The City of Tshwane has introduced a new online procurement system portal that will improve its tendering processes and help root out corruption.

Tshwane eProcurement was launched on Tuesday at the Centurion Council Chambers and will ensure equal and fair opportunities for vendors and effective supplier management, the city said.

“The eProcurement system goes beyond being digital. It’s an electronic filing system leaving a trail for all transactions. The City of Tshwane is transitioning to a paperless environment, thus all inefficiency goes away,” said Tshwane MMC for Economic Development in, Subesh Pillay.

This means that from July,  tenders will no longer be advertised in newspapers as they will all be placed online.

The portal is part of an integrated financial management system that seeks to lift productivity, improve probity, maintain a bidder and supplier database, increase qualified bidder competition for unique projects, diversify suppliers and generate savings over outdated manual procurement practices that are often susceptible to manipulation.

“Tshwane eProcurement will also eliminate all employees who want to do business with the city,” Pillay said.

Vendors can register their companies and their services on the portal, view tenders, provide quotations, express and register their interest, request information and submit proposals.

“What the City of Tshwane is launching today is key in eliminating government red tape [as] eProcurement leaves an online trail. Every transaction is traceable and user-identifiable,” said Chief Procurement OfficerKenneth Brown.

eProcurement will be available on the city’s website by the beginning of July.

[Source and image – City of Tshwane]