable after 30 days, he said.

In court papers, he cried foul that a co-operative associated with Tshepo 10 000, a pet-project highly praised under the administration of former mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, was unlawfully given an advantage over his company.

Tshepo 10 000 is a skills development programme developed by the city to empower youth to become entrepreneurs through involvement in co-operatives.

According to him, the administrative decision to include Tshepo 10 000 as one of the tender specifications was not in line with the procurement law.

He claimed that inclusion of the programme as part of the functionality by the bid specification committee constituted a material irregularity.

“The utter irrational inclusion of the utilisation of Tshepo 10 000 as part of the functionality criteria leads to the inevitable and only reasonable inference that the bid specification process was also rigged to ensure the easy manipulation of scoring at the stage of evaluation of functionality,” he said in court papers.

In September, he said, he received the news that his company had scored 67 and not the required 70 on the basis that it didn’t meet the requirement entailed in the Tshepo 10 000 programme.

“The purpose of this (court) application is to obtain an order for review and set aside the administration action,” he said.

Diedericks said he had been supplying vehicles and machinery for the past 15 years to certain departments.

“Approximately 95% of the work is done exclusively for the city,” he said.

He claimed the city had flagrantly breached and manipulated the procurement law to serve the ulterior purpose that none of the so-called big contractors would be successful in their respective bids.

Diedericks said the matter was raised with the new DA administration, but without success.

“This leaves a huge question mark about the integrity of the DA as well as statements made by the new mayor regarding tender fraud and corruption.”

He said tenders were still being awarded by the “corrupt ANC board” and that nothing had been done under the new administration to prevent such activities.

Tractors, trucks, horses to descend on Union Buildings

 / 24 October 2016
Molaole Montsho

Rustenburg – Black South African farmers will march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the slow pace of land reform, the farmers said on Monday.

African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa) secretary general, Aggrey Mahanjana said land reform was a ticking time bomb.

File image. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski). Credit: AP

He said coupled with inadequate post settlement farmer support, the slow pace of the land reform process could lead to a potential food crisis in the country.

The march would be led by Afasa and the National Emergent Red Meat Producers Organisation (Nerpo) on Tuesday, from Irene where the two organisation held a joint annual congress from Monday.

The farmers would use tractors and horse to march from Irene to the Union building.

“On this historic event, first of its kind, about 500 farmers will lead a procession forming a convoy of farm vehicles [tractors, trucks, horses, quad bikes etc.] from the St Georges Hotel and Conference Centre to the Union Buildings to submit their petition, list of demands and land reform and farmer support proposals to the State President [Jacob Zuma].”

He said the farmers have in the past discussed pertinent issues affecting the smallholder farmers in the country, and submitted proposals on how to expedite land reform and effective farmer support strategies to the department of rural development and land reform as well as the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

But the farmers were not satisfied with the efforts made by both departments in addressing problems pertaining to land reform and farmer support.

The march would highlight issues such as short term government farm leases, lack of title deeds, high land prices, farm caretakership contracts, farm availability as well as slow processes of support programmes such recapitalization and development programme, comprehensive agricultural support programme, Ilima/Letsema programme and disaster relief programmes.