The City of Cape town seems to be caught up in red tape while the dam levels drop even further.
The executive mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille said a procurement plan was already underway for a number of augmentation schemes, including desalination, water reuse and groundwater extraction.
But why is the City taking soo long with the tender procurement process while it is clear this is an emergency, asks CapeTalks's Kieno Kammies.
Cape Town could be out of water by March 2018.
Ricardo Pillay, partner at Dentons South Africa says the red tape is compliant to the relevant legislation that provides for effective, fair and cost effective bidding.
He adds that there are deviations that are allowed under relevant legislation as well as declaring a particular project an emergency.
However, for those deviations to be allocated or a project to be declared an emergency there are certain requirements that need to be met.
It's not just complying with legislation but also making sure that the project is delivered properly.— Ricardo Pillay, Partner at Dentons South Africa
The difficulty is that if the the tender is open to the public, you end up in a position where you are favouring a particular supplier and there have to be circumstances that have to be justified and be recorded as such.— Ricardo Pillay, Partner at Dentons South Africa
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