The SABC's tender process for delivery of high definition outside broadcasting vehicles may have to start from scratch if the Johannesburg High Court finds in the favour of a failed contender, writes kashifa Ajam in the Pretoria News.


Digital Horizons has approached the court to interdict the SABC from awarding the tender to SonySA.

Digital Horizons claims the awarding of the tender was flawed.

They also claim that Sony SA, which is 100 percent foreign-owned, is not BEE-compliant.

John Carvalho, chief executive of Digital Horizons, contends that the SABC evaluation committee recommended to their group executive that Digital Horizons was the preferred bidder to deliver four high definition outside broadcast vehicles, which would be used for next year's Confederations Cup and the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The group executive then made the same recommendation to its board whose procurement committee appointed an ad hoc committee to finalise the matter.

The ad hoc committee decided to award the contract to Sony.

Carvalho says Sony submitted the cheapest bid on their tender response but came third in the evaluations and was non-compliant technically and with regard to BEE.

In court this week, Peter van Blerk, representing the SABC, asked that the court dismiss Digital Horizon's application on the grounds that it did not provide evidence that suggested that it had suffered any prejudice.

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