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Five service providers were awarded contracts for the delivery and distribution of food parcels in the Northern Cape. The total value of the contracts for April and May alone was more than R11 million.

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FIVE service providers were awarded contracts for the delivery and distribution of food parcels in the Northern Cape. The total value of the contracts for April and May alone was more than R11 million.

This is according to the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, who was responding to a Parliamentary question from the IFP’s Liezl van der Merwe regarding the value of contracts awarded to service providers for the delivery and distribution of food parcels.

The service providers who were awarded contracts to supply parcels in the Northern Cape were Gauteng-registered Bompembe Trading (R555 990 for April and R2 518 986.86 for May), Centurian-registered Mamonyai Consulting (R816 000 for April and R1 624 800 for May), KwaZulu-Natal-registered Mandlakomoya Trading and Projects (R180 000 for April and R1 562 400 for May), Matiko Holdings (R589 195 for April and R2 207 982 for May), which is registered in Rustenburg in the North West, and Mortarboard Trading (R243 097 for April and R1 344 288 for May). The total rand value in the Northern Cape was R2 384 282 for April and R9 258 458 for May.

According to Zulu, the content of the food parcels issued by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) in each province was standardised. The content of the food parcels was as follows: Maize meal (1×12.5kg), nutritional supplement (2x1kg), cooking oil (2x750ml), pilchards (6x400g tins), soya mince (3x1kg), sugar (1×2.5kg), sugar beans (1x2kg), bread flour (1×2.5kg), tea bags (2×100 teabags), yeast (2x10g), peanut butter (1x800g), milk (1x1kg milk powder or 6x1litre long-life), toothpaste (2x100g), washing soap (2x500g) and sanitary towels (3xpack of 8).

“The services rendered by the contracted suppliers was to deliver food parcels on receipt of an order from Sassa.”

Meanwhile, it has also emerged that only one of the 191 non-profit organisations across the country to help with Covid-19 interventions was from the Northern Cape. This was Thought, based in Olifantshoek.

This is according to a question asked by Annacleta Siwisa to the Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille.

According to De Lille, in 2019, a total of 339 NPOs were contracted by the Independent Development Trust (IDT) to implement the Non-State Sector (NSS) Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) programme over a period of two years from the 2019/20 to 2020/21 financial years.

“The 339 NPOs contracted into the programme were appointed based on the following criteria: proof of NPO registration with Department of Social Development (DSD); letter of good standing from the DSD; letter of good standing on Compensation for Occupational and Injuries and Disease Act (COIDA); proof of registration with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF); printed copy for proof of registration with the Central Supplier Database (CSD) Registration; track record of existence of not less than two years; and willingness to participate in the EPWP COVID-19 response project.

“For the EPWP Covid-19 response project, the same 339 NPOs were assessed for compliance with the CSD. From the assessed and contacted NPOs, some NPOs were not willing to participate in this intervention. Finally only 189 NPOs were appointed.”

De Lille stated that 77% of the NPOs contracted are 100% black-owned.