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ICT Tenders: Government at work



Government at work.

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;,
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, General: Brian Matemane, (015) 482 2543,
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
Tender no: IEC/ ICT-01/2019
Information: Technical: Libisi Maphanga or Siviwe Gwadiso, (012) 622 5473/5732, or 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, General: Bhekani Mncwango, (031) 302 0661,
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,
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, General: Lavine Norkee, (021) 483 3957,
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,
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, General: Malefa Mpitso, (012) 482 2983,
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,
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,
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
Tender no: SCMU: 28-2018/19
Information: Technical: Sibusiso Kutshwa, General: Velile Msane,
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, General: Pauline Rapodile, (011) 689 6179,
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, General: Wilson Mudau, (011) 689 6142, fax 086 421 2924, Tender enquiries: Jaco Smit, (011) 689 6058, or Lenard Billings, (011) 689 6416,
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,
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
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,
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,
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,
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,
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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Sainsbury’s named cheapest supermarket of 2019 by Which?




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Sainsbury’s has beaten rivals Morrisons and Asda to be named the cheapest supermarket of 2019, according to a survey by Which?.

Throughout the year, the consumer group tracked the prices of 53 branded items on a typical shopping list.

The list included goods like Andrex toilet roll and Weetabix cereal.

Each month Which? went to supermarket websites to compare the cost of the basket, which carried an average price tag of £107.01 at Sainsbury’s.

That stood in contrast to the average monthly cost of buying the goods at Waitrose – the most expensive supermarket according to the survey – where the price came to £117.81, 10% more.

Sainsbury’s, which was only the third-cheapest supermarket in 2018, stole the title from Morrisons, where the basket would have cost £109.13 last year.

This year, Morrisons was relegated to third place, behind Asda, where the basket of branded goods carried an average price tag of £107.65.

At Tesco, Which? recorded a £112.40 average bill when it reached the checkout. Meanwhile, the receipt was for £116.40 at Ocado.

Because the consumer group only tracked supermarkets that sell their full range online, discounters Lidl and Aldi were not included in the study.

“Your weekly supermarket shop can have a significant impact on your wallet, and the start of a new year is a good time to look at your household spending to see if there are areas where you can save money,” said Natalie Hitchins, head of home products and services at Which?.

“Our analysis shows how important it can be to shop around to ensure you get the best price for your groceries.”

Other items in the basket included Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream and Mr Kipling’s cherry bakewells.

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‘Avenue 5’ review: Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad star in this satirical flight aboard a space-faring cruise ship




The starry cast includes Hugh Laurie as Ryan Clark, the glad-handing captain of the most ill-fated TV ship since a three-hour tour became “Gilligan’s Island.” (As it turns out, Clark’s accent is as put on as his impeccably pressed uniform, and watching Laurie slide back and forth between British and American English when agitated is one of the show’s simplest pleasures.)

Clark is anticipating easy sailing when the spacefaring luxury ship — in the midst of an eight-week vacation voyage — experiences an unfortunate hiccup, potentially extending its stay in outer space. The powers that be aren’t particularly eager to share that news with the passengers or public, so hysteria reigns not only in the ship’s private quarters but back on Earth, where the team at mission control desperately tries to find a solution.

Temporarily stranded, meanwhile, are a particularly odd assortment of personalities, including Avenue 5 owner Herman Judd (Josh Gad, sporting a Richard Branson hairdo), as eccentric as billionaires get. The harried staff, meanwhile, includes Judd’s mostly unflappable right hand (Suzy Nakamura), the ship’s level-headed engineer (Lenora Crichlow) and its officious customer-relations specialist (“Silicon Valley’s” Zach Woods).

The passengers, too, share center stage, among them a couple (Jessica St. Clair, Kyle Bornheimer) whose terrible marriage isn’t helped by the prospect of staying together in a small cabin much longer than either had intended; and a woman (Rebecca Front) whose loud complaints impede Clark’s efforts to keep everyone calm.

Iannucci has a knack for milking laughs out of absurd, utterly uncomfortable situations — as he did in “Veep” and “The Death of Stalin” — and the complications associated with the Avenue 5’s plight (one hesitates to call it “lost in space”) provide a vast canvas upon which to splatter them.

