Demand for R19m owed for pupil transport

The Eastern Cape Taxi and Bus Chamber, known as One Future Development 46 (OFD46), is demanding R19-million from the Transport Department.

In a letter seen by Times Media, OFD46 is demanding that the department pay it R19 481 252.18 for scholar transport provided last year.

OFD46 director and spokesman Vuyani Mshiywa said the department had been promising to pay up but had failed to do so.

“We want the money due to us to be paid because we have to pay the service providers their money for the work they’ve done.” He said all they received was verbal agreements. “Hence we’ve asked a lawyer to prepare a letter to this department.”

OFD46’s legal representative, Mzwai Mqanto and Associate attorneys, demanded that the department pay the money immediately, failing which further legal action would be taken.

Transport Department spokesman Ncedo Kumbaca said the department had written to OFD46 requesting it to submit all the outstanding documents to process the payments.

“We were waiting for final invoices to make one final payment to the service provider,” Kumbaca said.

OFD46 started working with the department in July 2011 and its contract ended in December.

An OFD46 director Ntsikelelo Gaehler said: “They’ve got invoices, the PODs, but it’s a pillar-to-post game.”

The scholar transport operators from across the province will meet today to discuss the new scholar transport tender system and other issues.

-Bongani Fuzile 

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