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The government of Ghana launched a new website this week aimed at improving accountability, transparency and effectiveness in government business as well as provide procurement services. It certainly is good to see that governments in Africa are moving in this direction
The site holds the promise of making a big contribution to the procurement processes soon however it lacked content and functionality at the time of the launch.(Read Full Article)
Consortium China North Rail (CNR) Rolling Stock South Africa (RSSA), led by Chinese locomotive manufacturer CNR Dalian, has ordered 232 MTU Series 4000 engines from Rolls-Royce Power Systems for State-owned Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) new freight locomotives. The €100-million order would see the delivery of Rolls Royce subsidiary MTU’s “most powerful” locomotive engines between 2015 and 2017.(Read Full Article)
President Jacob Zuma devoted much of his January 8th statement on Saturday to talking about corruption, saying there was a misperception that the ANC was largely responsible for it.
"It cannot be, it is another misrepresentation of fact," he said at the party's 103rd anniversary rally at Cape Town stadium.
Zuma said the ANC government had been unique in its attempts to root out corruption in the public service.(Read Full Article)
A printing company and two of its former employees have been found guilty of making corrupt payments totalling nearly half a million pounds to public officials to influence the award of business contracts.(Read Full Article)
This protest-filled year will be remembered as a mixed one for local government, write Karen Heese and Kevin Allan(Read Full Article)
Presidency says procurement process will now be designed and launched, after talks with US, South Korea, Russia, France, Japan and China(Read Full Article)
The Auditor General recently released an audit report of our municipalities, state entities and government departments. The report once again showed marked improvements in the management of public funds by these public institutions as compared to the previous year.
Financial problems at Eskom have pushed the government to look into selling stakes in state companies to free up funds to update the utility and ease power blackouts.
President Jacob Zuma's ANC has long been reluctant to sell company stakes to ease the strain on the budget, for fear of upsetting powerful labour union allies who say this would cause job losses.
But state-owned Eskom urgently needs 250 billion rand to upgrade its infrastructure and this has left the ANC, managing a national debt of 50 percent of GDP, with little choice but to rethink the state ownership model ...(Read Full Article)
South Africa has suffered its worst power shortages in six years this month due to creaking power plants and emergency maintenance. Eskom is facing a $20-billion funding shortfall over the next four years, forcing the government to consider selling state assets to bail out the utility.
The government announced on Thursday that it would launch a private sector-led coal-fired power plant programme by January 2015, which should add 2 500 MW of generation capacity to the grid.(Read Full Article)
The Department of Mineral Resources would like to warn members of the public against an organised syndicate (s) scamming unsuspecting members of the public and claiming to act on behalf of the department.
One of the ways in which the syndicate operates is by requesting quotations for various goods and services from potential service providers, locally and abroad.(Read Full Article)
Besides tenders for cruise terminals at the Cape Town and Durban harbours, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) plans to release a series of request for proposals (RFPs) in the coming months for terminal prospects at a number of the country’s commercial ports.(Read Full Article)
The South African government is seeking bids from international and domestic advisers with expertise to design, develop and implement programmes for the “procurement of energy from independent power producers (IPPs)”.
The request for proposals (RFP) has been issued by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) on behalf of the Department of Energy (DoE) and the National Treasury and appears to be the precursor to bidding processes that should extend government’s IPP procurement reach beyond renewable energy.
However, a similar RFP was released in August 2013, which failed to yield any procurement processes.(Read Full Article)
South Africa’s National Treasury on Friday reissued its amended request for proposal (RFP) for the five-year multibillion-rand project to replace the legacy systems currently in use with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for an integrated financial management system (IFMS).(Read Full Article)
Government departments and state entities have come under fire from the Auditor-General for poor performance and failing to jack up their systems to comply with the law in the issuing of tenders.
This was after Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu found that only 25 percent of departments and entities received clean audits during 2013/14.
Makwetu, who was releasing the report on the performance of departments at national level and provinces in Parliament on Wednesday, said it was perturbing that 72 percent of the departments and entities did not comply with the law when it came to supply-chain management.
Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has called on all government leaders to play a crucial role in ensuring that government departments and entities improve their audit outcomes. He has raised concerns over irregular expenditure, non-compliance with legislation, auditees with financial risk indicators and financial misstatements – where auditors have to help auditees correct their annual performance reports to achieve better outcomes.(Read Full Article)
REMGRO executive chairman Johann Rupert launched a downbeat diatribe against the government at the company’s annual general meeting on Tuesday.
Mr Rupert also criticised the government at last year’s meeting, telling his audience that he wondered how people did business in SA where red tape and corruption were "pervasive".(Read Full Article)
WOULD Transnet Freight Rail CEO Siyabonga Gama have joined the state-owned rail company if he had known how tough the job would be?
These days, as Transnet posts massive profits and tonnages continue to rise, it would be easy to say yes.
It has not always been this way, however. Transnet and its bloated, inefficient forebears have long been easy targets for being more about sheltered employment than providing a freight transport service that customers wanted(Read Full Article)
Cabinet approves implementation of programme to ensure compliance by government departments with policy on procuring goods, services from local suppliers(Read Full Article)
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)
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reiterated on Tuesday that the procurement of goods that conform to local content requirements was not just a recommendation for State entities but a legal requirement.
During a Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry briefing, he noted that all organs of State were obligated to procure goods that were on the designated list and that conformed to local content requirements.(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)
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 ...