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This week’s National Tender Bulletin is a lengthy affair, with a spread of opportunities covering all spheres of the ICT sector. However, the issue contains little to get the industry excited as the government addresses its more cursory requirements.

As a result, this week’s advertisements favour support and maintenance services, software updates and licensing, and capacity-increasing hardware requests. Those in the field of printing face disappointment this week as the normally steady flow of requests drops to just a single entry. Business continuity and disaster recovery solutions, meanwhile, continue to attract public sector interest, suggesting a developing trend in government prioritising risk management.

Department of Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)
GCIS is advertising for maintenance and support services of its building management system.
Tender no: RFB 012 2018 2019
Information: Rudzani Tshikhudo, George Storey or Lebogang Molayi, (012) 473 0130/0093/0143; rudzanit@gcis.gov.za, george@gcis.gov.zaor lebogangm@gcis.gov.za
Closing date: 8 March, 2019
Tags: Services, Support and maintenance

Department of Health, Limpopo
The supply, installation and configuration of a firewall solution is needed for the Limpopo Department of Health, with maintenance and support for period of one (1) year.
Tender no: RFB 1887-2018
Information: Technical: Shalati Mabunda, (015) 291 8133, shalati.mabunda@sita.co.za General: Brian Matemane, (015) 482 2543, brian.matemane@sita.co.za
Closing date: 8 March, 2019
Tags: Software, Security, Services, Support and Maintenance

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)
The IEC requires a storage (SAN) capacity upgrade.
Note: Bids received will be evaluated according to the criteria set out in the bid documentation, as provided for in the Preferential Procurement Regulations, 2017. All services providers that wish to render goods or services to the IEC must register on the National Treasury Central Suppliers’ Database (CSD) at www.csd.gov.za.
Tender no: IEC/ ICT-01/2019
Information: Technical: Libisi Maphanga or Siviwe Gwadiso, (012) 622 5473/5732, maphangal@elections.org.za or gwadisos@elections.org.za. General: Vincent Qwabe, (012) 622 5700.
Closing date: 11 March, 2019
Tags: Hardware, Storage

KwaZulu-Natal Liquor Authority
The authority requires a hosted digital voice communication system (VoIP). This bid is subject to the entity’s supply chain management policy and will be evaluated in terms of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) (Act of 2000), read with PPPFA regulation 2017.
Note: Bids may only be submitted on the bid document that is issued. Bids are to be completed in accordance with the conditions attached to the documents and must be sealed and endorsed with the relevant bid number. They must be deposited in the official tender box in the reception area at the KZN Liquor Authority’s office (1st Floor, Marine Building, 22 Dorothy Nyembe Street, Durban) no later than 12h00 on 18 March, 2019.
Compulsory briefing: 1 March, 2019
Tender no: KZNLA 09/2018/19
Information: Technical: Mthokozisi Cele, (031) 302 0669, mthokozisi.cele@kznlq.co.za. General: Bhekani Mncwango, (031) 302 0661, bhekani.mncwango@kznlqa.co.za
Closing date: 18 March, 2019
Tags: Software, Services, Cloud computing, VoIP

Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)
The CCMA requires a service provider for a Sage HR and payroll upgrade to Sage 300 People (including eRecruitment), SCM Accetech (BPM) for three (3) years.
Note: Bidders must arrange their own parking for the briefing session.
Compulsory briefing: 25 February, 2019
Tender no: CCMA/2018/19-ICT
Information: Renold Mokoena or Thulisa Mpumlo, (011) 377 6631/6823, RenoldM@ccma.org.za ThulisamM@ccma.org.za
Closing date: 8 March, 2019
Tags: Software, HR, Payroll

Department of Transport and Public Works, Western Cape
The transport department requires the installation and servicing of audio visual and maintenance of broadcasting systems and TV networks, including microwave transmission systems, for a period of three (3) years.
Tender no: S114/18
Information: Technical: Shahied Thomas, (021) 483 5172, shahied.thomas@westerncape.gov.za. General: Lavine Norkee, (021) 483 3957, lavine.norkee@westerncape.gov.za
Closing date: 19 March, 2019
Tags: Hardware, Audio Visual, Services, Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Support and maintenance

South African Revenue Service (SARS)
SARS is seeking to procure an integrated IT operations network troubleshooting tool, including maintenance and support services.
Note: The cut-off date for tender enquiries is 15 March, 2019.
Non-compulsory briefing: 26 February, 2019
Tender no: RFP 35/2018
Information: Tender office, (012) 647 9569, tenderoffice@sars.gov.za
Closing date: 18 March, 2019
Tags: Software, Networking, Services, Support and maintenance

