UPDATE: Uncertainty still hangs over Overkruin library reopening – Rekord North

Uncertainty around the reopening of the Overkruin library was set to continue for a “considerable number of months”, the Tshwane metro has said.

Spokesperson Lindela Mashigo said the delay was occasioned by adherence to the supply-chain management processes for the renewal of the contract.

“The process might take a considerable number of months to conclude.”

Mashigo said an earlier tender advertisement was declared “unresponsive” because no successful bidder was found and a request to deviate from supply chain management processes had to be approved.

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When the tender was declared “unresponsive” Mashigo said, “many prospective bidders were disqualified on the basis of missing the briefing” [tender meeting].

“The department has now refined the specifications …we [will be] resuming another tender process,” he said in May.

In December 2017, the metro announced the temporary closure of the library “necessitated by logistical issues”.

In the statement, it said: “The city is working diligently towards resolving this.

“Members of the public will be informed as soon as the issues are resolved.

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“In the event of a need to relocate the library service to a new facility, we will communicate such a decision.”

However, in August 2018, Mashigo said the closure was in fact necessitated by a “dispute” between the metro and the landlord, and not an expired lease as had been previously announced.

“There is an ongoing legal process to resolve the dispute,” he said.

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