The Tshwane Papers

The Tshwane Papers

Swarms of middlemen are profiting from outrageous mark-ups on municipal deals.

Leaked documents reveal ANC patronage network of 50,000 scam suppliers of goods at outrageous markups.

The coalition governments that will run South Africa’s municipalities for the next five years face a mammoth task, having inherited bankrupt and corrupt municipalities that have become synonymous with ANC rule.

Tshwane offers a perfect example. Barely-concealed corruption is to be found in most areas of local government, ranging from crony appointments and inflated tenders, to contracts awarded to unqualified middlemen who add no value to the product they supply. Deals are often the result of a single phone-call made by the middleman, or so-called vendor, who only then pops around to the manufacturer, wholesaler or neighbourhood supermarket to buy the required goods. By the time the product is delivered to the municipality, however, the mark-up can be as much as 400%.

Like to see more ?

Subscribe to our on-line edition !

For a mere R305.00 per year you get the convenience of our online version including:
  • Twelve monthly issues of Noseweek delivered to your browser
  • A searchable archive
  • Access to every back issue since 1993 !
  • A downloadable PDF version

If it’s just the article you are after, you can purchase it by clicking here.

Tempted ?

For a taste of what awaits you, you are welcome to browse this free issue.

Share this article:

Reader's comments

Like to add your own comment ? Please click here to subscribe - OR -
Submitted by : Lynne Correia of Stellenbosch on 2016-09-18 20:59:14
We all know someone who knows someone. So, the brother of a friend is fairly senior in the maintenance matters in Egoli's municipal buildings. He says (and you can believe it or not) that nothing, but nothing, is done without a tender. Something as simple as having to repair a door knob goes out to "tender". Back in the day, what would have involved Willem or Piet with a tool-box must now be open to the tendering process. The result is that the repair of said door-knob can run into the thousands of rands as each BEE tier gets it's taste of fat.


While every reasonable effort is taken to ensure the accuracy and soundness of the contents of this publication, neither the authors nor the publishers of this website bear any responsibility for the consequences of any actions based on the information contained therein.

Important information regarding cookies
By using this website, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.