CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape government on Monday launched an annual Public Procurement Disclosure Report (PDR), the first of its kind in South Africa.
MEC for Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier said in a statement that the published report was for the period March 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
The launch took place during the opening of the Provincial Treasury Procurement Client Center in Century City, Cape Town.
The annual PDR is over 2,000 pages long and includes over 6,400 Covid-19 spending transactions since March 1, 2020, as well as for the fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, for the government of Cape Town. Westerner. .
Maynier said that in terms of public procurement, the local government is determined to be the most transparent province in the country.
He said the PDR has confirmed that to date, 0.03 billion rand ($ 147 million) has been incurred for Covid-19-related spending in departments and public entities across the province.
The RDP further revealed that a total of R524 billion (67.32%) of all Covid-19 spending by provincial departments and public entities was spent on small, medium and microenterprises (SMEs), which exceeded the national target of 30%.
A total of 524 billion rand (US $ 110 million), or 63.59%, of all Covid-19 spending was going to suppliers in the province. All Covid-19 spending for B-BBEE suppliers totaled 2.29 billion rand (over 72 million US dollars), or 60.91%.
Maynier said the health ministry had the highest overall spending on Covid-19, totaling over 1 billion rand ($ 72 million), followed by the education department, which totaled more than 431 million. Rand ($ 31 million) and the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, totaling Rand 408 million (US $ 29 million).
Maynier said the local government remains committed to cutting red tape for companies wishing to become Western Cape Government suppliers, hence the opening of the Customer Supply Center.
“The Procurement Client Center offers a range of services to improve the ease of doing business with the government, including providing procurement assistance to provincial ministries, entities, municipalities and suppliers through our service. integrated support, guiding them through the bidding process and registering correctly. based on the National Treasury’s Central Supplier Database (CSD) and Western Cape Supplier Evidence Bank (WCSEB), ”Maynier said.
– African press agency