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PPADB drills contractors on competitive bidding

Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) executive director-Supplies, Mr Kgakgamalo Ketshajwang has implored contractors to ensure quality and cost effective services reach beneficiaries on time.

Speaking at a general suppliers capacity building workshop recently, Mr Ketshajwang said contractors should sharpen their skills on procurement for supplies required by central government.

He said by so doing they would submit more competitive bids. “Being empowered with knowledge and skills as having a good understanding of procedures and processes will allow suppliers to know when there is breach in procurement and keeping tenders clean,” he said.

Mr Ketshajwang noted that there are a number of projects where awarded contractors have clearly failed to deliver in line with award decisions. He pleaded with contractors to deliver on their obligations without having to be chased around by procuring entities.

He said PPADB is worried by failure to deliver quality products on time and within cost. Mr Ketshajwang expressed hope that the workshop, which was aimed at improving contractors’ understanding of the requirements of PPAD Act and regulations, would improve on delivery and even increase contractors’ chances of winning tenders.

“This workshop comes at an opportune time as contractors need to position themselves to do business with government during the 2017-2018 financial year following the budget speech,” he said.

He said in the last financial year alone, PPADB adjudicated on works/infrastructure, services and supplies at the value of approximately P3.9 billion while various ministerial tender committees adjudicated on those to the value of approximately P4 billion and district administration tender committees awarded those at about P540 million.

Mr Ketshajwang explained that PPAD Act and Regulations emphasise transparency, accountability, fairness and value for money and he urged all stakeholders to avoid corruption at all costs. “PPADB and procuring entities are required to uphold the principles of public procurement as enshrined in the PPAD Act,” he said.

He said PPADB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) and the Competition Authority for combating corruption, unfair competition, collusion, bid rigging and fraud.

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