South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)
SASSA requires renewal of Nintex licenses, including support and maintenance, for a one-year period.
Non-compulsory briefing: 26 February, 2019
Tender no: RFB 1816-2018
Information: Technical: Thembeka Mdwara, (012) 482 2780, thembeka.mdwara@sita.co.za. General: Malefa Mpitso, (012) 482 2983, malefa.mpitso@sita.co.za
Closing date: 11 March, 2019
Tags: Software, Software licensing, Services, Support and maintenance

Dube TradePort Corporation (DTPC)
DTPC requires the services of a service provider to provide design, supply, maintenance and support services for three (3) years. The services must include, but are not limited to:
* Computer resources and storage infrastructure
* Development and testing workloads
* Disaster recovery
* Backup storage
* Archive solution
* Professional services, maintenance and support
* Migration and integration into Dube iConnect Services, and
* Licensing.
In line with PPPFA regulations, 2017 sub regulation 4(1), the prequalification criteria for this bid is that only companies who meet the following requirements are eligible to tender:
i) Bidders with B-BBEE Level 1 or 2; or,
ii)Subcontracting 40% to a Black EME or QSE company.
Bids submitted by companies not meeting one of the above requirements will not be accepted.
Note: All proposals will be evaluated in various stages – compliance and functionality will be assessed and thereafter all responsive proposals will be evaluated in accordance with PPPFA regulations 2017, using the 80/20 preference points system.
Compulsory briefing: 26 February, 2019
Tender no: DTP/RFP/33/CEO/11/2018
Information: Vanishree Naidoo, (032) 814 0096, fax (032) 814 0102, tenders@dubetradeport.co.za
Closing date: 11 March, 2019
Tags: Hardware, Software, Services, Security, Disaster recovery, Storage, Consulting

The DTPC is also looking for service providers to provide leased, managed printing services for three (3) years. The services will include, but will not be limited to, the following:
* Supply and installation of nine leased multi-functional and one high-volume printing machines
* Maintenance and support.
* In line with the PPPFA regulations, 2017 sub reg. 4 (1), the prequalification criteria are that only companies that are sub-contracting a minimum of 40% to Black EME/QSE companies are eligible to tender for this bid.
Note: All proposals will be evaluated in various stages – compliance and functionality will be assessed and thereafter all responsive proposals will be evaluated in accordance with the PPPFA regulations 2017, using the 80/20 preference points system.
Compulsory briefing: 26 February, 2019
Tender no: DTP/RFP/27/CEO/10/2018
Information: Vanishree Naidoo, (032) 814 0096, fax (032) 814 0102, tenders@dubetradeport.co.za
Closing date: 11 March, 2019
Tags: Hardware, Services, Printing, Support and maintenance

Education, Training and Development Practices (ETDP) SETA
Terms of reference are sought for the appointment of a service provider to supply ETDP SETA with servers for its provincial offices.
Note: Any enquiries regarding this bid must be in writing only and be directed to tenderers@etdpseta.org.za
Tender no: SCMU: 28-2018/19
Information: Technical: Sibusiso Kutshwa, SibusisoK@etdpseta.org.za. General: Velile Msane, tenderers@etdpseta.org.za
Closing date: 11 March, 2019
Tags: Services, Consulting, Hardware, Servers

Gauteng Provincial Treasury
The Gauteng Provincial Treasury is looking for specifications for an automated supplier statement reconciliation system for three (3) years.
Tender no: GT/GPT/013/2019
Information: Technical: Fanie Hanekom, (011) 689 6627, fanie.hanekom@gauteng.gov.za General: Pauline Rapodile, (011) 689 6179, manare.rapodile@gauteng.gov.za
Closing date: 8 March, 2019
Tags: Services, Software

Bids are invited for the automation of annual financial statements for Gauteng provincial government departments.
Tender no: GT/GPT/016/2019

Information: Technical: Xoliswa Nodada, (011) 241 0642, Xoliswa.Nodada@gauteng.gov.za. General: Wilson Mudau, (011) 689 6142, fax 086 421 2924, wilson.mudau3@gauteng.gov.za. Tender enquiries: Jaco Smit, (011) 689 6058, or Lenard Billings, (011) 689 6416, tender.admin@gauteng.gov.za
Closing date: 8 March, 2019
Tags: Software, Automation

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)
ICASA is looking for an integrated business and IT service continuity solution, with fully integrated offsite data backup and protection, for a five-year period.
Note: The bid will be evaluated on submission of the required documents, functionality and on the PPPFA preference points system. Only bidders who meet the cut-off score of 80 points for functionality will be considered further for price evaluation. The bid will be evaluated on 80/20 preference points system.
Compulsory briefing: 4 March, 2019
Tender no: ICASA 01/2019
Information: Samuel Siziba, (012) 568 3629, ssiziba@icasa.org.za
Closing date: 18 March, 2019
Tags: Services, Software, Business continuity, Security, Disaster recovery

Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC)
The RTMC requires provision of driver simulators.
Non-compulsory briefing: 25 February, 2019
Tender no: RTMC BID 21/2018/19
Information: Bidadmin@rtmc.co.za
Closing date: 12 March, 2019
Tags: Software

State Information Technology Agency (SITA)
SITA is advertising for SAP system support and training for Magalies Water.
Tender no: RFB 1796-2018
Information: Mantsie Mabiletsa, (012) 482 2655, mantsie.mabiletsa@sita.co.za
Closing date: 8 March, 2019
Tags: Software, Services, Support and Maintenance, Training

SITA is also looking for Trend Micro licenses for the Office of the Premier, North West province, including maintenance and support for a three-year period.
Tender no: RFB 1791-2018
Information: Mantsie Mabiletsa, (012) 482 2655, mantsie.mabiletsa@sita.co.za
Closing date: 8 March, 2019
Tags: Software, Software licensing

State Information Technology Agency
SITA wishes to establish a two-year contract for licensing, maintenance and support for Veritas products for the South African Police Service (SAPS).
Tender no: RFB 1888-2018
Information: Wezi Pityana, (012) 482 2704, weziwe.pityana@sita.co.za
New closing date: 1 March, 2019
Tags: Software, Software licensing, Security, Services, Support and Maintenance

SITA is advertising for the establishment of a two-year contract for licensing, maintenance and support for Symantec products for the SAPS.
Tender no: RFB 1889-2018
Information: Wezi Pityana, (012) 482 2704, weziwe.pityana@sita.co.za
New closing date: 1 March, 2019
Tags: Software, Software licensing, Security, Services, Support and Maintenance

Department of Public Service and Administration
The appointment of a service provider to render maintenance of the electronic security systems at the DPSA for a period of two (2) years.
Tender no: DPSA001/2018

Safety and Security Education and Training Authority (SASSETA)
The procurement of a record management solution for SASSETA until 31 March, 2020.
Tender no: RFP/SASSETA/201819124

Department of Defence
Supply and delivery of digital scanners.
Tender no: CPSC-B-G-087-2017
Successful bidder: Mercy Seats Projects
Value: R1 425 127

Gauteng Growth and Development Agency
The supply of a telephone management system and maintenance of voice over internet protocol (VoiP) at the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s multiple sites.
Tender no: AIDC_T10_2018/19
Successful bidder: Vox Telecommunications
Value: R1 249 661

National Home Builders Registration Council
Request for proposals: the appointment of a service provider to provide management information security services for a two-year period.
Tender no: NHBRC 10/2018
Successful bidder: Data Tegra (Pty) Ltd
Value: R2 488 328

Request for proposals: the appointment of a service provider for technical and functional support for the implemented SAP solution for a three-year period.
Tender no: NHBRC 02/2018
Successful bidder: Nambiti Technologies (Pty) Ltd
Value: R14 094 491

The Independent Electoral Commission
Contact Centre.
Tender no: IEC/COM-04/2018
Successful bidder: Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd
Value: R24 371 076

Maintenance and repair services.
Tender no: Not disclosed
Successful bidder: Sizwe IT Group (Pty) Ltd
Value: R4 500 000

Provision of enterprise services
Tender no: Not disclosed
Successful bidder: Microsoft
Value: R19 528 843

Maintenance and repair services of the electoral commission’s Zip-Zip (eZipskan) scanner units.
Tender no: Not disclosed
Successful bidder: Sizwe IT Group (Pty) Ltd
Value: R4 500 000

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Maimane on the DA’s complicated relationship with Mkwebane: ‘It’s not your office, it’s you’

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While DA leader Mmusi Maimane is pleased with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s finding regarding President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign funding, he still thinks she should go.

Speaking on the sidelines of a safety event in Bonteheuwel, Cape Town, on Monday, Maimane said he was the one who had laid a complaint about Ramaphosa’s campaign funding with the Office of the Public Protector. 

He noted this was after he had first asked the question in Parliament, and Ramaphosa said it was “his son’s contribution”, but then changed his statement. 

ALSO READ: Public Protector finds Ramaphosa ‘deliberately misled’ Parliament over R500 000 Bosasa payment

“Now, the Executive Members’ Ethics Act makes it specific that when there is an allegation of a breach [of the act], that can only be reported to the Public Protector.

