The Gauteng government’s open tender system has saved the province R1.2bn in irregular expenditure in the past financial year, finance MEC Barbara Creecy says. In the open tender system the public is allowed to attend the adjudication process. All tenders valued more than R2m are adjudicated by this system. Faced with increasing corruption and lack of transparency in the awarding of tenders in the province, Premier David Makhura spearheaded the establishment of the system. Creecy said since its launch the system had adjudicated over more than 75 projects with a combined value of R15bn. She announced in 2016 that the province would introduce legislation that would make the use of the open tender system. On Tuesday, ahead of the budget vote of the provincial treasury, Creecy said that the bill had been published for public comment and would probably be tabled in August 2018. "The open tender system saved Gauteng R1.2bn in irregular expenditure by detecting noncompliance in 26 tenders ...

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