Polokwane Municipality has approved the purchase of a Mercedes-Benz ML350 special utility vehicle to replace the Audi Q7 special utility vehicle, procured three years ago.
A report tabled in the council meeting on Tuesday states that the current mayoral vehicle has covered 170 000 km and is at the end of its economic lifespan. The municipality’s policy on the replacement of mayoral vehicles stipulates that a vehicle may be replaced after covering 150 000 km.
The municipality explored various options of procurement and resolved to procure through the transversal contract of the State that is accessible to all other organs of state. Legislation provides that any organ of state may utilise a contract that was secured by another organ of state without going out on tender.
An amount of R1,2 million is provided on the 2015/16 budget and the municipality opted for a Mercedes-Benz ML350 because it is, according to the report, a suitable vehicle for the purposes of the Executive Mayor.
During the discussion of the matter Franco Marx, acting DA Caucus Leader, opposed the recommendations in the report and stated that another suitable vehicle could be procured through the same tender for less than
R700 000 and that the balance of the money could be used to supply water meters in Mankweng. This was followed by a proposal from the ANC ranks that the purchase of the R1,1 million vehicle be approved and it was met by applause to endorse the resolution.