SA Army gains new water system


The South African Army has awarded black empowerment company Malutsa of Dal Josafat at Paarl, near Cape Town, a five year R342 113 766.34 contract for an undisclosed number of bespoke water purification plants to replace legacy systems. The contract was awarded Thursday. Malutsa beat seven other companies for the work that relates to Project Blesbok.

Department of Defence arms acquisition agency issued a Request for Quotations on March 8 last year, with bids to be received by June 4. The military in 2006 told Parliament Project Blesbok involved the partial acquisition of a new-generation water purification and provisioning system. The staff requirement was defined in January 2006 and local production was foreseen for 2008 under the “7B” shortened acquisition process. The provision of potable water to deployed forces in both war and peace is an important function of the South African Engineering Corps (SAEC), which currently has a water detachments in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The contract winner, Malutsa, specialises in the design, construction, maintenance and service of water and wastewater treatment plants as well as the supply of water and wastewater treatment chemicals and consumables. According to its website, target markets include all major industrial and municipal sectors where desalination, water treatment, effluent treatment and specialised separation of process streams are required. The company was established in 1997 with majority shareholding by previously disadvantaged South Africans.

The company employs personnel with extensive experience in water and wastewater treatment and has supply agreements with, and access to technology, of reputable and leading international companies in the chemical manufacturing, membrane and ultraviolet technology fields, its website avers. Additionally, Malutsa also has the backing and support, in terms of technology and chemical process engineering, of some of the most experienced professional engineers in water and wastewater treatment. In 2005 the company was active in the Indian Ocean tsunami relief effort, having been approached by the South African government, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, UNICEF, the Red Cross and the Maldives government Department of Water.

Acquisition of Purifier systems of the water provisioning system for the SA Army

EAES/2009/570 19 May 2011 R342 113 766,34 Malutsa