“It cannot be reported to any other sphere of the government.”

The DA has made it clear that it does not regard Mkhwebane as a suitable candidate for the position of Public Protector, and Maimane said the Absa-related judgment supported this. 

On Monday, the Constitutional Court upheld a costs order against Mkhwebane alleging she had put forward a “number of falsehoods” over the Absa/Bankorp investigation. Mkhwebane has since denied this.

“I have been very clear from the beginning with the party that we do not support this particular Public Protector and therefore in light of the judgment that was handed down today, I think it strengthens our case to have her removed,” said Maimane.

“But just because I did not vote for her, just because I don’t support her, does not mean the office ceases to exist,” he said. 

“I did not vote for President Ramaphosa in the election, yet, because he’s a president of the republic, he becomes the president of all citizens. His office exists. We have to hold everybody accountable, regardless of who they are.” 

Maimane said he welcomed Ramaphosa’s announcement on Sunday night that he would take Mkhwebane’s report on review, because it is Ramaphosa’s right to do that.

However, the party still wants to get to the bottom of whether or not the president had misled Parliament. 

“The president made a statement and proceeded to change it, can that be allowed?” asked Maimane.

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Turtle Beach Recon 70 Headset Review: Plug In and Go

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When creating the ultimate gaming experience, whether it be on PC or console, the peripherals and accessories are often the finishing touches. But when it comes to these devices, a premium experience often necessitates paying premium prices, which is why good value for money peripherals are always welcome.

To aid in that regard is the Recon 70 gaming headset from Turtle Beach, which at R699 (RRP) sits neatly in between a professional and novice setup.

While its price will certainly pique your interest, does it actually deliver the value for money that Turtle Beach is touting? We took the Recon 70 headsets for a spin to find out.

Simple and Sturdy

The design of the Recon 70 can best be described as utilitarian. The majority of the headset is swathed in black plastic, with hits of electric blue scattered here and there to catch your eye. It also features a diagonal slash on the outside of the ear cups in order to make them stand out a bit.

All in all though, it’s a design that won’t turn many heads, and that’s just fine for me at R699.

What I’m wanting is something that can last a good while. Despite not throwing the headset around after a rage quit, I mean when the CPU was clearly cheating, the headsets feel reassuringly solid despite the plastic heavy design.

Another characteristic of the Recon 70 is the fact that all the moving parts feel rigid, which has its ups and downs.

The downs come in the form of a lack of fluidity when adjusting the size of the headphones on the  sides just above the ear cups. This mechanism does not seem to have a great deal of movement, and only increases or decreases two positions either way, which means it won’t get much larger.

Luckily it’s fairly large as is. I myself have a particularly pronounced noggin and the Recon 70 fit nicely.

The upside of the rigidity meant the headband doesn’t provide too much flex. This results in a snug but comfortable fit, although it may mess up any “unique” stylings you’ve chosen to adorn the top of your head with.

Sticking with comfort the ear cups are generously large, and sit over-the-ear. They also have a good deal of padding and cushion things nicely without leaving any gaps. As such if you’re wanting to wear these for prolonged sessions, there is no fear constant fiddling or moving in order to cope with a lack of comfort.

A bit of everything

Now let’s move onto some of the specifications of the Turtle Beach Recon 70 headset.

Driving the sound here are some respectable 40mm neodymium speakers which yield a frequency of 12Hz to 20kHz. The range of offer here is solid, with it coping nicely with bass and not producing any kind of tinniness during my time with the Recon 70.

If there is one complaint when it comes to sound, it’s the sensitivity of the volume wheel located on the ear cup, as the dial does not travel very far. This means nuances in volume are best handled on the device you’re playing on than the headset itself, which is a pity.

Sticking with some of the issues I encountered the 3.5mm cord, fixed to the headset, felt a tad shorter than expected. The fact that they are fixed to the headset also means you cannot switch out with a longer option, and will need to find some sort of extender if needed. This is less of an issue for PC gamers who will more than likely be close to their setup, but may prove an obstacle for console gamers playing in a living room for example.

That said, it’s not a deal breaker, but something to consider.

Said 3.5mm headphone is compatible for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and did not provide any weird feedback or anomalies while connected.

One of the other elements worth talking about on the Recon 70 is the omni-directional mic, which swivels up or down depending on whether you’re using it or not. The quality it produces is mixed, with it performing fine in co-op gaming or multiplayers in small groups.

The moment you try to make yourself heard in a larger group of players also trying to get their instructions across and the mic struggles slightly, getting the odd “please repeat” or “what was that?” Again I’m splitting hairs here, and for the price of the Recon 70 the audio experience is certainly above par.

