Launched on 1 April by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, the e-tender portal, which is aimed at simplifying, standardising and automation of the procurement process, is the first step to digitalising interaction between South African business and government.
The DA hopes that this will be a more accessible model than Gauteng’s current “open tender process”, announced in November last year for the Cedar Road upgrade – which has been marred by challenges of accessibility to Gauteng businesses.
While the DA supports any initiative aimed at opening up government procurement to public scrutiny, we hope that these will not just be grand public relations exercises, but true implementation strategies.
Open adjudication of bids will provide maximum transparency, reduce red tape, and speed up service delivery.
The DA will submit questions to Gauteng MEC for Finance Barbara Creecy on the province’s readiness to ensure a smooth and stable transition to this national portal and whether the two can be aligned and accessible.
Adriana Randall MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Finance
060 556 4342