Tender scoring and tender fraud
Article by Werner van Rooyen
We are frequently asked if there is a possibility that some tenders are awarded fraudulently. The short answer is no.
The reason we say this is because there are just too many tenders circulating in South Africa for them to be awarded fraudulently. If you look at the statistics it will show that there are at any given time about 6000 tenders available in South Africa - this consists of Government or Public Sector tenders as well as Private Sector tenders. One can safely assume that most tenders are valid for 30 days (one month) before it expires, which means that there are about 72000 valid tenders per annum in South Africa. So there is a possibility of fraud committed on of these tenders.
However, there is also the drive from certain Government departments and Provinces to be totally transparent in all their tender activities. There also been a noticeable change with the Public Sector to become more transparent especially when it comes to awarding a tender. This all helps prevent the opportunity for fraud.
The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act also provides the Public Sector with the Preferential Procurement Scoring system whereby bidders have to score points in order to advance from one stage to another and to finally be awarded the tender. This scoring system should be the only way that tenders are awarded - if not then there an issue which needs to be reported.
If you know of any fraudulent tender activities please be report to the Tender Fraud hotline 0800 701 701. Confidentiality is guaranteed.
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