An analysis of Supply Chain Management System at the North West Provincial Legislature
The purpose of this mini-dissertation was to analyse the decentralised procurement management function at the North West Provincial Legislature. Procurement has been a major challenge in the North West Provincial legislature as the system had been centralised. This created delays and, in some instances, orders had to be cancelled and relations between the users and suppliers were adversely affected. A decentralised system was thus adopted. One of the rationales for adopting the decentralised system was the assumption that the use of such a state procurement process would lead to better relations between the users and suppliers of goods and services. A quantitative approach was utilised to analyse the decentralised system at the North West Provincial Legislature. Questionnaires were distributed to the employees who are involved in the procurement function at the North West Provincial Legislature. Although the NWPL had introduced a number of policies and guidelines as laid out by the Public Finance Management Act, challenges still existed in the procurement function. Some of the weaknesses of this decentralised system were failure by branches to submit supplier invoices on time, which led to late payment, and failure to monitor the submission of invoices, thus leading to delayed payment to suppliers.