Over 60 Nissan NP300’s, 16 Mitsubishi 4-ton Canters, John Deere Tractors, and many more vehicles are up for grabs during the Ambassador Auction Group auction on 26 January and 2 February 2021.
The municipality reportedly rented vehicles from BertoBrite at a whopping R9 million per month and the vehicles have been immobilised several times last year due to non-payment of the service provider.
During a virtual council meeting in September 2020, where North West MEC of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Boitumelo Moiloa placed the municipality under administration once again, Motlogelwa said there were serious allegations against a senior manager regarding the leasing of the fleet and a head count of the vehicles had to be done. In July 2020 the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) said the Madibeng municipality allegedly spent R1 billion on leased vehicles in the 2017/2018 financial year.
According to municipal spokesperson, Tumelo Tshabalala, the municipality entered into a fleet lease contract with Bertobrite In 2017. “The contract expired at the end of last year,” he said.
Regarding service delivery at the moment, he said the municipality has engaged service providers for a period not exceeding three months in order to allow procurement of a new fleet, and to avoid service delivery interruptions.
“Currently the municipality is finalising a long term fleet strategy which will be presented to Council in January 2021. The buying option would be procured through the RT 57 National Treasury Transversal Contract which we have been approved to participate in. A lease option would follow normal procurement processes which will be concluded by end of March 2021.”