Tender chaos!

How does a multibillion-rand tender just get cancelled and reissued? What recourse do bidders have when they waste millions preparing bids? ICT procurement in government is in desperate need of an overhaul.

01 July 2009

For South African ICT companies, the public sector is both a gold mine and a minefield. Government is the single largest buyer of technology in the country. However, a series of bungled public sector tenders has shaken the industry’s faith in the procurement processes followed in this key market.

Every year, numerous high-profile government tenders are postponed or even completely shelved while the results of many others are challenged in court by bidders amid accusations of corruption or incompetence.

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