Open tender system rolled out to all Gauteng depts
The Gauteng provincial government is committed to ensuring openness and transparency to tender processes and will be rolling out the open tender system to all its departments.
The open tender pilot project was launched in November 2014 to promote the transparency of the procurement process to award bids through fair competition in while ensuring compliance with supply chain management rules and regulations.
“I truly believe we can use procurement policy to achieve genuine black economic empowerment in all sectors without bribery and corruption,” he said, adding that Gauteng was striving to become a corruption-free province.
“We are implementing an integrity management framework to deter fraud and corruption. We have been taking decisive disciplinary action against people found guilty of financial misconduct.”
Regarding service delivery, the Premier said the Ntirhisano programme had stabilised the province and changed the way government works.
He attributed Gauteng’s decrease in service delivery protests – from 21% to 15% in the past 12 months – to the Ntirhisano programme.
He committed “Team Gauteng” to continue spending more time on the ground solving problems with communities, unblocking delivery of infrastructure projects and getting the economy working for all.
About 19 of the province’s departments and agencies, including the Office of the Premier, achieved clean audits in the 2014/15 financial year.
Only one department, the Department of Health, and one agency, G-Fleet, achieved unsatisfactory audit outcomes.
“The leadership of the department have been placed on very strict performance terms to fix our public healthcare system,” said the Premier.
“Similar action will be taken where departments and agencies show serial poor performance. There shall be consequences for poor performance and unethical conduct. We mean business.”
Most of the province’s departments spent 99% of their infrastructure budgets, which Premier Makhura said, was commendable given the history of underspending on infrastructure.
The province will also deal with departments who do not pay service providers on time.
According to data, 10 out of 14 departments achieved 90% compliance with the payment of service providers within 30 days.