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Council copy contract mishap leaves DA unable to duplicate

22 January 2014
Rochelle de Kock

THE DA in Nelson Mandela Bay is livid after Konica Minolta removed ward councillors’ photocopy machines because the city has not renewed its contract with the company.

Although the municipality assured the councillors the contract had been awarded to other companies and they would receive their new machines shortly, the party said it was an inconvenience that could have been avoided.

The contract expired in June last year, but it was renewed on a month-to-month basis.

However, Konica Minolta started removing the machines yesterday in some of the wards, starting in the suburbs.

Ward 9 (Lorraine, Sunridge Park area) councillor Heinrich Muller said his photocopy machine was removed yesterday.

“I’m without a machine and already I’ve had a few residents wanting to copy Sassa applications and print proof of address and they look at me funny when I say the machine was taken,” Muller said.

Municipal spokesman Mthuba- nzi Mniki said: “The contract with the municipality and Minolta has expired. The municipality has since appointed different companies to offer the service. The councillors will be getting other machines shortly.”

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