1. Articles in category: Public Sector

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    1. 'A shocking' R34.9 billion of 'irregular' spending around public works in South Africa

      Explore supplymanagement.com (23 hours, 18 min ago)

      A review has uncovered R34.9 billion (£1.9 billion) of “irregular expenditure” around public works in South Africa.

      Issues that have been uncovered by the review included tenders not being advertised properly, a minimum number of quotations not received, emergency procurement used for non-emergency situations, lowest quotes not being selected, incomplete documentation and incorrect approvals.

      Issues that have been uncovered by the review included tenders not being advertised properly, a minimum number of quotations not received, emergency procurement used for non-emergency situations, lowest quotes not being selected, incomplete documentation and incorrect approvals. - See more at: http://www.supplymanagement.com ...
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      Mentions:   South Africa   Special Investigating Unit   Jacob Zuma

    2. Mixed picture emerges of governance standards in Africa

      Explore BDlive (Sep 29 2014)

      Mixed picture emerges of governance standards in Africa

      African governance standards are gradually improving but there are warning signs of backsliding.

      The Ibrahim Index of African Governance ranked Somalia lowest, coming bottom in all four categories: safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development.

      Mo Ibrahim, the Sudanese telecoms tycoon who founded the index, welcomed the fact that 13 of the 52 countries had improved in overall governance as well as political, social and economic governance over the past five years.

      "Africa is rising but it’s rising slowly," he said.

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      Mentions:   Reuters   London   Africa

    3. South Africa says nuclear power deal with Russia in early stages

      Explore Polity.org.za (Sep 23 2014)

      South Africa says nuclear power deal with Russia in early stages

      South Africa's nuclear cooperation deal signed this week with Russia is part of a tender process that will involve other competing countries and is not a contract to build power plants, government officials said on Tuesday.

      The Russian atomic agency Rosatom issued a statement on Monday saying that it had signed a $10-billion deal with Pretoria for the installation of 9.6 GW of nuclear capacity by 2030, to help Africa's most advanced economy cope with chronic electricity shortages.

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      Mentions:   Russia   South Africa

    4. DTI says flouting of localisation rules is ‘irregular expenditure’

      Explore Polity.org.za (Sep 12 2014)

      DTI says flouting of localisation rules is ‘irregular expenditure’

      The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) aims to improve the enforcement of localisation by having the Auditor General flag as “irregular expenditure” any flouting of buy-local procurement rules by government departments and State-owned companies.

      Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act regulations came into force on December 7, 2011, empowering the DTI to ‘designate’ the products that should be sourced locally.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Department of Trade and Industry   Rob Davies

    5. Govt outlines gains in fight against State corruption following SIU probes

      Explore Engineering News (Sep 10 2014)

      Govt outlines gains in fight against State corruption following SIU probes

      Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Monday that government had made “great” progress in countering corruption within State institutions, noting that President Jacob Zuma had, since 2009, signed 36 proclamations authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to probe departments and entities in the three spheres of government as well as State-owned enterprises.

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      Mentions:   Sabc   Jacob Zuma   Jeff Radebe

    6. Anti-graft net widens against corrupt officials

      Explore SA News (Sep 10 2014)

      Anti-graft net widens against corrupt officials

      Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, Jeff Radebe, says government aims to achieve over 100 convictions against persons fingered for corruption in the public service.

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      Mentions:   Sabc   Cape Town   Special Investigating Unit

    7. Preference for small business not productive

      Explore BDlive (Sep 9 2014)

      Preference for small business not productive

      SA’s small-business policy is like a mother feeding a baby with one hand and throttling it with the other. Small business is big business, if new Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu is taken seriously. But will her department be another costly farce? What small business needs is not rocket science. Nor is that which makes it almost impossible for her to succeed: all of her Cabinet colleagues and most departments and agencies contribute to a relentless tsunami of anti-small-business measures.

      Meaningless promises of red-tape reduction have been made repeatedly by President Jacob Zuma and the worst-offending ministries: finance ...

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      Mentions:   Jacob Zuma

    8. Govt committed to protecting clothing, textile sector

      Explore SA News (Sep 1 2014)

      Government is committed to protecting the country’s clothing and textile sector which has shown growth in recent years, says the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).

      This as employment in the footwear and leather sector showed growth of 5% between 2012 and 2014.

