Parliamentary question: DCS: Kimberley new prison

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QUESTION no: 1688

Mr J Selfe (DA) to ask the Minister of Correctional Services:

(1)(a) To which company was the telephone system tender for the newly constructed Kimberley Prison awarded, (b) what was the total cost of the installation of the system, (c) when was the system (i) initially due to be completed and (ii) installed;
(2)Whether the has been any problems or irregularities with installation and installed telephone system; if so, what are the relevant details;
(3)Whether any action has been taken to remedy the situation; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(4)Whether any additional costs have been incurred as a result; if not, why not; if so, what (a) amounts and (b) are there further relevant details;
(5)Whether any action has been taken against the service provider; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY
(1)(a) Dimension Data was awarded the tender.
(b) The total cost for the installation of the system was R20 861 358-91.
(c) (i) It was due to be completed in February 2010
(ii) Is was then completed May 2010
(2)Yes; there were problems with the installation. The problem was the delay in trenching by Telkom.
(3)Telkom was engaged at that stage to expedite the trenching process.
(4)Yes additional costs were incurred.
(a)The amount of R500 000-00 was incurred as additional costs
(b)An interim wireless connectivity and telephone services were provided
(5) There was no action taken against the service provider.