The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is calling on the MEC for Finance and e-Government Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko to ensure that government departments adhere to the procurement laws and Supply Chain Management (SCM) policy of the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG).
During this Covid-19 pandemic some departments may need to procure emergency goods and services and where this is needed departments should ensure that they follow a transparent procurement process.
In addition, the MEC should also ensure that municipalities adhere to procurement and SCM policies when procuring goods and services needed as part of their response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Adherence to the procurement laws and SCM policies will ensure that particularly small businesses and township businesses which qualify are able to put in a tender bid for the goods and services required.
In addition, National Treasury has also provided guidelines that need to be adhered to for Covid-19 emergency measures.
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The Covid-19 pandemic cannot be used as an excuse to not adhere to the procurement laws and SCM polices of the GPG.
The DA will be taking its oversight role seriously when it comes to the current Covid-19 procurement procedures and will ensure that the funds set aside for this is spent within budget and within the procurement laws and SCM policy of the GPG.