      “What we've actually seen is that this industry to a high degree has stabilised,” said Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, adding that through the Competitiveness Improvement Programme R645 million was contributed the sector.

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      Mentions:   Department of Trade and Industry   Cape Town   Pretoria

    9. State set for tighter control of Eskom

      Explore BDlive (Aug 21 2014)

      State set for tighter control of Eskom

      ESKOM, under newly appointed CEO Tshediso Matona — currently the director-general of the Department of Public Enterprises — will be more tightly controlled by the department in future.

      Not only will Mr Matona want to improve on what he says was Eskom’s failure to account properly, but he will have to ensure that the utility complies with a proposed bill that the department is working on.

      The Government Shareholder Management Bill, which the department hopes to submit to Parliament by the end of the fiscal year, will set the legislative framework in which all state-owned companies will have to function.

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      Mentions:   Parliament   Eskom

    10. Cabinet appoints Matona as Eskom’s new CEO

      Explore BDlive (Aug 20 2014)

      Cabinet appoints Matona as Eskom’s new CEO

      THE Cabinet decided on Wednesday to appoint Department of Public Enterprises director-general Tshediso Matona as the new CEO of Eskom.

      Mr Matona will take up his new position from September 1. Eskom has been under the stewardship of acting CEO Collin Matjila since April.

      In making the announcement, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said she had “absolute faith” in Mr Matona who brought with him a wealth of experience and was conversant with the challenges facing Eskom.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Geneva   Department of Trade and Industry

    11. Innovation Needed to Deliver Services in the Public Sector

      Explore allAfrica.com (Aug 20 2014)

      Innovation Needed to Deliver Services in the Public Sector

      Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane says the public sector must challenge itself to be creative and embrace innovation as a new way of doing government business more smartly.

      Speaking at the Centre for Public Service Conference at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town, the Minister said this was because the public service needed to move to a space where crucial government deliverables such as education, health, provision of water and sanitation, among others, are done more effectively, efficiently and quicker.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Nigeria

    12. Govt committed to supporting local procurement

      Explore SA News (Aug 19 2014)

      Govt committed to supporting local procurement

      South Africa Government is committed to supporting local manufacturers through a range of local procurement instruments, says the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Department of Trade and Industry   National Treasury

    13. France’s Areva to refit Koeberg nuclear plant

      Explore BDlive (Aug 16 2014)

      France’s Areva to refit Koeberg nuclear plant

      France’s Areva won a contract to replace six steam generators at South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power plant, state utility Eskom said on Saturday.

      The refit is part of a programme to install up to 9,600 megawatts of new nuclear power by 2030, as Africa’s largest economy tries to overcome chronic electricity shortages and slow greenhouse gas emissions.

      The vast majority of South Africa’s electricity is generated from coal and the government is struggling to ensure that supply stays a step ahead of growing demand.

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      Mentions:   Reuters   Africa   South Africa

    14. Transnet secures R6bn funding guarantee for GE locomotives

      Explore BDlive (Aug 6 2014)

      Transnet secures R6bn funding guarantee for GE locomotives

      TRANSNET has secured a R6bn funding guarantee from US export credit agency US-Exim for the funding of the diesel locomotives the company is buying from General Electric (GE).

       The group CE of the state-owned ports, rail and pipeline company, Brian Molefe, said on Wednesday that the guarantee was "a massive thumbs-up from the international investor community, affirming Transnet’s credit-worthiness and South Africa’s attractiveness as an investment destination.

       "The guarantee from US-Exim enables Transnet to raise funds in the markets for the financing of the GE locomotive transaction.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Transnet

    15. BHP Billiton smelter discount has cost Eskom R11.5bn

      Explore BDlive (Aug 1 2014)

      BHP Billiton smelter discount has cost Eskom R11.5bn

      A CASE study on South Africa’s aluminium sector has found that BHP Billiton’s special pricing agreement for its Bayside and Hillside smelters in the Richards Bay industrial development zone has now cost Eskom R11.5bn.

      The parastatal’s huge deficit has significant import for industrial policy development in South Africa as a function of cost-benefit analysis in respect of the relative benefits of "state-led" or "state-facilitated" economic growth.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   BHP Billiton   Mozambique

    16. Buyers 'must fight scourge of corruption', Zambian commerce minister tells CIPS

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Jul 30 2014)

      Buyers 'must fight scourge of corruption', Zambian commerce minister tells CIPS

      Zambia’s minister of commerce, trade and industry Robert Sichinga has called on procurement professionals to work together to “fight the scourge of corruption and fraud”.

