fin24, 11 October, 2017.
Cape Town – Acting chief procurement officer Willie Mathebula told Parliament on Wednesday that he is concerned about the deviations of state departments and institutions from procurement regulations.
The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer briefed the standing committee on finance on its performance in the past financial year.
In its presentation to the committee, the office said it approved deviations from public procurement processes to the value of R37.6bn in the 2016/17 financial year.
Eskom tops the list of deviations with R31.3bn, followed by the South African Revenue Service with R1.2bn.
In terms of applications to deviate from or expand existing contracts, Eskom again ranks highest with an amount of R33.3bn.
(Ed. note: No, that’s not a mistype, it IS billions, not just millions, and we thought the Arms Deal was a big deal!)
Treasury regulations allow for the deviation from procurement regulations in terms of the Public Finance Management Act in certain circumstances.
Mathebula, however, said he is concerned about the requests for deviation and expansion of the scope of specific contracts.