Finance Minister Enoch Hadongwana says a long-delayed public procurement bill could be introduced in parliament this fiscal year.

Enoch Hadongwan February 23, 2022 Photo: GCIS

CAPE TOWN – Finance Minister Enoch Hadongwan said a long-delayed public procurement bill could be introduced in parliament this fiscal year.

The bill aims to increase the transparency and efficiency of government procurement of goods and services worth hundreds of billions of rand a year.

Gadongwan has faced calls from opposition speakers to speed up the passage of the bill during the Treasury budget’s submission to parliament on Wednesday.

“We have received more than 4,000 applications for the revised Public Procurement Bill, and all of them have been considered along with recommendations from several recent commissions of inquiry. Consultations with Nedlac began on May 6, when the bill is being considered in parliament this financial year, ”he said.

Billions have been withdrawn from the state treasury over the years due to procurement irregularities in the government, and members of parliament are eager for the time required to finalize the bill.

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