REPRESENTATION ON COMMITTEES
Procurement bill gives public role in tenders
The move will make tenders more open and transparent, says Treasury official
The finalised draft Public Procurement Management Bill is intended to give civil society a role in adjudicating tenders, Treasury acting procurement chief Schalk Human says. This would make the award of tenders more open and transparent, Human said on Tuesday before briefing Parliament’s appropriations committee. Civil society including bodies such as the Black Sash, Corruption Watch and community-based organisations, would be able to be represented on the adjudicating committees. Human said such a system was appropriate for a vibrant democracy such as SA’s. Gauteng already had an open process for all tenders above R50m. The draft bill would institutionalise this. The proposed bill, which would be submitted to the Cabinet after it was approved by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, would introduce more flexibility into government procurement, Human said. The bill would provide the legal framework for the regulation, modernisation and transformation of public procurement and include pref...