That said, the show’s manic satirical tone yields uneven returns, and the premise takes somewhat fitful advantage of its futuristic setting. The serialized screw-ups do manage to sustain interest, but with so many over-the-top moments and characters, the show occasionally feels like it’s working a little too hard at being outrageous.

Overall “Avenue 5” isn’t bad, based on the four episodes previewed, but nor is it good enough to merit an open-ended commitment. The bottom line is if the series keeps cruising along at this creative level and madcap pace, unlike characters in the show, there won’t be any difficulty finding a way to jump ship.

“Avenue 5” premieres Jan. 19 at 10 p.m. on HBO, which, like CNN, is a unit of WarnerMedia.

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Fulham 1-0 Middlesbrough: Anthony Knockaert sends Whites third with winner




Anthony Knockaert scored his first Championship goal since September to give Fulham victory

Fulham moved up to third in the Championship as Anthony Knockaert’s early goal gave them victory over in-form Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage.

Knockaert capped a blistering opening half an hour from the hosts with what proved to be the winner, meeting Joe Bryan’s low fizzing cross to tap home at the far post.

It was the least Fulham deserved for their relentless first-half pressure, with the absence of injured top goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic perhaps telling as Scott Parker’s side squandered at least three guilt-edged opportunities.

Ivan Cavaleiro and Josh Onomah were most guilty, both failing to hit the target when well placed, while Denis Odoi deflected Hayden Coulson’s cross on to his own crossbar on a rare foray forward from Boro.

The contest was much tighter after half-time, although Odoi thought he had made the game safe when his glancing header found the corner of the net – only to be flagged offside by the barest of margins.

But Fulham were able to see out the game relatively comfortably to leapfrog Brentford; the win leaves them four points outside an automatic promotion place.

The result also checks Middlesbrough’s recent resurgence, with defeat in west London their first in six league matches, after they had clawed themselves clear of relegation trouble.

That run included eye-catching wins at West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End, but they never came close to repeating that level of performance against Fulham.

Knockaert had already curled one effort wide even before opening the scoring in the sixth minute, while captain Tom Cairney and Bryan also had efforts saved.

Paddy McNair came closest to an equaliser in the closing stages, inadvertently guiding a free-kick from out wide towards the far corner and forcing goalkeeper Marek Rodak into a smart save.

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Man dies after four swimmers experience difficulties at Tinley Manor Beach in KZN




One person died after four swimmers got into difficulties in the surf on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast on Friday, Netcare 911 has confirmed.

Spokesperson Shawn Herbst said paramedics had responded to reports of a mass drowning at Tinley Manor Beach, where reports from the scene indicated four bathers, all adult men, had got into difficulties while swimming.

“Three of the four men were rescued by lifeguards while a fourth had disappeared under the water. The patient was rescued by lifeguards who pulled the man onto the shore.

“After noticing the patient was unresponsive and not breathing, lifeguards began CPR,” Herbst added.

When the medics arrived, an “extensive attempt to revive” the swimmer was made.

He was, however, declared dead at the scene.

– Compiled by Tammy Petersen

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Lesotho PM confirms resignation after alleged link to wife’s murder




Lesotho’s prime minister confirmed on Friday that he would resign after police linked him to the murder of his estranged wife nearly three years ago.

Thomas Thabane had faced calls from senior members of his All Basotho Convention (ABC) party to step down after police said there was evidence connecting him to the 2017 killing.

However, Thabane did not address the allegations against him when he announced his resignation plans at a press briefing in the capital Maseru.

Thabane gave no timeframe for his departure, but said he would nevertheless continue in his role as leader of the ABC.

“Truth be told, I have become of age and my strength has lessened, hence I announce before you today that I have an intention to step down and when such time comes I will let you know,” the 80-year-old said.

He said he had worked as long as he could for the well-being of the Basotho, an ethnic group native to Lesotho and South Africa.

“I am convinced that there is still much to do.”

Thabane’s 58-year-old wife Lipolelo was gunned down by unknown assailants on the outskirts of the capital in June 2017 – two days before he took office – in a killing that shocked the tiny country.

The couple were in the process of getting a divorce.

