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Ethekwini to spend R20 million on dirt trucks


DURBAN - The eThekwini municipality plans to buy four additional hooklift trucks to improve waste collection and removal around the city.

The equipment will cost around R11 million, an addition to the initial R10,2 million which was approved for the 2017/18 financial year.

The Ethekwini Municipality plans to spend R20 million on dirt trucks in the coming months.

These will be acquired under Section 116 which applies when there’s an extension of a contract sometimes with additional costs to the initial spending.

According to the report tabled at the executive committee meeting held at the City Hall on Tuesday, the city’s Cleansing and Solid Waste Unit (CSW) required these “specialised vehicles” as part of its operational requirements.

Other vehicles required for the operational functioning of the unit are a landfill dozer, compactor, hooklifts and refuse compaction trucks.

“The CSW unit require these vehicles to help accelerate service delivery,” reads the report.

The city fleet and CSW are currently in discussions with the successful service provider on the contract participation goals which seek to ensure that black-owned companies are involved in the provision of the required services.

Among other things, the service provider must include the following in the proposal: Appointment of 100 percent black-owned companies that will be taken through a mentorship programmes by the service provider for a certain period and thereafter be accredited either to distribute or maintain service provider’s machines/equipment; skills development; corporate social investment programmes and supplier development.

Democratic Alliance councillor Heinz de Boer abstained from the issue. He said they (DA) should be convinced as to why they should support “these Section 116” items.

“We hardly had in depth discussion on this issue at committee level. For us as a city to be spending such money on Section 116 we should have an in-depth report on the item. It’s like somebody realised at the end of 2017 that we needed these vehicles and decided to write a report,” De Boer said.

The item was agreed upon by the majority.


LINK : https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/ethekwini-to-spend-r20-million-on-dirt-trucks-12870810

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