Limpopo hospitals’ laundry tenders must be urgently investigated

By Langa Bodlani MPL, DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Health:

Reports that a Limpopo company is racking R2.2 million a month after it was awarded a tender to do laundry for  provincial hospitals even though it does not have the required washing equipment must be urgently investigated.

I have written to the chairperson of the Health Portfolio Committee Mr Mitileni to urgently convene a meeting with the department of health to give a detailed account of these tender transactions.

This is apparently not only one company that was awarded lucrative laundry contracts without meeting the basic valuation requirements but several of them.  They do not have the required washing machines, dryers or irons.

These transactions contrast the assurance by former health MEC Mr Ishmael Kgetjepe during the budget speech when he said “the department will put more effort into implementing cost containment measures, the efficient utilization of the budget and ensuring that there is value for money for government.”

This department annual performance plans have been rejected by the health committee for the past financial years for reasons that these plans lacked the details on how the budgets were to be spent.

It is now clear the obscurity was well orchestrated to hide these irregular tenders from committee oversight.

Both former health MEC Mr Kgetjepe and current MEC Dr Ramathuba must not only explain how the department got to contract in this manner, but they must also explain how the service level agreements were signed without ascertaining the capacity of each contractor.

If it is revealed that these companies should not have been granted these multi-million rand contracts, the contracts must be repudiated and all monies paid to unethical suppliers must be recovered.