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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 16:51

Date:                           26 February 2020

Media Release:          Immediate

 

 

SACTWU Responds on the Budget Speech

 

The COSATU-affiliated Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) notes the Budget Speech by Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni.

 

The Minister has indicated that procurement reforms will be undertaken to achieve value for money and maximise the quality and quantity of services, and that Cabinet has approved the publication of the Public Procurement Bill. SACTWU has been waiting for this Bill for several years and has been frustrated by its delay. Public procurement, particularly the procurement of locally made goods, is one of the State’s key tools to promote local industrialisation and job creation. Yet at this point we still see too much leakage where imported products flow into State supply chains despite these products being designated for localisation and local content. SACTWU wants to see much stricter mechanisms in place to ensure that procuring authorities fulfil their obligations towards localisation and grow upstream industries and jobs. The publication of this Bill finally gives us a chance to move this process along, fix problems within the procurement regime, and develop a sharper and more effective tool for the benefit of our economy.

 

We also note the R18.5bn allocated for the re-imagined industrial strategy. Given the importance of industrialisation for jobs and a future sustainable economy, we would have hoped for a greater a much larger allocation.

 

 

Issued by

Andre Kriel

General Secretary

SACTWU

 

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