The City of Ekurhuleni distanced itself from a bogus 260 litre wheelie bin tender scam, conning people of their hard-earned monies.
This follows yesterday’s announcement by the mayor, Clr Mzwandile Masina, condemneding what seems to be a scam targeting entrepreneurs.
In the latest statement released by the city, it is stated that the city does not use or manage any operations which involve a bin of that size (260 litre).
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“The perpetrators of this criminal act allegedly send possible service providers an appointment letter bearing the city’s logo together with the fraudulently generated order number purported to come from the city. Service providers are thereafter requested to deposit a certain amount of money and they are told to deliver the 240L wheelie bins at 47 Van Buuren Road in Bedfordview.
“This is a scam and the city distances itself from it, an investigation is currently ongoing to establish if there is any involvement of the city’s officials in this scam. The city is fully committed to transparency on any information related to business and procurement. Such information is free and available to the public. Entrepreneurship is highly encouraged and supported by the city and any organization or individuals that seek to exploit aspirant entrepreneurs will be exposed,” said Themba Gadebe, the city’s spokesperson.