APPOINTMENT OF A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE PROVIDER FOR DUINE ROAD EXTENSION

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APPOINTMENT OF A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE PROVIDER FOR DUINE ROAD EXTENSION

Suitably Qualified Professional Service providers are hereby invited to submit
tenders for the Route Determination, Design and Implementation of Duine Road
Extension in Jeffreys Bay.

Tenders

An electronic copy of the tender scope of works will be available on E-Tender portal www.etender.gov.za or the municipal website www.kouga.gov.za.

Printed copies of the Tender Document will be available at a non- refundable fee of R300 per document as from Friday, 14 June 2019 from the Registry Section, 33 Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay,6330 Tel No: 042 2002200.

Please note:
• Telegraphic, telephonic, telex, facsimile, email or late tenders will not be accepted.
• This contract will be evaluated on the 80/20 point scoring system.
• The Guidelines for locally produced goods or locally manufactured goods with a stipulated minimum threshold where applicable will be applied.
• A valid SARS Tax Clearance Certificate and the Tax compliance Status pin to be submitted.
• Prospective Service Providers must register on Kouga Municipality’s Supplier database as per the registration requirements.
• The National Treasury Central Supplier Database Summary report must be submitted.
• In order to claim Preference points a valid originally or certified B-BBEE Status level Verification certificate or a Sworn Affidavit completed on the DTI
format must be submitted to validate the claim.
• The Council reserves the right to accept any tender and, or part thereof, appoint more than one contractor, and does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any tender. The Council reserves the right to appoint any contractor.
• The validity period for submission must be 120 days from the closing date.
• Eligibility as detailed in the Conditions of Tender will apply (see F2.1 in Section T1.2: Tender Data) will be applicable. A tender offer not satisfying the stated eligibility criteria will be eliminated
• Functionality as detailed in the Conditions of Tender will apply (see F3.8.2 in Section T1.2: Tender Data). Tenderers are required to demonstrate their ability to undertake the work and provide proof of experience and expertise. Tenders failing to score a minimum of 70% for Functionality will be eliminated.
• Tenders that are deposited in the incorrect box or delivered to any other venue will not be considered.

Any inquiries relating to this tender must be submitted in writing via e-mail to tenders@kouga.gov.za and copied to jdutoit@kouga.gov.za

Completed documents in a sealed envelope endorsed “NOTICE NO: 113/2019:

“APPOINTMENT OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE PROVIDER FOR DUINE ROAD EXTENTION”, must be placed in the Tender Box in the foyer of the Municipal Offices at 33 Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay on or before MONDAY, 15 JULY 2019 at 12:00.

C. Du Plessis
Municipal Manager

Tongue in Cheek at SONA 2019

Well we can expect the warm weather berg wind to continue for a bit longer considering all the hot air that was spoken in parliament last night. Talk of a new city was most interesting for Cyril must have paid an unseen visit to St Francis recently for we have the start of the ‘new city’ right here on our doorstep.

 I refer of course  to the growing ‘city of China Town’ for the way it is expanding adjacent Santareme towards the tip and alongside the R330. Cyril  spoke of revitalising the building industry but somehow I don’t see our many construction companies benefitting unless thaye start new tin and boxwood divisions. The estate too cannot expect too many sales from this sector unless of course they are an ANC cadre who has a concession to sell the plots. Sadly is won’t benefit the municipality for the development of this ‘new city’ will not attract anycash flow by way of rates and taxes but rather reduce the profitability of an already stretched electricity uupply with thousands more illegal connections. And the SRA cannot expect a spinoff for this ‘new city’ fall outside the demarcated area.

Oh well Cyril did say they are going to clamp down on all those involved in state capton and corruption. Of course he omitted to say this excluded the higher echelons of his party  for they have become the ‘Untouchables’. Little doubt that the head untouchable will be Cyril’s predecessor followed by the ACE in the ANC’s stacked deck.