Final Verdict

I’ve harped on about the price of the Recon 70 for some time now, and for good reason. Value for money is hard to come by when it comes to good quality headsets, and at R699 this pair provides enough all-round solid use to provide peace of mind that it’s money well spent. It also means you can spend your hard-earned cash on other elements of your gaming setup.

For cost-savvy gamers who want a headset that handles the basics well, the Turtle Beach Recon 70 is definitely worth a second look.

When creating the ultimate gaming experience, whether it be on PC or console, the peripherals and accessories are often the finishing touches. But when it comes to these devices, a premium experience often necessitates paying premium prices, which is why good value for money peripherals are always welcome. To aid in that regard is the Recon 70 gaming headset from Turtle Beach, which at R699 (RRP) sits neatly in between a professional and novice setup. While its price will certainly pique your interest, does it actually deliver the value for money that Turtle Beach is touting? We took the Recon 70 headsets for a spin to find out. Simple and Sturdy The design of the Recon 70 can best be described as utilitarian. The majority of the headset is swathed in black plastic, with hits of electric blue scattered here and there to catch your eye. It also features a diagonal slash on the outside of the ear cups in order to make them stand out a bit. All in all though, it’s a design that won’t turn many heads, and that’s just fine for me at R699. What I’m wanting is something that can last a good while. Despite not throwing the headset around after a rage quit, I mean when the CPU was clearly cheating, the headsets feel reassuringly solid despite the plastic heavy design. Another characteristic of the Recon 70 is the fact that all the moving parts feel rigid, which has its ups and downs. The downs come in the form of a lack of fluidity when adjusting the size of the headphones on the  sides just above the ear cups. This mechanism does not seem to have a great deal of movement, and only increases or decreases two positions either way, which means it won’t get much larger. Luckily it’s fairly large as is. I myself have a particularly pronounced noggin and the Recon 70 fit nicely. The upside of the rigidity meant the headband doesn’t provide too much flex. This results in a snug but comfortable fit, although it may mess up any “unique” stylings you’ve chosen to adorn the top of your head with. Sticking with comfort the ear cups are generously large, and sit over-the-ear. They also have a good deal of padding and cushion things nicely without leaving any gaps. As such if you’re wanting to wear these for prolonged sessions, there is no fear constant fiddling or moving in order to cope with a lack of comfort. A bit of everything Now let’s move onto some of the specifications of the Turtle Beach Recon 70 headset. Driving the sound here are some respectable 40mm neodymium speakers which yield a frequency of 12Hz to 20kHz. The range of offer here is solid, with it coping nicely with bass and not producing any kind of tinniness during my time with the Recon 70. If there is one complaint when it comes to sound, it’s the sensitivity of the volume wheel located on…

Turtle Beach Recon 70 Headset Review: Plug In and Go

Turtle Beach Recon 70 Headset Review: Plug In and Go

2019-07-22

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Value for money is hard to come by when it comes to good quality headsets, and at R699 this pair provides enough all-round solid use to provide peace of mind that it’s money well spent. It also means you can spend your hard-earned cash on other elements of your gaming setup.

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Newborn’s gut ‘microbiome’ could give clues to weight later

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A newborn’s first stool holds telltale clues about his risk for becoming an overweight 3-year-old, according to a European study.

The clues come from the population of bacteria (microbiome) in the baby’s gut.

Finnish researchers used genetic sequencing to analyse the first stool produced by 212 newborns and another sample at age 1. Called meconium, a baby’s first stool is composed of material ingested while in the womb.

The children’s weight and height were checked at regular visits, and their antibiotic use recorded.

Analysing the bacteria

Researchers found that the greater the abundance of Staphylococcus bacteria in an infant’s first stool, the shorter the child was at 1 and 2 years of age.

Kids who were overweight by age 3 had much more (29% versus 15%) Bacteroidetes in their infant microbiome than those who were not overweight, the study found. Bacteroidetes are a large group of bacteria found in many environments, as well as in the guts and skin of many animals.

Newborns who were overweight by age 3 also had less Proteobacteria (19% versus 35%), according to the team led by researcher Katja Korpela from the University of Oulu.

The study was presented at a meeting of the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The research also found that antibiotics can alter a child’s microbiome.

Lasting impact of antibiotics

Babies who were given antibiotics in their first year of life had lower levels of Actinobacteria at age 1 than did those who received antibiotics shortly after birth, whose mothers took antibiotics during pregnancy, and those who had no exposure to antibiotics.

In a meeting news release, Korpela’s team said that shows the lasting impact of antibiotics on a child’s microbiome.

Research presented at meetings is typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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