The City’s supply chain management practices illustrate the integrity and transparency of the system even during the unprecedented procurement programme that is under way to help supplement water supply during this drought crisis. Read more below:
The City of Cape Town’s current multi-billion rand emergency augmentation programme is progressing well and is being underpinned by the City’s transparent tender processes and commitment to good governance.
‘We realise that there is a lot of private sector interest in this programme specifically and in drought-related matters in general. While private sector partnerships, support and leadership are vital to help us all get through this extreme drought together, the City will continue to ensure that it follows due diligence, proper procurement processes and the good governance practices that it has become known for.
‘This large-scale augmentation procurement programme, which looks at desalination, aquifers and water recycling among others, is unprecedented in scale. We are doing in months what it would usually take years to do. We are able to progress because of our proactive, long-term planning and good governance mechanisms.
‘If one looks at our 2016/17 supply change management statistics, it shows that there remains a high degree of accuracy in our supply chain management processes. Compliance is enforced via a rigorous tender evaluation and award process. The City’s Bid Adjudication Committee meetings are also open to the public and therefore highly transparent. The Appeals Authority as well as the Forensic Investigation Unit operate independently of the Supply Chain Management Unit and line departments, thereby maintaining a strict segregation of duties,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.
The City’s Organisational Development and Transformation Plan is ensuring a customer-centric approach and one where the highest level of service delivery is reached.
Where applicable, tenders related to the emergency augmentation programme are published on the City’s tender portal on www.capetown.gov.za, in relevant local newspapers and the National Treasury’s e-tender portal.