Cleaning company admits to Sassa price fixing, top businesswoman named
- The Competition Tribunal has fined a cleaning company R250,000 after it admitted to price fixing with another company.
- A board member of government‘s Small Enterprise Development Agency is a director of both companies, the tribunal found.
- One of the companies won a tender to provide cleaning, sanitation, gardening and car wash services to Sassa in the North West.
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The Competition Tribunal has fined Quintax Cleaning Services R250,000 after it admitted that it colluded with another company to get a tender from the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) in 2016.
A board member of government‘s Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), Beatrice Nkambule, is a director of both companies.
Quintax won a tender for cleaning, sanitation, gardening and car wash services to Sassa in the North West.
But in 2018, Sassa complained to the Competition Commission that it believed that Quintax conspired with another company to win the tender.
The commission found that Quintax gave another company, Greensweep, a much higher price to submit as a “non-competitive” bid to Sassa. This allowed Quintax to win the tender. Quintax has admitted to the tender collusion, the tribunal found.
Last year, Greensweep agreed to pay a fine of around R40,000 to the tribunal. At a hearing a representative of Quintax testified that there was no relationship between Quintax and Greensweep, or Nkambule, the tribunal said in a statement.
“However, publicly available information at the time showed that Ms Nkambule was the Chairperson of Quintax. Quintax later, when asked by the Tribunal to submit further information, confirmed that Ms. Nkambule, who is a shareholder of Greensweep, also holds a member’s interest in Quintax.”
Nkambule was appointed as a director of Seda last year.
She is the CEO of Endoni Holdings, that does business in food manufacturing, construction and other sectors. According to her profile, she is the first chairperson of the Limpopo Businesswomen Association of South Africa (BWASA).
Neither Seda and Nkambule responded to a request for comment by the time of publication.
(Compiled by Helena Wasserman)
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