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      Mentions:   CIPS

    17. Public procurement has power to 'change a country', says Transnet executive

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Jul 30 2014)

      Public procurement has power to 'change a country', says Transnet executive

      Procurement professionals must achieve the correct balance between commercial goals and socio-economic objectives, the CIPS Pan African Conference was told. Edward Thomas, executive manager of integrated supply chain management at Transnet, said the company used minimum thresholds for local content in products and “punitive measures” for suppliers who did not adhere to them.

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      Mentions:   Transnet

    18. Gauteng to pilot ‘transparent, open’ tender bidding model

      Explore Polity.org.za (Jul 24 2014)

      Gauteng to pilot ‘transparent, open’ tender bidding model

      In support of Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s vision of a “radical transformation” of the provincial public sector, Gauteng MEC for Finance Barbara Creecy announced on Thursday that Provincial Treasury and the provincial Department of Transport (DoT) have agreed to pilot an open, transparent tender application process in the current financial year.

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      Mentions:   Johannesburg

    19. Gauteng to pilot ‘transparent, open’ tender bidding model

      Explore Engineering News (Jul 24 2014)

      Gauteng to pilot ‘transparent, open’ tender bidding model

      In support of Gauteng Premier David Makhura’s vision of a “radical transformation” of the provincial public sector, Gauteng MEC for Finance Barbara Creecy announced on Thursday that Provincial Treasury and the provincial Department of Transport (DoT) have agreed to pilot an open, transparent tender application process in the current financial year.

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      Mentions:   Johannesburg

    20. Davies pushes for more local procurement

      Explore Engineering News (Jul 23 2014)

      Davies pushes for more local procurement

      Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has assured that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) would be “playing its part” in ensuring that government procured 75% of its goods and services from local companies, announcing on Tuesday the next designation of products for government procurement. These included steel, conveyance pipes, transformers, building and construction materials and rail signalling and components.

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      Mentions:   Asian   India   Brazil

    21. Govt considers legislation to incentivise municipalities – Gordhan

      Explore Polity.org.za (Jul 18 2014)

      Govt considers legislation to incentivise municipalities – Gordhan

      The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) is considering introducing legislation to incentivise positive behaviour among municipalities, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday.

      Such positive behaviour would include ensuring a minimum maintenance allocation of 7%, undertaking reviews of implementation capabilities and implementing ten-year infrastructure plans on a regional basis, he pointed out during his 2014/15 Budget Vote to Parliament.

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      Mentions:   Parliament   Pravin Gordhan   National Treasury

    22. New high-tech trains to boost SA economy

      Explore SA News (Jul 10 2014)

      Prasa’s Rolling Stock Fleet Renewal Programme is much more than the procurement of trains - the move is set to stimulate economic development and local manufacturing, says Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

      Minister Mathambi says the programme will bring this industry to its former glory and revive South Africa’s rail engineering sector.

      “This is another special milestone in government’s commitment to build infrastructure that will stimulate the economy and support local procurement.”

      The minister was speaking to the media on Thursday following a Cabinet meeting, which was held just days after the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa ...

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Pretoria

    23. Transnet chief rails at Numsa spoilers

      Explore BDlive (Jul 6 2014)

      Transnet chief rails at Numsa spoilers

      Brian Molefe strikes an upbeat but militant note as he talks up South Africa's prospects, writes Chris Barron.

      TRANSNET boss Brian Molefe was in a buoyant mood after the parastatal delivered good results this week. But he admitted that the strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) could spoil the party if it continues.

      Mr Molefe, 47, is affable but acutely sensitive to criticism. His good mood soured later in the interview when he was asked about Transnet’s missed deadlines and he let rip at the media for its “cynical” retrospective analysis of what ...

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Johannesburg   Transnet

    24. Limpopo govt to channel 10% of procurement spend to co-ops

      Explore Polity.org.za (Jul 4 2014)

      Limpopo govt to channel 10% of procurement spend to co-ops

      Addressing members of various cooperatives, in Polokwane, on Thursday, Limpopo MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Seaparo Sekoati said the provincial government was committed to supporting cooperatives, as it believed these associations had a critical role to play in improving the lives of historically disadvantaged communities.

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