Pretoria – Prospective bidders for a Cape Town International Airport tender are crying foul over the “irregular way” the tender is being conducted.

They claimed the tender was published on Tuesday and prospective bidders had to attend a compulsory site meeting in Cape Town at 10am the following day.

One prospective bidder was also barred from the compulsory site meeting because they had failed to collect the relevant tender documentation prior to the meeting.

This is believed to have resulted in only one company, Motorola, attending the site meeting.

Shafiek Isaacs, the project manager for the tender, was allegedly recently on an overseas trip with Motorola and, according to one prospective bidder, unsympathetic to objections about the way the tender is being conducted.

Deidre Hendricks, the communications manager at Cape Town International Airport, said the airport denied Isaacs was on an overseas trip with Motorola.

Hendricks said the open tender was advertised on December 15 in the Weekend Argus. The closing date for bids was noon on December 28, six working days after the tender was issued.

The tender requested proposals for the design, supply and implementation and commissioning of a terrestrial trunked radio network system for the airport.

She said prospective bidders should regularly look out for tenders so that they would be in a position to respond, should they so wish.

She said three companies had collected tender documents, but only one had attended the site visit.

Hendricks declined to confirm that Motorola was the only company to attend the site meeting. Attempts to obtain comment from Motorola were unsuccessful.

A director of a prospective bidding company, who did not want to be identified, said it was extremely unusual for a tender to be published at this time of the year.

Issuing a tender at this time of the year could exclude potential bidders because many key people from companies that might be interested in bidding were already on leave or Christmas holidays, he said.