36. The Public Protector awards the contract on the basis of the procurement requirements described and the rules established in the tender documents and according to the price submitted.
The Public Protector may, however, negotiate the price submitted and the price stipulated in the contract may be less than the price submitted if:
(1) only 1 service provider, supplier or contractor submitted a compliant tender;
(2) the service provider, supplier or contractor agreed to a new price; and
(3) it is the only change made to the conditions set out in the tender documents or to the tender in the course of the negotiation.