Maloof contract : DA to submit PAIA application

Andrew Louw, MPL

DA Provincial Leader

The Democratic Alliance is questioning whether proper tender processes were followed in the awarding of the R100 million contract for the organization of the Maloof Money Cup, now known as the Kimberley Diamond Cup.

Based on information received, it appears that one of the three companies that tendered for the contract may have received special treatment from the department. This includes the department overlooking the fact that the tender application of the successful candidate was allegedly late. This is according to a competing bidder, who claims to have handed in his application at the very same time as the successful bidder. His application, however, was disqualified for being late. This anomaly raises eyebrows and demands answers.

The Democratic Alliance will submit a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application to request that all records pertaining to the past and present contract be supplied to us. We will also request a copy of the initial Maloof business plan which, in spite of having been requested on numerous occasions in legislature committee meetings, has never seen the light of day.

There are more questions than answers with regards to Kimberley’s international skateboarding championship. Over R160 million worth of state funds have already been spent on this event. Given the Northern Cape’s unemployment crisis and poor track record of service delivery, government owes it to the people of this province to account for the ongoing expenditure on this mega event.