Understanding tender corruption – part three

By Kavisha Pillay Part three of Understanding corruption in public procurement takes a quick look at what’s involved in the tender process, then considers what and who influences the opportunities of corrupt practises in public procurement, and finally outlines the impact and damages of tender corruption. Dodgy public procurement deals pop up frequently in the Read more >

Understanding tender corruption – part two

By Kavisha Pillay The World Bank notes that public procurement is an area where the public and private sector co-operate financially and involves relatively few but high level transactions. Consequently, procurement officers have more to gain by sidestepping procedures and engaging in corrupt activities. In Corruption Watch’s recent submission to the Constitutional Court in the Read more >

Understanding tender corruption – part one

By Kavisha Pillay Public procurement processes are often complex and transparency of the process is sometimes limited, therefore manipulation of tendering procedures is hard to detect. Corruption Watch has recently been involved in a number of investigations that highlight the ease with which tender processes can be tampered – the Mpumalanga circumcision tender, a case Read more >

Well-run tender processes foster transparency

Dear Corruption Watch A lot of corruption seems to involve tenders. Is the government always required to put out a tender when it procures goods and services, or does it have other options? What circumstances have to be present for it to bypass the tender route? Worried Dear Worried Competitive procurement is a requirement in Read more >

Jardine calls for integrity pact in tendering

Former Aveng CEO Roger Jardine has challenged the government and the corporate sector to strive for greater transparency and less secrecy – two factors which contribute significantly to corruption – in government tender processes. Jardine delivered a lecture last night at the Wits Business School, titled Rejecting Collusion and Corruption: Where to for the government Read more >

CW probe leads to tender suspension

A Corruption Watch probe into the awarding of a multi-million circumcision contract has yielded positive results. The R182-million contract, between the Mpumalanga Department of Health and a private service provider, Mkhago Health Care Services, has been suspended as a result of the probe. The organisation received an anonymous tip-off two months ago and acted swiftly Read more >

Corruption Watch fights tender case in ConCourt

Corruption Watch today appeared in the Constitutional Court, as a friend of the court, in the case of Allpay Consolidated Investment Holdings (Allpay) and Others v The South Africa Social Security Agency (SASSA) and Others. At the heart of the case is the award of a R10-billion tender by SASSA to a private company, Cash Read more >

Corruption Watch probes dodgy circumcision contract

Corruption Watch is investigating the Mpumalanga Health Department's decision to award a multimillion-rand contract "without tender" to circumcise 260 000 boys and men in the province, the Sunday Independent reported on the weekend. The civil society organisation is also querying why the contract was given to Mkhago Health Care Services, owned by Ebby Bongani Mkhabela, Read more >

Tlakula is missing the point

By Nicola Whittaker Recently, the spotlight has been on two pillars of our democracy, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the Office of the Public Protector.  At the heart of the fight is a contract entered into by the IEC, now Chaired by Advocate Pansy Tlakula, and Abland (Pty) Ltd for the lease of the Read more >