In his inaugural speech, Thabane described his wife’s murder as a “senseless killing”.

Police commissioner Holomo Molibeli, who is challenging Thabane’s attempts to sack him, has filed court documents — seen by AFP last week — alleging there was evidence linking Thabane to the murder.

Thabane was previously premier after 2012 elections but was forced to flee to South Africa — which entirely surrounds Lesotho — following an attempted coup two years later.

His coalition had been largely expected to usher in a new era of stability to the mountain kingdom following the collapse of both the previous joint administrations but three years on, Lesotho remains poverty-stricken.

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Ukraine audiotape row: President rejects PM’s offer to quit




Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (left) meets Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk in Kyiv. Photo: 17 January 2020Image copyright
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President Zelensky (left) said Mr Honcharuk must tackle a number of key issues to keep his job

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has rejected a resignation offer by Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk over a leaked audiotape scandal.

“I decided to give you a chance,” Mr Zelensky told the prime minister during a “clear the air” meeting.

But he said this was dependant on Mr Honcharuk’s ability to tackle a number of pressing issues.

In the tape, a voice sounding like Mr Honcharuk’s says Mr Zelensky only has a “primitive” grasp of economics.

Mr Honcharuk, a 35-year-old trained lawyer, also appears to admit that he himself is not good at economics.

The authenticity of the recording has not been officially confirmed.

Mr Zelensky, a 41-year-old TV comedian and businessman, was elected last April, trouncing President Petro Poroshenko.

The audiotape affair comes at a difficult time for Mr Zelensky, as his relations with President Donald Trump are under intense scrutiny. The US president is being impeached for allegedly trying to pressure Mr Zelensky into investigating political rival Joe Biden.

What did Mr Zelensky say?

At Friday’s meeting in Kyiv, the president described the situation around the leaked recording as “very unpleasant”.

But he said he decided to keep the prime-minister and his cabinet, taking into account that the public had “great trust” in them when the government was formed last August.

“You have not yet repaid this loan to our society,” Mr Zelensky said.

At the same time, Mr Zelensky warned that Mr Honcharuk must tackle the issue of high salaries among government ministers and other issues to keep his job.

The president also gave the Ukrainian authorities two weeks to track down the source of the leak.

What was in the leaked tape?

The controversial audiotape was uploaded to an anonymous YouTube channel on Wednesday evening.

Mr Honcharuk was apparently discussing the national budget during a December meeting with the finance minister and National Bank of Ukraine.

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Writing on social media, Mr Honcharuk said the recordings had been edited from several fragments of government meetings to create the false impression that he did not respect the president.

He said Mr Zelensky was “a model of honesty for me”, but “to remove any doubts about our respect and trust in the president, I wrote a resignation offer”.

Before joining the Zelensky team Mr Honcharuk worked as a commercial lawyer. He is the youngest prime minister in Ukraine’s history.

Some Ukrainian commentators have speculated that the leak may be a deliberate attempt to destabilise Mr Zelensky’s government, and there are questions about its authenticity.

In an excerpt from the recording, broadcast by private news channel 112 Ukraina, the voice attributed to Mr Honcharuk scorns the “Sorosite” reformers around President Zelensky – a reference to reformers backed by billionaire US financier George Soros, a major philanthropist in ex-communist eastern Europe.

“There used to be good business managers, under whom the [economic growth] was 4.6%. Then Sorosites came, and the economic growth is 2% and less. And you cannot prove anything to anyone,” the speaker said.

“And all of this, together, induces in the president a feeling that the situation is uncontrollable. We do not understand. We have no plans.”

That bleak assessment is, however, contradicted by some recent reports on the Ukrainian economy.

Ukraine’s state statistics service last month estimated output in 2019 at just over 3%, the highest rate for the past eight years.

Anders Aslund, a Ukraine expert at the Atlantic Council think-tank, says the budget deficit was reduced to 2% of GDP (total output) in 2019, inflation fell to 5% and the currency, the hryvnia, strengthened 19% against the US dollar.

Mr Honcharuk’s government secured a $5.5bn (£4.2bn; €4.9bn) IMF loan programme in December, but the payments depend on Ukraine’s progress in reforming the economy, especially in tackling the power of oligarchs.

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