* Ivorians suddenly seem to be high-profile. The list of (24) candidates for the job of Director-General of RASCOM includes Koffi Gnamini Chérubin who is currently Head of Finance for the organisation and ICT adviser to CI’s Minister of Water and Forests. The board of Eco Afrique will shortlist three candidates shortly.
* South African Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Pravin Gordhan launched a scathing attack on the South African information technology industry yesterday, after a corruption scandal forced the cancellation of a R100m tender for computer equipment. The decision to cancel the tender outright followed last week’s dissolution of the panel adjudicating the bids, when it emerged that an "external agency" was trying to influence the outcome in return for a cut of the proceeds.
Announcing the decision, Gordhan said the SARS was concerned about the "unethical and improper behaviour" that pervaded certain sections of the local IT industry, particularly the PC manufacturing sector. His attack follows a recent furore in which several local P Cmakers complained about being excluded from bidding for lucrative contracts on offer by government and its agencies.
Companies bidding for the cancelled SARS contract included Pinnacle Technology, Mustek Technologies and Fujitsu Siemens Computers. SARS would not name the company caught up in the attempt to corrupt the bidding process. Local PC-makers took issue with Gordhan’s comments yesterday, saying it was unfair to accuse the sector as a whole of unethical behaviour.
Pinnacle executive director Takalati Tshivhase said his company was not involved in trying to influence the tender process and Gordhan appeared to be using the "blanket" accusation until it could pinpoint the culprit.
* Following the appointment of Adam Jones as Managing Director of NamITech Limited, the company has announced two new appointments in the finance department. Murray Saunderson has been appointed Financial Director for the company after joining NamITech in January 2003. "I am delighted with the opportunity to assume the FD role at NamITech, both from a career perspective and to be involved with such a high growth potential business," says Saunderson. He has been with the Nampak Group for seven years. In addition, Grant Beling joins NamITech as Financial Manager: Shared Corporate Services. Beling comes to NamITech after 12 years of experience with Alcatel, during which time he rose to the position of Chief Accountant.