Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
24 Jul 2020
7:00 pm

EC Education adamant that pricey tablet deal isn’t dodgy

Rorisang Kgosana

The Eastern Cape government believes it is being unfairly painted as corrupt, and says leasing 55000 tablets at a cost of almost double their retail value represents a good investment for the province's children.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A. Picture Samsung.com

The Eastern Cape department of education has refuted claims that their multi-million rand tablet contract for e-learning was unjustifiably inflated, saying the deal amounts to paying only R204 per pupil monthly. The province and its education department are under fire for signing a R404 million deal with service provider Sizwe Africa IT to lease, over three years, 55 000 Samsung tablets for their pupils, instead of simply buying the devices at a much cheaper price. This deal comes after Sizwe Africa IT in May received a discounted R133 million from the Eastern Cape education department for the procurement and setting...