Thursday, April 06, 2006

SA Government Tender process ....

The Minister of Public Works wanted to remodel her office, so she invited different contractors for tenders.

One was from Johannesburg, one from Durban and the last one from
"OK gentlemen, I want a nice job ," She said, "Let's hear from Jhb?"
The guy took out his ultrasonic measuring device and tablet computer
and began measuring, scrawling on the computer, calculating.

Eventually he said "R90,000, Madam Minister,"

"That seems like quite a lot of money! Why R90,000?"

"You see," he replied, "that's R40,000 for material, R40,000 for
labour and R10,000 for my profit".

Stella seemed OK with that and turned to the Durban contractor. "So
how much do you want to do the job?" she asked.
The Durban fella took out a rusted tape measure, broken clipboard
and a blunt pencil. He took some measurements, scratched some calculations
on the back of his Rothmans box and came up with a figure of R70,000.

"That's interesting!" Said Stella. "Explain the R70,000?"
"Simple, Madam Minister, I got a brother-in-law in the hardware
trade,so that's R35,000 for materials, R30,000 for my guys, and R5,000
for my profit and all."
Stella was amused but happy to accept the explanation. Then she
asked the Soweto contractor for his quotation. He just smiled, looked the
minister in the eyes and said, "R270,000!"

"Yoh Yoh Yoh!... How did you come to that amount without even taking
your measurements? What is that amount for?"

"That's R100,000 for me & R100,000 for you!" he replied.

"So what about the remaining R70,000?" asked Stella.

The Soweto contractor said, "We hire that guy from Durban to do the job!!!"

Who do you think wins the tender ....??


At 1:58 PM, Blogger ChittyChittyBangBang! said...

Good one. I am using that when we go for drinks at the pub tonight.
I wonder if Stella will join us? We could get a lot of drinks for R100,000.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger Terri said...

True story?

At 8:27 AM, Blogger whatalotoffun said...

That is why The SA government has all these cases of fraud now. But its so true.

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Bosbefok said...

Chitty - I can see that type of thing happening all too easily :0)

Terri - Must be...

Whatalot - It is true ! I read it in the "YOU" magazine :-)


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