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The Purpose of Learning Administrative Law

Administrative Law is one of those Law fields that present a general knowledge of the legal requirements for lawful administrative action taken by organs of state and non-governmental institutions.

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Administrative Law Questions and Answers

Below are some of the major common questions (essay and short questions), which Administrative Law must know the answers to, before preparing for exams and tests assessments:

  1. Identify the Constitutional prerequisites for just administrative action
  2. identify the different sources of administrative law
  3. Critically discuss what is meant by a reasonable, just, and procedurally fair administrative action with reference to relevant case law
  4. Critically distinguish between an appeal and a review with reference to relevant case law
  5. Discuss the different remedies that a court of review can grant with reference to relevant case law

Previous Exam Question for Practice

The Msunduzi Municipality calls for tenders for the erection of street lights in the Scottsville area. Bright Lights (Pty) Ltd (‘Bright Lights’); Never Dull (Pty) Ltd (‘Never Dull) and Everbright (Pty) Ltd (‘Everbright’) all submit tenders. Bright Lights submits a tender quoting their price for the work required at R 90 000 and undertake to complete the work within six weeks. Never Dull submits a tender quoting their price for the work required at R 80 000 and undertake to complete the work within twelve weeks. Everbright undertake to complete the work within eight weeks and according to documents before the Municipality, Everbright’s quote for the work is R 130 000. Having considered the prices and the completion times for the respective tenders, the cash strapped Municipality awards the bid to Never Dull as they submitted the most cost-effective tender. When Never Dull is informed of the decision, they immediately start ordering all of the necessary materials and equipment that they need to complete the work. In light of the above facts, explain the legal position in each of the following separate instances:

  1. Bright Lights wants to challenge the decision to award the tender to Never Dull on the basis that the Municipality, in making its decision, placed too much of emphasis on the amount of the bid submitted by the prospective applicants and did not give sufficient consideration to the duration of time needed to complete the work. Advise Bright Lights on whether they can have the decision set aside on this basis in terms of s 6 (2) (e)(iii) of PAJA (i.e. the ground of review pertaining to relevant and irrelevant considerations).
  2. Bright Lights argue that their tender offered the best of both worlds in that it was both cost effective and time saving. On the contrary, they argue that while Never Dull bid was cost-effective, it would take twice as long to carry out the tender. Advise Bright Lights on whether they can challenge the decision to award the tender to Never Dull on the basis that the Municipality made a decision that was not reasonable in terms of s 6 (2) h of PAJA). In answering this question, you must not discuss rationality and proportionality.
  3. Assume that it is subsequently discovered that the tender submitted by Everbright was R 70 000 and not R 130 000. Due to oversight of an official of the Municipality the wrong documents were placed before the Municipality which contained the incorrect figure.
    1. Can Everbright challenge the decision of the Municipality to award the tender to Never Dull under these circumstances? Explain.

Source: University of Kwazulu Natal

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