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Government at work.

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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Vaping nearly killed me, says British teenager

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A teenage boy nearly died after vaping caused a catastrophic reaction in his lungs, doctors in Nottingham say.

Ewan Fisher was connected to an artificial lung to keep him alive after his own lungs failed and he could not breathe.

Ewan told BBC News e-cigarettes had “basically ruined me” and urged other young people not to vape.

His doctors say vaping is “not safe”, although health bodies in the UK say it is 95% safer than tobacco.

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What happened?

Ewan started vaping in early 2017. He was 16 at the time and wanted to quit smoking to improve his boxing.

Despite being under age, he said, “it was easy” to buy either cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

In May that year, Ewan was finding it harder and harder to breathe.

His mother took Ewan to accident and emergency on the night before his GCSE exams, because he was coughing and choking in his sleep.

His lungs were failing and he very quickly ended up on life-support in intensive care in Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

“I thought I was going to die,” Ewan told BBC News.

Ewan was getting worse. Even ventilation could not get enough oxygen into his body and his life was in the balance.

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Ewan was attached to an ECMO machine to keep him alive

He was taken to Leicester and attached to an artificial lung or ECMO (extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation) machine.

“This machine saved my life,” he said.

Large tubes took blood out of Ewan, removed the carbon dioxide, added oxygen and pumped the blood back into his body.

“He had very serious respiratory failure, he had to go to ECMO and that is a very big deal,” Dr Jayesh Bhatt, a consultant at Nottingham University Hospitals, told BBC News.

“He got as ill as anyone can get.”

The case – from May 2017 – has just come to light in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.

How is Ewan now?

Ewan, who is 19 on Tuesday, had a long recovery. It was six months before he was properly up and on his feet again.

“I’m still not back to normal, I’d say 75-80%, it’s in the last six months that I’m feeling a bit stronger in myself,” he said.

“Vaping has basically ruined me, I try to tell everyone and they think I’m being stupid, I tell my mates and they don’t listen.

“They still do it, they all still vape, but they’ve seen what I’ve been through.

“Is it worth risking your life for smoking e-cigs?

“I don’t want you to end up like me and I don’t want you to be dead, I wouldn’t wish [that] on anyone.”

Ewan also fears being around other vapers – everywhere from the pub to High Street – could damage his lungs again.

Is vaping to blame?

His doctors say the answer is yes.

Ewan developed a condition called hypersensitivity pneumonitis – something he was breathing in was setting off his immune system, with catastrophic consequences.

“You get an over-exuberant inflammatory response and the lungs pay a price and develop respiratory failure,” Dr Bhatt said.

One of the most common forms of hypersensitivity pneumonitis is “bird fancier’s lung”, which is caused by particles from feathers or bird droppings.

When scientists tested the two e-cigarette liquids Ewan had been using, they found one of them was triggering an immune reaction.

Dr Bhatt said: “The real learning point is vaping is not safe, especially for young people, they should never go near it.

“We consider e-cigarettes as ‘much safer than tobacco’ at our peril.”

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How common is this?

There are 3.6 million people vaping in the UK and reactions like this are rare.

However, doctors have told BBC News Ewan’s case is not an isolated incident.

“As vaping becomes more popular, we are beginning to see more cases,” Dr Hemant Kulkarni, a consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said.

He told BBC News: “Some of the cases my colleagues and I have seen are teenagers presenting with severe lung injury and some of these have been life-threatening.

“However, in the cases I’ve been involved in, patients are now regaining normal lung function.”

Dr Kulkarni is “surprised” e-cigarettes are advertised in the UK, given the severe reaction they can cause in children and a lack of scientific studies on their safety.

Is vaping dangerous?

Smoking is pretty much the worst thing you can do for your health.

E-cigarettes are promoted in the UK as a way to quit because they let people inhale nicotine in vapour rather than breathing in smoke.

Ewan’s reaction to vaping was extreme, but what about the rest of us who would not end up with hypersensitivity pneumonitis?

Public Health England says vaping is 95% safer than smoking but is not without risks.

Rosanna O’ Connor, the body’s director of drugs, alcohol and tobacco, said: “Smoking kills half of lifelong smokers and accounts for almost 220 deaths in England every day.

“Our advice remains that while not completely risk free, UK regulated e-cigarettes carry a fraction of the risk of smoked tobacco.”

But there are arguments about how safe vaping really is.

The World Health Organization says e-cigarettes are “undoubtedly harmful and should therefore be subject to regulation”.

It also raises concerns vaping is being aggressively marketed at young people – particularly through the use of flavourings – and risked re-normalising smoking.

Is Ewan’s case similar to those in the US?

The deaths of 39 people in the US have been connected to vaping and have prompted worldwide concern about its safety.

There have been 2,051 cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (called EVALI) in the outbreak.

Most of those cases, but not all, have been linked to vaping THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

Ewan was vaping standard e-cigarettes bought from a shop.

What do experts says?

Dr Nick Hopkinson, the medical director of the British Lung Foundation, said: “If people switch completely from smoking to vaping, they will substantially reduce their health risk as e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco and any harmful components are present at a much lower level.

“People who do switch should try to quit vaping in the long term too but not at the expense of relapsing to smoking – and non-smokers should not take up vaping.”

Prof John Britton, the director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, at the University of Nottingham, said: “This is worrying, and the risk needs to be acknowledged, but in absolute terms it is extremely small and, crucially, far smaller than that of smoking.

“The advice remains the same: if you smoke, switch to vaping; if you don’t smoke, don’t vape.”

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England v Montenegro: Raheem Sterling to miss Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley

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England team-mates Joe Gomez and Raheem Sterling during Sunday’s Premier League match at Anfield, where Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1

England forward Raheem Sterling will not play in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Thursday “as a result of a disturbance in a private team area”, the Football Association has announced.

The 24-year-old Manchester City player was involved in an on-field argument with Liverpool and England defender Joe Gomez, 22, during the Reds’ 3-1 Premier League victory at Anfield.

“Unfortunately the emotions of yesterday’s game were still raw,” said England boss Gareth Southgate.

“One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we’ve been able to separate club rivalries from the national team.

“We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday. My feeling is that the right thing for the team is the action we have taken.

“Now that the decision has been made with the agreement of the entire squad, it’s important that we support the players and focus on Thursday night.”

England play their 1,000th senior men’s international on Thursday and a win at Wembley would book a spot at Euro 2020 with one qualifying game to spare.

The Three Lions are top of Euro 2020 Qualifying Group A, three points clear of the Czech Republic and four ahead of Kosovo with the top two nations advancing.

A win for Southgate’s side will see them qualify, while a point will also be enough if the match between the Czech Republic and Kosovo also ends in a draw.

England then play their final group match away in Kosovo on Thursday, 17 November.

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