South Africa

Uganda: Ballot Paper Saga – Foreign Firms Bid Shs17b Higher

New information about the ongoing ballot printing procurement saga shows that the foreign companies won the contract bid about Shs18b higher than the local firms. According to the information obtained by Daily Monitor, the local printers quoted Shs41.7b for the six lots of ballot printing while the foreign firms quoted Shs59.5b. Six local printing companies: Picfare Industries Ltd; Graphic Systems ...

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This Nobel-winning idea has failed India

Paul R. Milgrom and Robert B. Wilson, the winners of the 2020 Nobel prize in economic sciences | TT NEWS AGENCY / A. WIKLUND / VIA REUTERS Economists like to think of themselves as mathematicians — or, if feeling momentarily humbler, as physicists. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics, however, seem to conceive of themselves more as ...

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RFP out for would-be concessionaires at national parks

A request for proposal due out this Thursday (15) will seek private sector players looking to manage Brazilian parks Aparados da Serra and Serra Geral, at the Santa Catarina-Rio Grande do Sul state border. São Paulo – The Brazilian Ministry of Environment is expected to publish this Thursday (15) a government request for proposals from private sector players interested in ...

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Op-ed: Aligning the RFP with the needs of intensive energy users

Tips on how to align the RFP with the needs of intensive energy users. An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but the health of your private Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) requires more than prevention, it needs a proactive, strategic approach to crafting your Request for Proposal (RFP). At Harmattan Renewables we’ve seen all too often the impact ...

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The foreign-backed consortium in talks for Petrobras gas fields in Brazil

The Peroa cluster, located off the coast of Espirito Santo state, would be among the first all-gas offshore fields sold by Petrobras RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO: A consortium of Brazil‘s 3R Petroleum and Norway-linked DBO Energy is in bilateral talks with Brazil’s Petrobras to purchase a cluster of offshore natural gas fields, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. The Peroa ...

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Energy expert calls for RMIPPPP overhaul to facilitate cheaper, cleaner emergency power

Clyde Mallinson Energy expert Clyde Mallinson is calling on government to urgently overhaul its Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), which he says not only fails to address the country’s immediate electricity needs, but will also lock in dirty and expensive energy for the next 20 years. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy formally initiated the procurement process for 2 000 MW of so-called emergency power under the ...

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Brazil’s São Paulo State Resumes Infrastructure Bids Worth $1.3 Billion

São Paulo state, Brazil’s economic center, is resuming its auctions for private investment in large infrastructure projects. The Brazilian state of São Paulo, the industrial engine of the country and home to 22% of its population, last month announced the resumption of public auctions in the infrastructure sector, which had been suspended since early 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ...

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Why are we being kept in the dark on dealing with load shedding and where is the urgency, Mr. President?

Where are the bold steps that were promised in December 2019? Why is the ANC blocking municipalities from purchasing directly from Independent Power Producers (IPPs), and the opening of the grid? Why did Minister Gwede Mantashe not raise the limit for exemptions from licensing of generation from 1MW to 10MW? Where is the negotiation with existing IPPs to take up ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Vodacom agency account out on closed tender

The Vodacom Group has confirmed that its integrated through-the-line marketing services business is out to pitch. The incumbent agency, Ogilvy South Africa, was appointed in 2015. The process is expected to be concluded by January 2021. ACA-approved “Vodacom Group has invited Advertising and Communications Association (ACA)-approved agencies, including its incumbent, to participate in a closed tender for its integrated through-the-line ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: How former fuel fund chief and global traders raided SA’s oil reserves

Cape Town – The Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF), a subsidiary of the Central Energy Fund (SEF), reached an agreement this week for a draft out-of-court settlement with resources conglomerate Glencore in a matter that was heard before the Western Cape High Court’s Judge Owen Rogers on the last day of a three-day long virtual hearing where implicated parties were shown ...

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IPP Office says next renewables bid window by end Jan ‘latest’, but possibly before year-end

The head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office, which performs the IPP procurement function on behalf of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), says discussions are under way with the department to finalise the roll-out plan for the Section 34 determination that caters for the procurement of 11 813 MW of new generation capacity. Speaking during a ...

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Request for proposal: Implementation of the Let’s Talk Family Strengthening under USAID DREAMS initiative

RFP No: 674-C-13-0004/2020/0001 Date of Issuance: September 1, 2020 Questions: September 7, 2020 Answers: September 9, 2020 Closing Date/Time: September 14, 2020 17:00 pm SA time, submit full application to contractsrfp@pactworld.org Award Type:   Fixed Price Contract (multiple awards) Award Ceiling: ZAR 15,769.991 Geographic Scope:                   Area A: Gauteng, City of Johannesburg and/or Area B: Limpopo, Capricorn Estimated Award Date:           September 28, 2020 ...

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Getting post-Covid recovery right

I previously wrote about how post-pandemic infrastructure stimulus spending could take us even further backwards because of the way “local content” is structured. We are getting closer to the point where we need to think about this, with the onset of level two. Government policy for major tenders requires that 30% be awarded to local contractors to promote local skills development ...

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Supply chain rules ignored in awarding multimillion rand asbestos tender, former Free State official admits

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo Johannesburg – Free State Human Settlements Department staff members did not follow internal supply chain and National Treasury regulations when an unsolicited bid for a multimillion-rand asbestos tender was approved, the Zondo commission heard. On Friday, the inquiry heard testimony from Nthimotse Mokhesi, the former head of the department. Mokhesi took the stand after his ...

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Proper administrative processes followed in laptop procurement

“Although the provision of devices is extremely urgent as part of the government’s response to COVID-19, a formal, transparent, competitive tender process was followed,” Nzimande said on Wednesday. The Minister said this as he responded to complaints regarding the delays in the procurement of laptops. While there is a delay in the procurement of devices for students, proper administrative processes were ...

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Raizen, Ultrapar among likely bidders for Petrobras refinery in Parana: sources

The sale is part of a multi-billion plan by the state-controlled oil company, known as Petrobras, to divest assets, with interest from ethanol and fuel distribution company Raizen and conglomerate Ultrapar powered by deep-pocketed foreign investment firms SAO PAULO/RIO: Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro SA is set to receive binding offers on Thursday for its Presidente Getulio Vargas refinery, with local firms Raizen and ...

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How can South Africa fix its tender system?

The PPE procurement scandal, which saw vital Covid-19 funds channelled to politically connected business people, has brought the vexed issue of South Africa’s tender system into the spotlight once more. What can be done to make government procurement more corruption-proof? “The tender system should be re-looked into,” said Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane this week, speaking at a webinar on corruption. Mkhwebane ...

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New tender for supply of laptops to be submitted for publication on 4 Sep: NSFAS

Accordingly, Carolissen approved the cancellation of the tender, in accordance with Regulation 13 (1) (c) of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) 2017 regulations. Accordingly, Carolissen approved the cancellation of the tender, in accordance with Regulation 13 (1) (c) of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) 2017 regulations. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen, says a ...

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South Africa: NSFAS to Publish New Tender for Supply of Laptops

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen, says a new tender for the supply and delivery of laptops will be submitted to the Government Printing Works on Friday for publication on 4 September 2020. NSFAS was informed on 4 June 2020 by Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Blade Nzimande, that the scheme would manage the ...

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South Africa seeks to boost grid system with dispatchable power

South Africa has been experiencing power supply issues and is now looking into available options including dispatchable power to boost the grid. On 22 August, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP). The RMIPPPP is a direct response to the short-term electricity supply ...

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