Many companies have lost government tenders in an irregular manner. The entire tender process is...
Many companies have lost government tenders in an irregular manner.
The entire tender process is governed by the Public Finance Management Act and the Municipal Finance Management Act.
Tender awards should be based on a scoring system taking into consideration many contributing
factors including BEE shareholding, community initiatives, location, ability to fulfil contract, infrastructure, tax clearance, proven ability in similar contracts etc.
Normally there are bid committee...s set up to ensure a smooth tender process.
There are three bid committees - bid specification, evaluation and adjudication - and each should ideally consist of five members.
A problem with the current system is where you have one official sitting on more than one committee.
This is a serious issue that needs to be reviewed.
There are officials
who are members of both the bid and evaluation committees - and that is just not on.
That is like being the player and the referee at the same time.
There is also sometimes political interference in the awarding of tenders or downright corruption on the part of officials involved in the tender process like was identified in the Department of Public Works building lease saga.
Report any instances of tender rigging to IRS.
We investigate not just tender manipulation in the public sector but also in the private sector where corruption is just as rife.