Author: Marino Donati
The first tenders will go live on South Africa’s new electronic public sector procurement portal at the end of the month.
The government has introduced the e-Tender Publication Portal, a single platform where tenders will be published, to simplify, standardise and automate the procurement process by eliminating the duplication and fragmentation of notices for government tenders.
The National Treasury said tenders for 2015-16 should start going through towards the end of this month, for procurement plans that have been approved.
Municipalities will start to publish their tenders on the portal on 1 July this year, to coincide with the start of the financial year for municipalities.
The portal, along with the Central Supplier Database, was announced last month, and launched by the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer last week. The State Information Technology Agency will be responsible for technical support, maintenance and hosting of the portal.
The e-tender portal will carry tender notices, official tender documents and relevant terms of reference and other relevant information. The Central Supplier Database will be a consolidated list of all supplier information for national, provincial and local government.
There is currently no single comprehensive database, so information related to compliance requirements is duplicated during procurement processes, payment processing and audit procedures.
The portal is a first step towards implementing the government’s e-procurement system as part of the integrated financial management system.
The National Treasury announcement said: “The benefits of the portal include cost reduction and effort associated with traditional tender publications and an improvement in transparency and accountability with regards to the award of government tenders.”
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