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THE importance of public-private partnerships is a prevalent theme of the National Development Plan. Such a partnership is already taking place at the very highest level between business and government with dedicated task teams working behind the scenes to tackle difficult issues of the NDP, says Leslie Maasdorp, CEO of education group Advtech who is extensively involved in the process.
Progress is slow, concedes Cas Cavoodia in a presentation in August. Cavoodia, as acting head of Business Unity SA (Busa), is co-ordinating business’ engagement with government.(Read Full Article)
South Africa plans to spend $2.2-billion over two years to buy HIV/AIDS drugs for public hospitals, a government minister said on Monday, as a study shows the prevalence of the virus is rising.
Speaking at a manufacturing plant of drugmaker Aspen Pharmacare, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the government aims to buy three quarters of the drugs from local manufacturers.(Read Full Article)
Software Advice recently posted the results of its Key Priorities for Ethical Supply Chains Industry View 2014 that discussed the results of two surveys distributed to over 1,100 consumers. The findings are interesting, generally indicative of the current state of affairs, but, as far as SI is concerned, specifically off, though not due to any fault of Software Advice or the methodology employed by the researcher. What do we mean? Read on.(Read Full Article)
The Gauteng Provincial Government has announced that the upgrade of Cedar Road in Fourways, Johannesburg with an estimated value of R50 million is the pilot project for the new open tender process.
The pilot project was officially unveiled by Gauteng MEC for Finance, Barbara Creecy, and MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi on Monday to restore public confidence in the provincial government’s tender processes.
The two provincial departments are piloting new steps to improve transparency of the process and compliance with supply chain management provisions of the Public Finance Management Act.
Central to this is the decision to ...
The apparel manufacturer’s efforts are a great example of the economic benefits that can accrue to companies that pursue sustainability and promote ethics in their supply chains.
Kudos to Levi Strauss, which announced last week that it will partner with the International Finance Corporation to reward suppliers in developing countries who score highly on environmental, health, safety and labour standards.
Governments, academics and tech gurus over the last couple of years have been transfixed with the prospect that better and bigger data can help us solve the world’s more entrenched problems – including corruption and poverty. The United Nations has also caught on to this trend and yesterday released a report, compiled by experts, which […](Read Full Article)
LACK of oversight and compliance and the high cost of local goods are some of the hurdles hampering government’s local procurement drive, says Leslie Sedibe, CEO of Proudly SA, a "Buy Local" marketing initiative.
Speaking at a local procurement conference, held in partnership with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape on Tuesday, Mr Sedibe said that some local, provincial and national departments were effectively breaking the law by not adhering to the local procurement policies put in place by government.(Read Full Article)
Danish companies are keen to set up a green hub on renewable energy in South Africa, with an eye on developing markets into Southern Africa, Danish Minister of Trade and Development Cooperation Morgens Jensen has told Engineering News Online. He said he saw tremendous opportunity in South Africa, particularly in terms of wind energy, but that Danish companies needed to expand into Africa to make their investments worthwhile.(Read Full Article)
Public service innovators gathered at Emperor's Palace, in Kempton Park, on Friday evening to be honoured for their innovations.
The 12th Public Sector Innovation Awards featured among others innovations that improve service delivery, use Information Communication and Technology (ICT) for effective service delivery and innovations that enhance internal systems of government.
Minister of Public Service and Administration, Collins Chabane, told innovators gathered at the awards ceremony that their innovations dispel the myth that public servants are lazy and incompetent people who can't come up with creations to improve service delivery.(Read Full Article)
The former furniture unit of failed lender African Bank Investments [JSE:ABL] says it owes creditors R1.3bn ($117m), nearly half of that to major lenders including FirstRand [JSE:FSR] and Standard Bank [JSE:SBK], documents showed.(Read Full Article)
The debt reflects the extent to which Abil's failure in August has rippled across corporate South Africa, knocking credit ratings, investor confidence and even hurting small suppliers such as florists and panel beaters.
To date, up to 400 actual or attempted “purchase order frauds” have been committed, causing around 250 vendors to write off nearly $5 million (£3.1 million) in unpaid-for goods. The heists are carried out online or by telephone, with the fraudsters tricking retailers into believing they are from legitimate businesses and academic institutions and want to order merchandise.(Read Full Article)
Mike Blanchard, general manager of strategic procurement at Sydney Trains, made the point while addressing delegates at the CIPS Australasia Conference this month. He said high-performing teams have the following five characteristics: they share the same vision; have a healthy team culture; clearly defined roles and expectations that encourage excellent performance; everyone is held accountable and; the leader of the team acts by example.(Read Full Article)
The Department of Small Business Development is working towards reversing the high failure rate of new small businesses.
Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has appointed new members of the Presidential Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Advisory Council.
Government’s plans for reining in the country’s public procurement would be outlined in the Public Procurement Review, which will be published next month.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told Parliament on Wednesday that the document would “clearly” outline the reforms to be implemented within the next five years.
This emerged as the 2014 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) revealed that government’s modernisation of its procurement systems had gained traction with the pilot expected to start at selected provinces and large national departments within the next few months.
The design of a national price-referencing mechanism had also been completed ...(Read Full Article)
Government has proposed a new framework for funding state-owned companies, which will include closer monitoring of such entities.
In the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, National Treasury has said that state-owned companies and public entities play important roles in realising government’s economic and social mandate.
These entities need to be financially sound and operationally effective, contributing to development without draining the fiscus.
“Government is proposing a new framework for funding state-owned companies that will distinguish purely commercial activities from the costs of exercising their developmental mandate,” said National Treasury in the MTBPS.
Knock-on effects include inability to repay loans and to obtain tax clearance certificates for tendering purposes(Read Full Article)
Starting tomorrow a group of government officials and experts belonging to the world’s leading anti-money laundering organisation – the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – will be meeting in Paris. On the agenda is the adoption of a document on an issue that has major implications for the fight against crime, corruption and tax evasion around the world.
It’s a shame nobody outside of this small circle of experts from governments and international organisations has had a chance to see the document before it comes out.
According to the FATF website, at its upcoming plenary meeting the organisation will adopt ...(Read Full Article)
The South African economy is stuck in first gear. Slow economic growth, high levels of unemployment and high inflation is likely to continue for some time.
With South Africa facing such difficult economic circumstances, it is expected that in his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement on Wednesday, the Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, is going to face significantly reduced revenue in his budget. There is therefore every possibility of cuts to the budget, or a dramatically increased budget deficit.
We would never have been in our current fiscal situation if government was able to curb wasteful expenditure. The SIU estimates ...(Read Full Article)
COUNTRIES wanting to sell their nuclear technology will be able to parade their wares in a pre-procurement workshop to be hosted by the Department of Energy that will include representatives from other state entities.
On Sunday, the Department of Energy issued a statement saying the first of these workshops would begin with Russia and would take place before the end of October.
According to the statement, the vendor parade workshops entailed vendor countries presenting their nuclear technology offerings.(Read Full Article)
More than 80 automotive component manufacturers under investigation for allegedly colluding to fix prices and dividing the market for the past 14 years(Read Full Article)
Opposition political parties believe the government must provide financial assistance to the South African Post Office (Sapo), a sharp departure from their usual stance that there should be no further bail-outs for state-owned companies.Both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) say that the withdrawal of the government subsidy for Sapo for it to fulfil its universal service obligations — particularly in unprofitable rural areas — has contributed to its financial malaise. But they stressed that mismanagement and corruption have also played a part and had to be dealt with(Read Full Article)