Ah well maybe there is a little hope that the Untouchable will indeed fall for I seem to remember a movie made called the Untouchables starring Sean Connery and Kevin Costner some years ago where the baddies finally fall in a bloodbath. An aspiring movie maker could get some colourful scenes for a local remake with cadres dragged off kicking and screaming their innocence dressed in in orange suits if Cyril really means there will be ‘No Fear – No Favour’!

Talking of suits. I see Cyril led the fashion with his beautifully tailored suit, tie and shirt all made in Suth Africa, in fact right there in Salt River. It seems he wasn’t prepared to divulge where his undies were made lest he would have to admit they were of Chines iport variet. No self respecting gentleman is going to admit something that personal.

SONA must challenge both the Durban July and JB Met when it comes to fashion. Did’t see a lot of what was on offer but is seemed a lot tamer than in previous years. A few outrageous hats, surely they can’t be comfortable for the earer nor for the poor spectator who has to sit behind the hat. That said, the way so many politicians sleep in parliament maybe the lucky ones get shilded by theses expansive hats and can catch 40 winks ignoring Cyril’s threats to lock them up if they do bad things with the state’s money.

Good to see the R230 billion to refill the coffers at Eskom should see us keep our lights on, well certainly through the winter but seems after October they are not too sure. But if you flying anywhere maybe it is a good idea not to fly SAA or SAX. Not much being said about neither SAA nor the SABC bailouts.

Cyril’s promise to make Daya cheaper won’t have pleased Multichoice for cheaper data will see even more viewers dump DSTV for much cheaper and a far better choice offered by Netflix. Wonder if Vodacom will come to the party and reduce data costs on their 24 month contracts. Somehow I doubt it.

Oh well another SONA done and dusted until next year unless Musi has his way with the Public Protector report on Cyril. Please let us pray that they don’t make Cyril step aside for that would let the ace in the hole who, with his buddies are already lining up at the ATM chomping at the bit to turn SA into another Venezuela or Zimbabwe.

Remembering D-Day

One of the advantages of being retired, well sort of retired, on cold, wet and windy days one has options available. Stay in bed with a good book until it warms up, shuffle through to your favourite chair and sit and watch TV covered with a blanket until it warms up or, be brave and face the shower  with fortitude.

Being 6th June , the 75th anniversary of D-Day I had already chosen the second option no matter the weather for both Sky-News and CNN had given notice that they would be giving extensive coverage to events at Omaha Beach in Normandy being attended by Presidents Trump and Macron as well other commemorations at other events both sides of the channel attended by Royalty,

And what a rewarding decision it was for both channels gave so much insight into the events of that day 75 years ago that changed not only the course of the war but the freedoms we enjoy today.

Many older South African men have had to face battle at young age as did the brave men who landed on Normandy beaches that day. To all of these souls we must honour their bravery too for running into battle knowing that the next bullet could end your life is indeed the ultimate sacrifice for one’s country.

The events were attended by many of the courageous men who on that day stormed the beaches only to see comrades at arms mowed down by Nazi gunfire. Now in their nineties, most of these true veterans were still in their teens at the time and to see them honoured was a moving, poignant experience even if it was only a television rendition of the events and certainly brought a tear to the eye on more than one occasion.

Surprisingly the highlight of the day was the speech by President Trump. For once it wasn’t all about him, how great, how wonderful and important he is. Yesterday he spoke of the bravery of a generation that sacrificed so much. Citing individual acts of bravery of some of the men were actually present, shaking their hands and embracing them truly added to not just the emotion of the event but more than illustrated the bravery of those present and those lost forever.

Thank you SkyNews and CNN for not only commemorating the event but also for reminding us what so many of our parent of those us in our late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s suffered from 1939 to 1945.

