Statement by Minister Jeff Radebe, on the announcement of the procurement of buses for 2010
29 April 2009
Let me first greet all members of the media who are present here today. As you know that the most critical component of our Transport Preparations for 2010 is the provision of the transport infrastructure but most importantly the provision of the various modes of public transportation for the World Cup.
During May 2008 the Department of Transport issued a Request for Proposal (RFP), to the market for the supply of buses and coaches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We received a number of proposals and only four met all the minimum requirements to qualify for an evaluation.
The RFP required respondents to submit responses in two parts – technical and financial. Only three bidders were short listed after the evaluation process and were issued a Best and Final Offer (BAFO) document on 4 December 2008.
Proposals in response to the BAFO document were received from all three bidders. Following the conclusion of the evaluation, an Inter-Departmental Evaluation Committee considered and approved the recommendations of the evaluation panels.
I am therefore delighted to announce today that the following bidders achieved the preferred bidders’ status:
1. Mercedes Benz for the production of semi-luxury and intercity buses; and
2. MAN for the production of general spectators buses.
I am also delighted to announce that government is putting a guarantee of R1,4 billion for the purpose of acquiring the 570 buses. An order of buses will soon be placed which will be divided as follows:
* 110 general spectator – standard buses
* 168 semi luxury coaches
* 292 intercity buses
An additional 260 buses will be leased from the industry, 250 for general spectator services and 10 semi-luxury coaches, bringing the total fleet to 830 for the 2010 bus/coach services to be provided by government.
I am pleased with the progress we have made so far, and would like to thank all the stakeholders who are involved and consequently assisted us to get this far. I am confident that we will host the best ever World Cup, for Africa and the world.
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Issued By: Ministry of Transport
29 April 2009