Provincial Treasuries share best experiences on term contracts

Tuesday, 05 September 2017

To: All Media Attention: News Editor / Producers 05 September 2017

If you want to start a successful journey you must first ask those who have travelled it to avoid the challenges that they went through, said MEC Sikhumbuzo Kholwane.

Addressing a two day meeting of Treasury officials from Mpumalanga and Free State Province on Monday, 04 September 2017, MEC Kholwane emphasised the importance of learning from each other’s experience to expedite the implementation of the procurement reforms in the public sector.

“Our Province is preparing to implement transversal term contracts as part of the procurement reforms. It is important, as we undertake this important policy assignment, to arm ourselves with the necessary knowledge and experience to perfect the implementation process of transversal contracts, said MEC Kholwane.

“We have noted that Free State Province has walked this path before us. We are here to learn how you have done it, which items did you start with, the challenges that you went through, and importantly to exchange ideas on how best to respond to the dynamics of implementation of the current transversal term contracts in the country, said MEC Kholwane.

Both the Members of Executive Council for Finance in Mpumalanga and Free State agree that the transversal term contracts must respond to the socio-economic development agenda in their Provinces.

“We share the same sentiment that transversal term contracts must respond to the provinces’ dynamics and the decision on the localisation of procurement opportunities, said Free State MEC Elzabe Rockman.

The Head Official of Provincial Treasury, Ms Bede Nkamba committed to ensure that the lessons learnt are incorporated in the current processes to speed up the implementation of the term contracts in the Province.

In his policy and budget speech earlier this year, MEC Kholwane said the transversal term contracts will improve efficiency, secure value for money, and ensure that the province benefits from economies of scale.

The Provincial Treasury has so far concluded the analysis of existing contracts on the identified commodities such as cleaning material, stationery, toiletries, furniture as well as events management to give effect to this policy injunction that Premier DD Mabuza announced in his State of the Province Address in March 2017.

Issued by the Mpumalanga Provincial Treasury
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