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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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ConCourt ruling to assist in combating child abuse: Ramaphosa – SABC News

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Constitutional Court ruling – that confirms that corporal punishment at home is unconstitutional – will further assist in combating the abuse of children.

Ramaphosa had called a joint sitting of Parliament to discuss violence against women and children.

 

The President says the many forms of child abuse must be fought on all levels.

“ConCourt handed down extremely important judgment. When talk about violence against children, focus on sexual abuse but battering of children is a very serious problem that must also get attention. Children must be protected from all forms of violence, in home, streets or schools,” explains the President.

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Apples rot in Kashmir orchards, as lockdown puts economy in tailspin

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SOPORE, India (Reuters) – It’s harvest time, but the market in the northern Kashmiri town of Sopore – usually packed with people, trucks and produce at this time of year – is empty, while in orchards across India’s Jammu and Kashmir state unpicked apples rot on the branch.

FILE PHOTO: Rotten apples are seen on a tree at an apple orchard, in Sopore, north Kashmir, September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

In one of the world’s largest apple growing regions, a weeks-old lockdown imposed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi dramatically abolished the state’s special constitutional status has cut transport links with buyers in India and abroad, fruit growers and traders say, plunging the industry into turmoil.

Modi sold the move as a way to spur growth by integrating the state with the rest of India. But, for now, the unrest that has come in the wake of his government’s action has upended the economy, further fuelling resentment in the Muslim-majority territory where an armed revolt against India rule has ebbed and flowed over 30 years.

At dawn late last week the market in Sopore, a town known locally as “Little London” for its lush orchards, big houses and relative affluence, was deserted, its gates locked.

“Everyone is scared,” a lone trader, rushing to an adjoining mosque for morning prayers, told Reuters. “No one will come.”

Apples are the lifeblood of Kashmir’s economy, involving 3.5 million people, around half the population of the state.

In a surprise move on Aug. 5, just as the harvest season as getting under way, the government abrogated provisions in India’s constitution that gave the Jammu and Kashmir partial autonomy and stipulated only residents could buy property or hold government jobs. Strict movement restrictions were imposed simultaneously, and mobile, telephone, and internet connections snapped.

The government said the immediate priority was to prevent an eruption of violence in Kashmir, where more than 40,000 people have been killed since 1989, and that curbs are slowly being eased, including the opening up of landline phones.

Further out, the government has promised rapid economic development and plans an investor summit later this year to attract some of India’s top companies to the region, create jobs and lure young people away from militancy.

In the short-term, however, farmers and fruit traders say the clampdown is stopping them from either getting their produce to market or shipping it out to the rest of India. Some say they have also been threatened into stopping work by militant groups.

In orchard after orchard surrounding Sopore, apples hung rotting on trees. “We are stuck from both sides,” said Haji, a trader, sitting inside a sprawling two-story house in Sopore. “We can neither go here, nor there.” 

BUSINESSES REELING

Business people who spoke to Reuters say it is not just the fruit industry that is reeling – two other key sectors of Kashmir’s economy, tourism and handicrafts, have also been hit hard.

Shameem Ahmed, a travel agent who owns a houseboat in the summer capital Srinagar, said this year’s tourist season was completely wiped out.

“August was peak season, and we had bookings up to October,” he said. “It will take a long time to revive, and we don’t know what will happen next.”

The near complete lack of tourists has also hit carpet traders such as Shoukat Ahmed.

“When there are no tourists, there are no sales,” he said. “We are also unable to sell across India because communication is down.”

At a major chamber of commerce in Srinagar, some members said the continuing lack of internet and mobile connections had paralyzed their work, including the ability to file taxes and make bank transactions.

Some businessmen have also been among the hundreds of politicians and civil society leaders detained by the authorities since early August to dampen any backlash.

While many of those arrested across the region have since been released, Haseeb Drabu, a former state finance minister from a local party once allied with Modi’s ruling BJP, said outsiders were now balking at doing business with Kashmiris.

“With a few businessmen raided and more under detention, why would anyone from the rest of the country engage with them and subject himself to a possible enquiry of his transaction and opening of his books?” Drabu said.

“IT’S HOPELESS”

India and Pakistan have twice gone to war over Kashmir, which is divided between them but both claim in full, and it remains at the heart of decades of hostility.

In February, the nuclear-armed neighbors engaged in an aerial duel after a deadly militant attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy in Kashmir, raising the fear of a broader conflict.

The latest bout of instability has been devastating to the likes of Manzoor Kolu, who runs a five-roomed houseboat on Srinagar’s mirror-calm Dal lake, framed by snow-clad mountains.

Days before Aug. 5, Kolu said police had come asking him to move tourists out of the property, fearing unrest.

“They told me that if anything happens, I would be responsible,” he said. His four guests, all Indian tourists, left shortly after. No guest has come since.

“Now we have to wait until next April. It’s hopeless,” he said, sitting inside the living room of the 35-year-old boat, packed with intricately carved wooden furniture and traditional Kashmiri carpets. “So many times, I’ve thought of selling, but this is my father’s whole life’s achievement.”

Kashmir’s tourism industry has lost momentum in recent years, starting with devastating floods in 2014 and followed by a sustained period of unrest in 2016.

Tourist numbers had begun improving between April and July this year, government data showed, only to drop off a cliff in August. Only 10,130 tourists came last month, compared with nearly 150,000 in July and more than 160,000 in June this year.

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In a one-story house in Srinagar’s working-class Zoonimar neighborhood, Abdul Hamid Shah sits beneath a window quietly embroidering a Kashmiri shawl. Each shawl is at least three months’ work, and some take a whole year to complete.

Shah is typically paid 35,000 Indian rupees ($490) per shawl, which he often gets in monthly instalments of around 10,000 rupees. Since August, his payments from a shawl trader he has worked with for a decade have shrunk.

“He’s telling me he doesn’t have money because there is no business,” Shah said.

Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Alex Richardson

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C-Section Babies Have More Potentially Infectious Gut Bacteria

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Scientists from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, UCL, the University of Birmingham and their collaborators discovered that whereas vaginally born babies got most of their gut bacteria from their mother, babies born via caesarean did not, and instead had more bacteria associated with hospital environments in their guts. Science Daily reports: The exact role of the baby’s gut bacteria is unclear and it isn’t known if these differences at birth will have any effect on later health. The researchers found the differences in gut bacteria between vaginally born and caesarean delivered babies largely evened out by 1 year old, but large follow-up studies are needed to determine if the early differences influence health outcomes. Experts from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists say that these findings should not deter women from having a caesarean birth.

Published in Nature today, this largest ever study of neonatal microbiomes also revealed that the microbiome of vaginally delivered newborns did not come from the mother’s vaginal bacteria, but from the mother’s gut. This calls into question the controversial practice of swabbing babies born via caesarean with mother’s vaginal bacteria. Understanding how the birth process impacts on the baby’s microbiome will enable future research into bacterial therapies.

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