MyCiti bus seeks bidders for multi-million rand contract

Written by Yazeed Kamaldien

City of Cape Town staffers are running the MyCiti bus service’s control centre while officials start looking from today for bidders for the multi-million rand project.

MyCiti’s control centre comprises its hardware and software systems, including operating automatic vehicle location systems, emergency phones and close-circuit cameras on buses.

Lumen Technologies, the company that previously ran the centre, had its contract terminated for alleged non-performance.

Councillor Brett Heron, mayoral committee member for transport, said yesterday the City intended to have a new contractor running the centre by mid-May.

“The City is deploying staff to undertake some of the tasks manually. No other company has been appointed. We are inviting other companies to submit quotes for completion of the work,” said Herron.

The new contractor would be employed for the “completion of the outstanding works to supply, install, test, commission and maintain the MyCiti control centre hardware, software and related systems,” said Herron.

He said the new contract was “expected to include a relatively short maintenance component, after which a full new tender will be issued”.

“We expect the contract period to run until not later than June 2015,” said Herron.

The previous contract had reportedly been worth R234-million and Herron said the cost associated with the new one would “be determined through the competitive process we are about to undertake”.

The City said it would today publish on its website a “request for quotations” from companies interested in winning the tender to run the MyCiti control centre. Bidders would have three weeks to send in their applications.

Herron was also unable to “comment on this at this stage” on whether City officials would take legal action against Lumen for alleged non-performance.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille last week told the City council the MyCiti service was running on track. She said the City had already spent R4,6-billion on the service.

“Last month, an incredible 761,000 passenger journeys were made on our buses, with our West Coast and Inner City routes remaining the most popular,” she said.

De Lille said an Atlantis route would launch in April and the service would be extended to Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha in July.

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About Yazeed Kamaldien

Self-employed journalist and photographer from South Africa.

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