The Treasury’s director-general, Dondo Mogajane, has complained to the standing committee on public accounts about accounting officers becoming more dismissive of measures they must fulfil in order to bypass procurement guidelines. However, the days of using deviation applications to avoid competitive tenders were numbered as Treasury was working on measures to make it harder to get deviation approval. Treasury has mechanisms in place that allow entities and departments to procure goods outside of the Public Finance Management Act and state procurement guidelines. These provisions are designed to enable emergency procurement or to expedite the process, in which case only one supplier is used and there is no competitive bidding. However, an increasing number of entities and departments were invoking emer-gency procurement conditions unnecessarily in order to avoid a bidding process, compromising the integrity of the system while leaving the state vulnerable to needless waste. Mogajan...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00.