Dodgy Limpopo Food Deals Exposed: Gauteng Hospitals Buying Overpriced Milk, Chicken, Hake

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Dodgy Limpopo Food Deals Exposed: Gauteng Hospitals Buying Overpriced Milk, Chicken, Hake
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Eleven Gauteng public hospitals paid R1.7 million for over-priced food they bought from a business training company in Limpopo.

Jack Bloom, the Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health, on Tuesday, said: “This is revealed by Gauteng Health and Wellness MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko in a written reply to my follow-up questions in the Gauteng Legislature as to why a fishy Limpopo contract is being used that includes companies not registered to sell food”.

Bloom said Leratong Hospital has bought the most food from Mmanko Business Training and IT Solutions, including one-litre milk cartons at R32 while supermarkets sell them for R16.

He said R1 263 was paid for 10kg Chicken frozen breast, compared to R650 elsewhere.

“Frozen hake is another over-priced item, with 5kg costing R1 173 instead of R850 elsewhere,” Bloom revealed.

“The only reasonable value was 60 large eggs for R193.”

The DA shadow MEC another poor value item was R12 139 that the Sizwe Tropical Hospital paid Mmanko for 540 Mageu 500ml cartons, which works out to R22.50 a carton as opposed to R10 at most supermarkets.

“It is highly suspicious that this training company is on the food list for a Limpopo Health Department contract that the Gauteng Health Department decided to piggyback on,” Bloom said.

“Other fishy companies on the list that have sold a wide variety of groceries to Gauteng hospitals include NM Motors and Workshop, Madics Security and Projects, and Musa Security Care.

“The Department says that fresh vegetables, chicken breast and wings, milk, cheese, and yoghurt are still being bought using the Limpopo contract.”

Last year, the Department said it had spent a total of R23.6 million buying food for Gauteng hospitals through the Limpopo contract as they are still preparing contracts to buy food locally.

“It is ridiculous to buy overpriced food from a dodgy contract in another province when there are many local food suppliers with competitive prices,” Bloom said.

“It also cuts out township businesses that could supply local hospitals.

“The DA calls for an immediate halt to food purchases using the Limpopo contract, and an urgent investigation into who authorised it and who benefits from it.”

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