A Diagnosis of the Post-Apartheid Public Procurement Regime in South Africa

Bongani Mwale


The purpose of this study is to analyse the progress that the post-Apartheid public procurement regime has made in South Africa in achieving its mandate of addressing socio-economic imbalances created by Apartheid. Based on the desktop literature review and research design, this study explores, through a conceptual analytical approach, the pros and cons that have characterized the South African public procurement regime to date. The study appreciate and acknowledge tremendous progress made to date in ensuring that the South African public procurement regime meets the international standards governing supply chain management processes. Nevertheless, research findings have shown some shortcomings in that the current procurement regime as it recycle enterprises without really creating sustenance. This has resulted in most SMEs benefitting from the government procurement, struggling to survive outside public procurement. The current B-BBEE framework have shown fundamental gaps, and consequently created of more black business managers than black industrialists who are sustainable entrepreneurs. Big companies with the capacity to respond to the seven elements of the scorecards hire black executives and pay them salaries while they share dividends and profits. Thus, the Public Procurement in South Africa needs to be constantly evaluated, monitored and adjusted accordingly, considering the highly dynamic contemporary business environment. This is in the ambit of: lack of proper knowledge, skills and capacity; non-compliance with SCM policy and regulations; inadequate planning and the linking of demand to the budget; Accountability, fraud and corruption; inadequate monitoring and evaluation of SCM; unethical behaviour; decentralization of the procurement system without proper regulated mechanism and Irresponsiveness of the B-BBEE policy. The study concludes by recommending a revamp of the B-BBEE framework in its current form in order to make it more responsive and effective.

Keywords: Public Procurement, Preferential Procurement Policy Framework, Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment, Supply Chain Management

DOI: 10.7176/EJBM/12-29-02

Publication date:October 31st 2020

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