[OSGeo Africa] Tshwane illegally requesting tender for ESRI software

Llewellyn Gush llewellyn at jgdm.gov.za
Tue Jun 4 04:46:41 PDT 2013

Hi Gavin

You are correct that in terms of the FOSS policy this is not compliant,
and probably a who;e lot of other policies as well.

I would venture that this is also illegal in that they openly state a
preference for a single vendor solution mentioning both ESRI And
Microsoft by name, this in terms of the supply chain regulations is

Should there be alternative systems that may suit this procurement it
would be wonderful if someone can budget the time to make a submission
and also make objection to the structure of this document.

On 04/06/2013 12:34, Gavin Fleming wrote:
> Hi All
> See details of tender CB111/2013 in this doc:
> http://www.tshwane.gov.za/Business/Lists/Tenders/Attachments/473/CB111%202013.pdf
> According to the Govt FOSS policy, Govt entities may not request
> tenders for specific software. They have to request tenders for a
> solution, thus allowing diverse suppliers to tender and in this way
> giving the opportunity for FOSS suppliers to tender. In due course
> FOSS will become obligatory but for the time being tenders have to be
> open while the FOSS supplier base builds up.
> What's the point of this being a public tender if there is only one
> supplier?
> I invite you to object or join me in objecting as well as in
> submitting alternative bids consisting of FOSS solutions.

Llewellyn Gush
Information Technology Manager
Joe Gqabi District Municipality

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