Draft Public Procurement Bill on the Way

National Treasury

A Draft Public Procurement Bill has been drawn up but is yet to be released for comment.

National treasury confirmed this during a briefing on its 2016/2017 annual report.

In May 2017, the finance minister, Malusi Gigaba, highlighted some of the key objectives of the draft bill including providing for supplier development for procurement, providing for targeting designated groups and breaking down barriers to entry by reducing the administrative burden on prospective suppliers.

“We want suppliers to be able to focus as much as possible on demonstrating a compelling value proposition, not navigating endless paperwork”, he said.

The minister emphasised that government was determined to increase the state’s ability to “use procurement strategically to support economic transformation.”

Meanwhile, the standing committee on finance has asked parliament’s Legal Services Unit to decide on the legality of treasury’s use of section 16 of the Public Finance Management Act for the recent R3 billion bail-out for South African Airways. The unit has until 17 October 2017 to make a decision.

In a statement, the committee chairperson, Yunus Carrim, declared that the committee wants treasury to explain the conditions under which the money was allocated.

Sabinet Cape Town Office