‘Gov­ern­ment poli­cies not help­ing blacks’

CityPress - - Business - LESETJA MALOPE lesetja.malope@city­press.co.za

Deputy Co­op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs Min­is­ter Obed Bapela has ad­mit­ted that gov­ern­ment’s pro­cure­ment poli­cies are hin­der­ing black busi­ness.

Bapela, speak­ing at a Black Busi­ness Coun­cil round ta­ble event in Sand­ton this week, said gov­ern­ment had pro­cure­ment poli­cies that made it dif­fi­cult for black busi­nesses to grow, and thus blocked them from “grad­u­at­ing” from be­ing small busi­nesses and sub­con­trac­tors to be­com­ing larger com­pa­nies.

“How our poli­cies are de­signed is dis­ad­van­ta­geous. Small must never re­main small; small must grow at some point and the poli­cies must be en­abling,” he said.

He also said that some ten­ders were de­signed in a way that made them clearly un­avail­able to black busi­ness.

Among the griev­ances voiced dur­ing the ses­sion were the lengthy de­lays in is­su­ing ten­ders; the lack of sup­port for black busi­nesses that aimed to fall into a higher turnover bracket; and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties’ fail­ure to ad­here to the 30-day pay­ment pe­riod, which Bapela said would be coun­tered by an amendment to the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Act.

He also pointed out that lo­cal gov­ern­ment seemed to be fail­ing to im­ple­ment the 30-day pay­ment pol­icy, and said the en­vis­aged amendment to the act would face prob­lems as of­fi­cials would chal­lenge it us­ing state funds.

“They [the of­fi­cials] gladly wel­come you tak­ing them to court be­cause they know they are not spend­ing their money, and you are us­ing your own money,” Bapela said.

Black Busi­ness Coun­cil in the Built En­vi­ron­ment sec­re­tary­gen­eral Greg Mo­fo­keng said lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of­fices in lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties had be­come a dump­ing ground for peo­ple who knew noth­ing about busi­ness.

Obed Bapela

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