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Sassa still ducking and diving

Corruption Watch has learned of the resignation of a senior executive at the South African Social Services Agency (Sassa) who was linked to the alleged irregular payment to (CPS) of almost R317-million. This amount was for the re-registration of grant recipients. Frank Earl tendered his registration several weeks ago in what a reliable source to Read more >

Hitachi: a settlement payment is not enough

Global electronics corporation Hitachi’s settlement fine of $19-million for charges brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against the company for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is not enough of a sanction. The Japanese multinational company has a diverse footprint in over 40 countries and boasts growing profit margins year on Read more >

Central supplier database – useful info and downloads

The national treasury’s central supplier database (CSD) was launched last week by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, at the East London Industrial Development Zone in the Eastern Cape. The database is one of the ways in which government plans to simplify its procurement process and cut down on corruption. The establishment of a CSD, says the Read more >

Open doors for Cedar Road tender adjudication

On 1 April in Ekurhuleni, the Gauteng provincial government held a bid adjudication session that was open to everyone – marking the first time that the adjudication of a tender was conducted in public in Gauteng. The tender is for the upgrade of a portion of the busy Cedar Road. The provincial finance department is Read more >

Corruption Watch wants bid payment to CPS set aside

First published in Business Day Lobby group Corruption Watch is seeking a court order to set aside a R317-million payment by the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS), the company administering the payment of social grants. Following previous court action, the Net1 subsidiary is already having to rebid for one Read more >

A further Sassa judgment handed down

The Constitutional Court on Tuesday handed down another judgment in the case between AllPay Consolidated Investment Holdings and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa). The judgment was for an application for the review of a request for proposals (RFP), issued in respect of a public procurement tender, worth R10-billion, for the payment of social Read more >

Still no resolution for Sassa grants tender

The legal woes surrounding South Africa’s multi-billion rand social grant tender are far from over. The deadline for submissions for the South African Social Security Agency’s (Sassa) social grants tender has been suspended, which means the country is no closer to getting a new distributor of grants. This is despite a Constitutional Court (ConCourt) ruling Read more >

Govt supplier database set to curb corruption

By Lloyd Gedye First published in Mail & Guardian The national treasury is launching a central supplier database and a central e-tender portal next month in a bid to fight corruption and make government procurement more efficient and cost-effective. In 2013/2014, the public sector spent R500-billion on goods, services and construction. Government itself has admitted Read more >

Open tender project under way in Gauteng

The Gauteng provincial government has delivered on its promise – made in November 2014 – of bringing unprecedented levels of openness and transparency to the murky waters of its tendering processes. The first public disclosure of a tender took place at the provincial treasury offices in Johannesburg on Friday, with that department being chosen to Read more >