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Media Release: SANParks notes tender to relatives article with concern
Date: 6th February 2012
The South African National Parks (SANParks) notes the article on the Auditor General report in today’s (Sunday, February 05, 2012), City Press with great concern. SANParks refutes the statement made in the article which claims that SANParks awarded tenders worth R3,5 million to its officials or close relatives.
SANParks would like to state that the information stated in the media article contradicts the final report as presented to SANParks by the office of the Auditor General after proper submissions were made to that esteemed office. SANParks will be contacting the office of the Auditor General to ascertain the validity of the statements made in the media report.
The Chief Financial Officer of SANParks, Themba Mabilane, said that the information presented to the office of the Auditor General by SANParks stated that the R3,5 million irregular expenditure as highlighted by the Auditor General report arose due to the organisation entering into contracts with suppliers in the last three years with an accumulated value of R500 000.00 on a three quotations request instead of going on open tender.
SANParks also wishes to put it on record that none of those companies or entities are owned by either SANParks employees nor their close families. Therefore the recent report published in the City Press is incorrect.
SANParks prides itself on producing non-qualified audit reports for the last 10 years, said Mr Mabilane.
Issued by: Reynold “Rey” Thakhuli, General Manager: Media Liaison and Stakeholder Relations
Tel: 012 426 5203 /073 373 4999,
For media enquiries: wanda mkutshulwa, Head of Communications
Tel: 012 426 5170 / 082 908 2692