"The process is still on track and we are positive that the deliberations will take place as soon as is feasible," says Phineas Moleele, ICASA's USAL project manager.
"While we understand people's frustrations with the delays, we felt it was appropriate to give the councillor time, thus we have chosen to play it by ear for the moment." He
says the process has suffered from unforeseen delays - such as the councillor's tragedy - and the forthcoming spate of public holidays will not help the issue, but trying to rush the process would only have a negative effect.
However, one of the bidders - who did not wish to be named, for fear of prejudicing their bid before ICASA
reaches a decision - says the bidders are "bleeding".In effect, he
says, the consortiums involved are haemorrhaging money all the time the process drags on.
"It is ridiculous to have a situation like this in business, as it is an incredible drain on resources and we don't really seem to be getting anywhere," he
"The stakeholders who are really suffering here are the rural people involved in the consortiums, who have seen nothing for 30 months now, despite the commitment that government has given them."
While it seems that some of the bidders are unhappy, Moleele
was upbeat about the situation.