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DA: Geordin Hill-Lewis says irrational new tender policy only serves ANC’s narrow-based re-enrichment scheme
The proposed amendments to the Preferential Procurement Regulations which govern the tender process to be followed by government are irrational and ought to be scrapped. I will today write to the Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, requesting him to withdraw the amendments with immediate effect.(Read Full Article)
An approach by an SAA director requesting that Bidvest transfers 30% of its aircraft-toilet-cleaning subsidiary business to an SAA-nominated black-owned small business has been politely but firmly kicked into touch.
This seems to be a very similar request to that from Eskom to a number of service providers reported recently which may indicate a strategy from South African SoE's.(Read Full Article)
Further the the article from yesterday on Eskom's plans to take an equity stake in suppliers, the utility also has plans to take over intellectual property (IP) rights developed during the course of any work that its contractors are currently performing on its sites. The startling claims are contained in the minutes of what appeared to be a heated meeting between the power utility and three major industrial suppliers – Actom, Babcock and Steinmuller – that was held at its Megawatt Park headquarters on May 8.(Read Full Article)
Johannesburg - The cheques are in the mail. Not. If you were waiting for the Post Office to pay you, don’t hold your breath waiting for the cheque: there’s a bit of a cash problem. On Monday Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele admitted to Parliament that the Post Office has thousands of unpaid suppliers and owed hundreds of millions of rand.(Read Full Article)
Johannesburg - Power utility Eskom wants companies that do business with it to issue a 30-percent equity stake to it at no cost. In an unprecedented move, Eskom told a meeting of its boiler-serve contractors in May that the board wanted major industrial suppliers Actom, Babcock and Steinmuller to issue equity of 30-percent to it that would be held by Eskom Enterprises – otherwise known as Rotek, a wholly-owned support service subsidiary of Eskom.(Read Full Article)
CONSULTANT engineers in Nigeria have been tasked to get more involved in the procurement process, if their call for transparency and accountability in the implementation of the document would make desired impacts in the country.
This was the view of the president of the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN), Dr. Temilola Kehinde, last week during an induction ceremony for its new members. This event was also tied with a lecture on ‘Enhancing the practice of engineering consultancy in Nigeria through an efficient public procurement process’.(Read Full Article)
Cape Town – Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says government is in the process of rolling out back-up generators to police stations across several provinces to avert disruptions during load shedding. The Minister said this when responding to questions for written reply in Parliament over the impact of load shedding on the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) ability to service members of the public.(Read Full Article)
THE AU has decided that South Africa will become a hub for the manufacturing and supply of rail stock for Africa. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced this yesterday in an address at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria, adding this decision was especially pleasing considering the massive investments being made by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) and Transnet. “There is a great opportunity to partner with AU member states in this regard.(Read Full Article)
THE Gauteng provincial government had pioneered the open adjudication tendering process after it processed the R90 billion banking tender, Finance MEC Barbara Creecy said on Friday. Creecy said in line with the commitments made by the Premier David Makhura in the state of the province address, the Gauteng government was targeting prioritising projects above R50 million for open tender adjudication in the current financial year.(Read Full Article)
The cabinet had approved the establishment of a special unit to assist national and provincial government departments to pay their bills on time, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe announced on Friday.
THE CABINET had approved the establishment of a special unit to assist national and provincial government departments to pay their bills on time, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe announced on Friday.(Read Full Article)
The Dutch government's lack of vendor independence is too high a cost for society, the Dutch Parliament concludes. The government should enforce its policy on open standards in ICT procurement and should also devise exit strategies - to reduce its dependence on ICT suppliers.(Read Full Article)
A civil society group in Ghana has expressed concern about chiefs who bid for the award of contracts in their localities.
The group said the practice had led to many breaches of Ghana's procurement principles, especially the principles of fairness.
It, therefore, called for the amendment of the Procurement Law and the tendering process to include a clause that would restrict chiefs from participating in the award of contracts in their own jurisdictions.
Current and aspiring “tenderpreneurs” can view and apply for government tenders on a newly launched eTender portal, the National Treasury Department announced. eTender Publication, launched by the Office of the Chief Procurem...(Read Full Article)
DA: Marian Shinn says political meddling is apparent in STB tender award
Political meddling is apparent in the final awarding of the R4.3 billion tender for the production of 5 million set-top-box (STB) and antennas that government will give to qualifying poor households as part of the broadcast digital migration process.(Read Full Article)
National Treasury has announced that the e-Tender Publication Portal, a single platform where tenders will be published, has been launched by the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO).
New legislation aimed at strengthening governance to ensure that all state-owned enterprises (SOEs) function more effectively and efficiently is on the cards, according to the Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown.(Read Full Article)
The majority of companies in South Africa’s vast mining sector have not met their transformation responsibilities in the ten years to 2014, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi said on Tuesday.(Read Full Article)
SOUTH Africa will need the competitive advantage of strong logistical infrastructure, the most advanced knowledge base and connectivity to stay ahead of the pack. This would be required as trade lanes shift and the Asia-Pacific region along with the Middle East threaten South Africa’s position as the gateway to the rest of Africa, according to DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa managing director Charles Brewer
Hundreds of officials have been suspended, while many others were dismissed following a string of social grants fraud and corruption investigations since 2010, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said on Sunday.
Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi says the province will only realise its vision of transforming the economy if it remains steadfast in fighting fraud and corruption.
“The provincial government’s vision is to transform, modernise and reindustrialise the province and to build a seamlessly integrated, socially cohesive and economically inclusive city region.
“This vision can only be realised if we have an accountable, responsive, transparent and clean government that is committed to active citizenry and fighting fraud and corruption,” he said.
The MEC said fraud and corruption will be fought in the departmental procurement and tender processes, applications ...
The new Automotive Incubation Centre at Nissan, which will be launched on Wednesday, is expected to radically transform the economy.
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education is still entangled in a multimillion-rand deal involving the procurement and distribution of school stationery more than a decade ago.(Read Full Article)
Africa is losing more than $50bn (£33bn) every year in illicit financial outflows as governments and multinational companies engage in fraudulent schemes aimed at avoiding tax payments to some of the world’s poorest countries, impeding development projects and denying poor people access to crucial services.(Read Full Article)
Preliminary findings show irregular expenditure of about R19m, most of it related to the lease of office space(Read Full Article)