The procurement policy to support small-, micro-and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs) under the amended procurement regulations has already achieved successes, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said on Tuesday.The policy was introduced in amendments to the regulations under the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and requires that government departments and entities procure a minimum of 30% of their goods and services from SMMEs."Already, between April 1 and November 30 2017, 81 out of 184 national and provincial departments procured between 60% to 100% of their goods and services from SMMEs, and only 22 departments (both national and provincial) have not yet reached the 30% target," said Zulu, speaking at a media briefing on the work of her department. She cautioned that it would take time to implement the regulations as processes had to be followed.Director-general Edith Vries said estimates were that just more than R70bn had been spent by national and prov...

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