Cul-de-sac for scholarship cheats
MBABANE – Government has shortlisted three companies, including a South African law firm and two local ones, for the collection of scholarship.
The companies have already submitted proposals to the tender evaluation team and a report is yet to be submitted to the tender board for evaluation.
The South African entity shortlisted for the job is KBR Law Firm.
The other two local companies are Kobla Quashie Group and TransUnion Swaziland.
Sebentile Hlophe, planning Officer in the ministry of Labour and Social Security, said six companies applied for the expression of interest of the tender but three have since been shortlisted.
Explaining the tendering process, Hlophe said the Procurement and Evaluation Committee in her ministry engaged the Computer Service department after it appeared that the project would require computer usage.
She said the committee, after shortlisting, made a request for proposals in which the companies were required to make offers.
"The companies submitted their proposals on April 27, 2012 and we had expected to open the bids on the same day but that could not happen because we did not form a quorum," she said.
She said the tender opening was the done on May 4, 2012.
"Though we have been delayed by certain technicalities, we have however, submitted a report to the tender board with recommendations. At this point I cannot disclose information on the contents of the report," she said.
She said the report was submitted this month.
Lutfo Dlamini minister of Labour, said the tendering process was reaching its final stages.
"The committee tasked with the recruiting exercise will soon be concluding and making an award to the winner of the tender. I have met with the committee and discussed that there should be no favours when it comes to the award. I have told them to award a company through merit and not favour," he said.
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