Engineering News reports that the Gauteng Open Tender System pilot is set to become policy of the Gauteng government, in their 9th December 2016 article. Engineering News further writes,
“In an effort to tighten up public procurement, improve transparency and eliminate potential corruption gaps, the Open Tender System breaks the mould of the traditional behind-closed-doors decision-making process of the selection of bidders for projects, goods and services in South Africa’s richest province.”
Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy told Engineering News that the Gauteng government plans to introduce the new legislation within the course of next year – 2017. Engineer News further reports that
“The move is in line with broader ambitions to safeguard the public purse, combat corruption and restore public confidence in Gauteng’s public procurement system, which has come under fire in recent years and has developed a reputation for favouring those with political influence.”
“Entrepreneurs, innovators and business executives have told me that they do not bother anymore to bid for government work, citing as the reason that, in order to get a tender, you have to bribe your way into the corridors of power,” Gauteng Premier David Makhura says.”
Source: Engineering News
Times Live reports that a special council meeting of the Gauteng council was scheduled for 12 December 2016, this special meeting allows for the urgent council business (tabling of quarterly reports) to be completed before the new year. In that meeting council was to vote, amongst other issues expressed as urgent, an amendment to the Supply Chain Management Policy, however, the ANC caucus was not present for that vote to happen.
TolaTender.co.za sincerely hopes, as Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy said, this year, 2017, the Gauteng Open Tender System will be a permanent fixture, the clear evidence shows that the Open Tender System actually improves empowerment of marginalised people than being counter empowerment as some claim, e.g. At least a third of suppliers were consistently rotated and there was more women empowerment.
Source: Times Live