The efficacy of the Emfuleni local municipality procurement system
Sape, Jeffrey Thakgalang
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This study investigated the efficacy of the procurement system at Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) in Gauteng Province of South Africa. The study was influenced by procurement researches conducted by the World Bank, UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and United Nations (UN) General Assembly amongst others in shaping the international procurement landscape. South Africa adopted its procurement reform system in early 1998/1999 financial year to enhance the effective delivery of services in local government. The study adopted a documentary review approach based on qualitative data collection techniques to examine the factors that affect procurement at Emfuleni Local Municipality. Secondary data for this study was collected from scholarly books, journals, publications, conference papers, legislation, newspapers and electronic database available on procurement practices both in the local and international spectrum. Other key government documents such as Statistics South Africa 2017/18 and Auditor General Reports 2016/17/, municipal official documents and records, Integrated Development Plan (IDP), pro-procurement plan, policies, consultancy works and annual reports were examined to establish the efficacy of the procurement system in ELM. Findings from these documents revealed that in the quest to achieve the efficacy on its procurement systems, Emfuleni Local Municipality encountered various obstacles. These include inter alia, lack of adequate skills and knowledge, lack of ethics and good moral conduct of officials, non-compliance with supply chain management policy and regulations. The findings revealed further the lack of proper planning in linking demands to budgets, inadequate and inconsistent risk management in supply chain management, ineffective stakeholders and poor public participation and failure by the municipality to monitor and evaluate procurement and supply chain processes. The implications for this study were that Emfuleni Local municipality needs to recruit qualified people with relevant experience in procurement and supply chain management. There is a need to conduct more training and development workshops to equip the municipal officials with adequate skills that match the dynamic sector of procurement in the process accelerating service provision. The study recommended the municipality to conduct monitoring and evaluation which is key to red flagging acts of corruption and malpractices in the procurement processes.
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