The Gauten Provincial Government, remains on track in its quest to restore public confidence in government’s procurement processes through the Open Tender System according to MEC for Finance, Barbara Creecy.
“We have significantly improved provincial financial management and compliance. This has resulted in 65% clean audits and a hundred percent unqualified audits for all departments and entities for three years in a row,” Creecy told lawmakers during her budget vote speech on Tuesday morning.
Creecy said since the province introduced the public procurement system, over 80 projects with a collective value of about R18 billion have been adjudicated in public.
“This process has enhanced transparency in government and created significant awareness about public procurement and accountability in decision making,” said Creecy.
To date, Gauteng Department of Finance has received a number of positive comments about the role the Open Tender Adjudication process is playing in promoting clean governance.
” The Open Tender system is one of the best initiatives that has been introduced by government to stop corruption in tenders. As a supplier within Gauteng, I attended a few public adjudications and saw for myself how bids are discussed and decisions on who gets the tender are taken amongst other things,” said Gauteng businessman, Lucas Mabena from Bronkhorspruit.
The Bill which will enshrine the Open Tender system to law, is now before the Finance Committee and will be made into law soon.
“I have no doubt that the significant progress we have achieved in this term in establishing a culture of transparency, public accountability and credible financial controls can, if sustained in the next term, ensure the Provincial Government achieves its target of 100% clean audits,” added Creecy.
She also praised Gauteng municipalities as they have received unqualified audits, for the third year in a row more especially Midvaal which has sustained a clean audit for 5 years in a row.