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The government’s infrastructure programme is helping combat the effects of the recession and sparking new investment deals, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.
He told an infrastructure cluster media briefing that a combination of investment, particularly in energy, transport and logistics, had lifted the investment rate to 19.2% of the gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared with 18.9% a year earlier. It had also helped to create jobs.(Read Full Article)
The South African finance minister has said public sector procurement should support local industry and black economic development in his budget speech. Pravin Gordhan told parliament a database of local products and black-owned businesses was required to enable the government to support them.(Read Full Article)
State-owned enterprises (SOEs) will account for R404.5 billion of public capital expenditure in the next three fiscal years. Expenditure on public sector infrastructure as a whole is projected to reach R847.3bn in the years to 2016/17. In the past five years, it amounted to R1 trillion.
Capital expenditure by major SOEs will account for R381.9bn of the parastatals’ share in the infrastructure bill, with Transnet, Eskom and the SA National Roads Agency accounting for 90 percent of this amount. Transnet’s capital expenditure will overtake Eskom’s for the first time by 2016/17 as the ...(Read Full Article)
Progress has been made by the Chief Procurement Office, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday.
President Jacob Zuma has signed a proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate a multi-million rand tender, which the Department of Communications awarded to Media Corner.
The proclamation authorises the SIU to investigate the validity of the department awarding the tender to Media Corner to render services in respect of a public awareness campaign, relating to the broadcasting digital migration process project.(Read Full Article)
MDDA: Statement by Media Development and Diversity Agency, statutory development agency, applauds the leadership of SOECA and SOEPF on pledge of support for community and small commercial media (24/02/2014)
The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) would like congratulate and welcome the important announcement made today by the State Owned Entities Communicators Association (SOECA) and the State Owned Enterprises Procurement Forum (SOEPF) to both pledged their support for community and small commercial media as defined by the MDDA Act.
The Agency applauds the leadership of SOECA and SOEPF on giving meaning and effect to both MDDA Act and ...(Read Full Article)
Days after President Jacob Zuma confirmed in his State of the Nation address that government would move ahead with the procurement of new nuclear capacity, the Department of Energy (DoE) indicated that it planned to appoint an adviser to assess the economic impact of “localisation for the nuclear expansion programme”.(Read Full Article)
Centralising government's tender system will go a long way in rooting out corruption in the public service, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.
In an interview with the national broadcaster on Sunday, Zuma told SABC the fight against corruption would be better won when there was a central tender board in place to deal with all tenders. It would also make it easy to police corrupt officials.
Zuma was responding to a question regarding his announcement that government had decided to establish a central tender board to adjudicate tenders in all spheres of government.
He made the announcement during ...(Read Full Article)
President Jacob Zuma says to prevent corruption in the supply chain system in government, a central tender board to adjudicate tenders in all spheres of government, was being established.(Read Full Article)
President Jacob Zuma has signed a proclamation directing the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate allegations of “serious “maladministration by the South African Post Office (SAPO), improper or unlawful conduct by SAPO officials and unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public money.(Read Full Article)
Allegations to be investigated by the SIU included irregularities, malpractice or maladministration in the affairs of the SAPO in relation to the management of immovable property, intentional or negligent loss of public money and damage to public property.
A helicopter view of South Africa’s public-sector procurement system highlights not just its scale, scope and complexity, but also some of its key fragilities. Every year, departments and agencies across the three tiers of government spend more than R460-billion on procuring goods and services, ranging from automobiles for the police, to textbooks for schools and medication for hospitals.(Read Full Article)
THE Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), which owns and operates Metrorail, has finalised the award of its biggest signalling contract yet to Germany’s Siemens.
The R2.7bn contract to upgrade signalling systems on Gauteng’s passenger rail network was signed on Wednesday, according to a statement from Prasa, and is expected to improve train punctuality and safety, and help provide better controls and capacity management.(Read Full Article)
Britain has suspended direct aid to Malawi over a multi-million pound corruption scandal which has seen ministers close to President Joyce Banda implicated in fraud and the attempted murder of a whistleblower(Read Full Article)
Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has taken delivery of two new dual voltage electric Class 20E locomotives -- a month ahead of schedule. TFR on Monday received the first consignment of the locomotives, which it procured from Chinese manufacturer, China South Rail Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive (CSR ZELC).
The two locomotives are part of the five electric locomotives to be deployed in Transnet’s General Freight Business, with an additional four locomotives expected to arrive before the end of December this year. The locomotives, however, will undergo rigorous testing before their placement onto the rail network.
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Department’s "hard targets" for state-owned companies seen as alternative to mandatory "set asides" wanted by Black Business Council(Read Full Article)
When the Tanzania Public Procurement Act, 2004, came into force in 2005, public expectations were high that the new legislation would work well against escalating theft and embezzlement of public funds through procurement of goods and services.(Read Full Article)
Fast-growing firms in emerging countries such as China and India are not sufficiently transparent about their anti-corruption efforts. According to a report from anti-corruption group Transparency International (TI), Chinese firms to have the weakest overall performance among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations. Transparency in Corporate Reporting: Assessing Emerging Market Multinationals analysed 100 of the fastest growing companies based in 16 emerging markets.(Read Full Article)
There are widespread feelings that the fight against corruption in Zambia does not seem to be fully taken up by everyone in the country.(Read Full Article)
Following over four years of engagement between Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Imperial Logistics, the freight and logistics firms on Friday finally put pen to paper, ratifying a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will divert freight that is currently transported by road to a multimodal transport combination and amplify the use of rail in long-haul transportation.(Read Full Article)
Financial chaos continues to haunt the public works department and the entity responsible for managing its property portfolio. According to the department's 2012/13 annual report, tabled in Parliament, Auditor General (AG) Terence Nombembe again struggled to find proof of much of the department's expenditure, which runs into billions of rand. Nombembe found the department did not always follow the law when it procured goods and services and in managing its contracts.
2013 marks a decade of the existence of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) in South Africa, with the country set to host the first ever summit on BEE this week.
President Jacob Zuma is set to open the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Summit, which kicks off on Thursday under the theme, ‘A Decade of Economic Empowerment (2003 to 2013)’.
Through the hosting of the two-day summit, the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) intends to re-orientate the framework, as well as reposition B-BBEE as a catalyst for economic growth and development. It also aims to demystify the myth of B-BBEE ...
[Government of Botswana]President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama says although international communities continue to rank Botswana as the least corrupt country, there are worrying reports of corrupt incidences across local authorities.(Read Full Article)
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) overpaid suppliers to the tune of £11 million in the previous financial year, an audit has revealed. Officials found duplicate and overpayments for common goods and services such as stationery were behind the overspend. The MoD’s ‘spend recovery audit’ was carried out as part of work to cut government error and fraud, which saw £6.5 billion cut from public spending last year. All government departments will be carrying out spend recovery audits.(Read Full Article)
Johannesburg - The Treasury is putting new monitoring mechanisms in place to reduce tender fraud in the government supply chain. The new measures use provisions in the Public Finance Management Act, which allow the Treasury to monitor procurement transactions in government departments, in provinces, state-owned enterprises and 17 cities.(Read Full Article)