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The implementation of affirmative procurement policy : the post tender role of the public client

Thesis (MTech (Construction Management))--Cape Peninsula University of Technology, 2005 / The study investigates the effectiveness of the Public Works Affirmative Procurement
Policy in the Republic of South Africa, and the research being conducted in the
Western Province. It is the intention of the researcher to determine the role of the
public sector, and to determine if government's efforts to implement the policy of
procurement have been successful.
The aim of the Affirmative Procurement Policy was primarily to promote Affirmable
Business Enterprises (ABE's i.e. small medium and micro enterprises which is owned
mainly by previously disadvantaged communities or PDI's). The need to transform
the public sector procurement system as current policies and procedures clearly
favour large and established enterprises. In 1996 the State Tender Board approved the
decision that the Department of Public Works implement the policy of APP, in all its
construction projects.
International models of procurement were explored, so to compare that with the
current South African situation. Surveys conducted throughout the research targeted
mainly previously disadvantaged individuals, in order to establish the ambiguity of
the system. The countries discriminatory past laws contributed largely to the backlog
of service delivery and to widespread impoverishment.
Due to lack of resources, finance and skills training growth in the emerging sector
hinders progress as contractors encounter numerous problems facing the industry. The
introduction of the lO-point plan approved by Cabinet as a measure to achieve this
goal was not fully successful as some provinces only implemented it partially whilst
others have systems in place that differ from the proposal detailed in the plan.
The implementation of affrrrnative procurement, which would ensure participation of,
targeted groups would consequently address the development of SMME's, increase
the volume of work and generate income among the marginalized sector of society.
Date January 2005
CreatorsJackson, Desmond Henry
PublisherCape Peninsula University of Technology
Source SetsSouth African National ETD Portal
Detected LanguageEnglish

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