 

Not so indelible, indelible ink

Watching ENCA News late yesterday afternoon Quite an interesting question came up during an Election Commission press briefing late yesterday afternoon. Amongst other question posed to the commission, one of the media rep stated he had managed to remove the indelible mark on his nail. This surely posed a risk that people could thus vote twice if not more so how secure was the voting. This second vote would obviously only apply to the national vote apparently as one would have to be registered at the polling station concerned for the provincial vote but one can vote at any polling station for the national vote.

The official was somewhat perplexed and seemed a little unsure on how to answer stating only that it was a criminal offense punishable by not less than 10 years in prison. He did however state there were ways that it could be detected but the more he was pushed on the question the less confident he appeared to be.  He insisted it almost impossible to remove the indelible mark as the nitric acid content in the ink had been increased form 15% to 20% since the last election to improve the resilience to removal.

Waiting to a little after 9:00 pm last evening, just in case the ‘indelible ink police’ decided to raid, I set about testing the ink’s resilience. Using only my opposing thumb I proceeded to rub my left thumbnail with my right thumb using only a little saliva. I had the ink off the nail within about 20 seconds. I then started on the skin above the nail gently scratching the skin and that too was gone within 30 seconds. Last election the ink stayed on for four or five days if I remember correctly.

Surely this should have been better tested or, as in past elections, a sticker be stuck in your green book and surely there must be a system of adding data to the smart card to indicate a vote. If not what is the purpose of a smart card that isn’t all that smart.

There are bound to be plenty incidences that need to be investigated and so we now sit and wait for the final outcome whilst each party accuses the other of electoral fraud or whatever else they can dig up.

Oh well another election come and gone and so we wait to hear if the ANC is really going to crackdown on corruption or are they going to team up with the EFF to rape what is left of the fiscal. Let us hope Ramaphosa is a man of his word and that all his corrupt comrade’s end up wearing orange overall for the next fifteen years.

I’m ditching DSTV but not because of Steve Hofmeyer

The spat between Multichoice and Steve Hofmeyer has made headlines the past week and one must question their decision to ban all Hofmeyer related content from its broadcasts. It does seem rather reminiscent of SABC during the apartheid years. John Lennon’s claim to be more popular than Jesus resulted in the Beatles being banned from the airwaves as were other songs the Nat government could understand sufficiently to realise they were anti-apartheid protests.

Hofmeyer certainly has made statements that do little to nurture goodwill between certain race groups but then again Julius Malema, Andile Mngxitama and other EFF and BLF members have spouted in the past. And they continue to spout! Whilst Multichoice may not directly broadcast Malema and Mngxitama utterings they do supply the platform through which their venomous utterances are made.

Certainly Multichoice has double standards.

But no I am not ditching Multichoice because of Stevie boy although I can’t stand his music or racial outbursts but I am giving up Multichoice because they are a rip off in more ways than one.

Let’s start with the programming.

The movies are repeated over and over and over and many date back to the past Century and these are what are mainly broadcast on the ‘cheaper’ packages. They actually showed a movie on Channel 110 this week with John Ritter in it made in 1990. Ritter died in 2003.

Sport is a primary reason many of us actually watch TV but alas, unless you are a soccer fan you are not going to get much to watch.

As for their Showmax package, they advertise this at R49 they charge R95 until you bring it to their attention. But don’t be fooled Showmax has such a poor choice you will soon be converting to Netflix.

But whatever you do, don’t downgrade your package for they are just waiting to threaten and abuse you. Firstly they will take your (correct) subscription on stop order at month end but a week or two later they will disconnect your service and demand an amount two or three times higher than your subscription to reconnect you. So you spend an hour or two on the phone, at cell phone rates, and they finally concede their error and reconnect you.

But your hell is not yet over for come month end they again deduct money from your bank account this time at over twice the cost of your chosen package. Another hour on the phone to eventually be told how sorry they are but they will credit your account for next month. So now they have a few hundred rand of your money to invest whilst your account sits close to bankruptcy.

Don’t ask for a statement from Multichoice, they haven’t processed these since January but do go into the transaction list on their website. You will find all sorts of charges for ‘Access Fees’ and other charges they seem unable to explain.

