PC SYSTEMS ACES EPTC’S E0.5M POSTAL SERVICE AUTOMATION

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PC SYSTEMS ACES EPTC’S E0.5M POSTAL SERVICE AUTOMATION
PC SYSTEMS ACES EPTC’S E0.5M POSTAL SERVICE AUTOMATION

Africa-Press – Eswatini. EPTC has embarked in a process of fully automating its postal division.
The corporation’s tender committee has enlisted PC Systems as best evaluated tenderer to supply information technology (IT) equipment to be utilised in the process of mutating the essential service into being electronic.

In the intention to award a contract which was issued by the Eswatini Public Procurement Regulatory Agency (ESPPRA), it was disclosed that the local company scored 100 per cent during the evaluation, which was undertaken in accordance with the Public Procurement Act of 2011.

ESPPRA announced that a period of 10 working days would be allowed for the submission of any application for review prior to EPTC entering into a contract with PC Systems, which had priced its bid at E427 800.

“The contract award decision does not constitute a contract,” clarified ESPPRA.
The main responsibilities of EPTC are the operation, maintenance and development of postal and telecommunications services nationally.

The required equipment includes 60 thermal receipt printers, 40 multi-function printers, 60 handheld bar code scanners and 40 shipping label printers.
In the request for proposals (RFP), EPTC precisely stipulated that the pricing framework must be detailed and comprehensive, clearly articulating all taxes to be charged.

It was clarified that the RFP was not a contract, and does not create an obligation on EPTC’s part to purchase goods, services or works from any company submitting a proposal.
“EPTC in its sole and absolute discretion reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, whether or not these instructions are followed.

Reject any submissions not complying with the specified tender instructions and short list candidates or do site inspections at the premises of the tenderers or listed reference clients,” read the RFP in part.

Unless otherwise indicated in the bidding documents, the corporation said it would not be liable for any expense incurred in the preparation and submission of a bid. Where applicable, EPTC said a non-refundable fee for documents may be charged.

“EPTC does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any tender nor give any reason for the acceptance or rejection of a tender. EPTC may accept a tender for a part of the quantity offered or reject any tender without assigning any reason,” said EPTC.

Collusion

The corporation further advised tenderers and their officers, employees, agents and advisers that they must not engage in any collusion, anticompetitive conduct or any other similar conduct with any other tenderer or any other person in relation to the preparation or submission of tenders.

In addition to any other remedies available under any law or any contract, EPTC said it may at its sole discretion immediately reject any tender submitted by a tenderer that engaged in any collusive tendering, anti-competitive conduct or any other similar conduct with any other tenderer or any other person in relation to the preparation or submission of tenders.

EPTC, a body corporate, was established in April 1986 under Act No. 11 of 1983. This Act regulates all the activities of EPTC. The EPTC is accountable to the Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Princess Sikhanyiso, who in turn is answerable to government for the activities of the corporation.

The Public Enterprises – Control and Monitoring Act No. 8 of 1989 classifies the corporation as a Category A public enterprise, as a body wholly owned by government or in which government has a majority interest.

EPTC has four business interests, namely: Eswatini Post, a business division of EPTC focusing on postal and financial services, Eswatini Telecom Limited, a subsidiary company wholly owned by EPTC, focusing on the last mile telecommunication access, products and services.

The Infrastructure Business, which is also the business division of EPTC, focuses on backbone and gateway services for licensed operators and internet service providers (ISPs). The National Contact Centre Limited, a subsidiary company wholly owned by EPTC, focused on transforming local and international businesses through provision of business process outsourcing solutions.

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