Ruling confirms 180-day tender window
GMI's Commercial Litigation and Public Law Department acted on behalf of the City of Tshwane in an urgent application brought by Eleven debt collectors to have their tender reinstated. The Tshwane metro advertised the tender on 24 May 2013, but awarded contracts only on 21 January 2014. Judge Ephraim Makgoba, of the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria), ruled against the applicants, saying it was established law that the 180 days requirement for the conclusion of tenders was not flexible. The debt collectors argued that Tshwane was within its rights to extend this 180-day period. But Makgoba referred to case law involving Telkom, RAF and SAAB Grintek tenders where the courts consistently held the 180 days window to be non-negotiable. The debt collection tender expired on 27 December 2013 and it was therefore unlawful to award the contracts three weeks later.
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