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21/09/2016: A first for Joburg residents: Tender committees to be open to the public
21 September 2016
I am pleased to announce that the awarding of tenders in Joburg will soon be transparent and open to public scrutiny. 
This is a first for the City of Joburg.
The days of important decisions relating to the use of public money being made behind closed doors, where corruption is able to raise its ugly head, is coming to an end. 
I have written to the City Manager, Mr Trevor Fowler, instructing him to start the process of amending the City’s Supply Chain Management Policy to allow for the bid adjudication committee, executive adjudication committee, intermediate adjudication committee and central adjudication committee to be open to the public.
These are the crucial stages at which a tender is assessed and adjudicated on its merits and awarded to the best applicant.
The amended Supply Chain Management Policy will appear before the sitting of Council on 27 October for a vote.
A vote against this amendment will be a vote in favour of corruption. 
The residents of this City have suffered for too long under previous administrations which have abused their trust and stolen their money.
I have declared corruption as public enemy number one in our City. This is an important first step towards making this government clean, transparent and corruption free.
Section 217 of the Constitution states that when government procures goods or services, “it must do so in accordance with a system which is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective.”
It is a disgrace that 22 years into our democracy, these tender committees are kept secret in our City. What was the previous administration trying to hide?
No longer will the politically connected be receiving tenders with their sole responsibility being to sub-tender to smaller parties while lining their own pockets. 
Corruption and nepotism are deplorable. It hampers service delivery meant to benefit our people, especially the poor. The new DA-led administration will deal with this swiftly, severely and decisively.
Opening up the competitive bidding process to members of the public would be in line with the principles of transparency and fairness, as enshrined in our Constitution.
It will also encourage the growth and development of small businesses, who in the past never stood a chance, because they were not part of the politically connected elite.  
This decision marks a new dawn in our City’s approach to procurement practices.
When the bright light of transparency shines down, the space for corruption disappears. 
Executive Mayor
Councillor Herman Mashaba
City of Joburg
Media enquiries:
Tony Taverna-Turisan
Mayoral Director of Communications
082 920 9708
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Last Updated on 22 September 2016