The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) is progressing payments to service providers and ensuring service providers are paid within a set 30-day period.

DPWI and Property Management Trading Entity (PMTE), also subordinate to DPWI, process and pay an average of 1,130 and 11,700 invoices each month respectively.

“The department had over 11,500 unpaid invoices in the 30 days before I and the relevant teams in the department implemented the Reapatala tracking system. I have to thank the finance teams, the ICT teams and other areas for their excellent work to improve this vital area of ​​work,” the minister said in a statement on Thursday.

Reapatala (‘we pay’) is a platform where all departmental invoices are received internally and managed to ensure efficient tracking of invoices due on time.

“This system has managed to ensure efficient tracking of bills that are due on time. I track this work in the department weekly and have seen a steady decline in 30 day past due payments.

“We always aim for zero late payments, however in some cases there are good reasons for late payments where there are discrepancies with invoices that need to be clarified.

“As part of our efforts to ensure that we pay service providers on time and minimize late payments, weekly meetings with our regional offices and regular interventions by myself and various teams in the department through The Reapatala reports have resulted in several late payments. DPWI to service providers,” De Lille said.

The issue of late payments was one of the main issues the minister tackled when she took office in June 2019.

“At that time there were about 2,084 delinquent payments in the system every week after the 30-day payment period.”

The department also started monitoring officials found guilty of late payments without good reason. In the period from April 2021 to February 28, 2022, the number of implemented remediation processes related to 166 invoices involving 180 officials.

During the week from August 12 to 19, the department processed 1,686 invoices (95.4%) on time and within 30 days.

“I am also pleased that most DPWI regional offices such as Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Kimberley, Mthata, Nelspruit and Gkeberha have no outstanding invoices after the 30-day period for the week of August 12-19. 2022,” said De Lille. – SAnews.gov.za

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