More and more television alternatives are becoming available and for the moment I will certainly be looking to Netflix at R135 a month to supply my entertainment. Yes there are data charges but Vodacom has come up with more competitive packages as hove others and data has become almost as much a necessity today as electricity in modern society.

Also Read

Gone with DStv  –  Steve Hofmeyr’s supporters are following his lead by cancelling their DStv accounts 

Steve Hofmeyr content to be removed from Showmax  –  MultiChoice has confirmed that it will remove all content featuring Steve Hofmeyr from DStv, Showmax,

BLOG – Two of the ‘Greatest Comebacks Ever’ in sport?

It truly was a weekend filled with sport and certainly two amazing comebacks … BUT!

If  you are a sport fanatic there was barely a moment starting at 3:00pm Thursday and ending nigh on 9:00 on Sunday that your eyes had time to be rested. The Masters of course was the major attraction (you will excuse the pun) but there was more. The Chinese Grand Prix with practice on Friday and Saturday and the race early Sunday morning. The Singapore Sevens was always just a click away (wow well done Blitsbokke – The Greatest Comeback Ever’). Super Rugby swa The Bulls and Stormers wave the SA flag but the Lions woes continue and well the Sharkes rather than the greatest comeback performed the greatest turn around with a score that is too embarrassing to put in writing. How can a side who played so well just a week earlier play so badly? Judging by the stadium crowds Super Rugby has lost its glamour. Of course there was soccer and even some good tennis and exciting IPL and local (SA) cricket – enough to give one a sore thumb!

But golf took centre stage in what is being dubbed ‘The Greatest Comeback Ever’.

But was it?

Here are a few  that could be considered great comebacks.

Paul Lawrie in the 1999 Open was trailing by 10 strokes going into the final round and won the coveted Claret Jug. It must be said he was rather helped by the greatest collapse when Jean van de Velde triple bogeyed the final hole to allow Lawrie the win.

Bethany Hamilton (Surfing) lost her entire arm when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her as she surfed with friends in Hawaii in 2003. Doctors estimated that she lost almost 60% of her blood as she underwent several surgeries. Remarkably she was released after only a few days. Even more remarkably she returned to surfing just three weeks later. She was 23 years old. She won the Explorer Women’s division at the 2005 National Championships, and joined the pro circuit in 2007, where she continued to win events.

Then we had an almost tragedy when Monica Seles was stabbed by a spectator in  1993. She missed two full seasons but returned in 1995, winning her first event — the Canadian Open — before reaching the final of the US Open the following month.

She lost to Graf, and had to wait until the next grand slam before she won. Sadly, the 1996 Australian Open was to be her only major singles victory although she was runner-up in two more.

At the 1976 German Grand Prix, a terrifying crash saw Niki Lauda trapped in his car and engulfed in flames. Less than six weeks after the accident Lauda returned to the track for the Italian Grand Prix, finishing fourth. He had won the driver’s championship in 1975, ended up missing out on the title by one point in 1976, and then went on to win it in 1977, and again in 1984, taking his place among the sport’s greats.

And yet another golfer, Ben Hogan survived a horrific head on collision with a Greyhound bus. He suffered a broken clavical, a complex double fracture of the pelvis, a fractured left ankle, broken ribs and facial injuries. Doctors said he would probably never walk again, let alone play golf. In hospital, he then nearly died from blood clots, which resulted in circulation and fatigue problems which lasted the rest of his life. Eighteen months after his near-fatal accident, Hogan won the 1950 US Open at Merion. He won the Masters and the US Open in 1951, playing just five events and winning three of them.

In 1953, he won five out of six, including the Masters, the US Open and the Open Championship. Hogan won nine majors in his career, six of which came after the car crash.

And there are many others so if you can remember some why not add them to the comeback list in the COMMENTS below. Any human ‘comeback’ achievement, not only sport.