City var­sity to host pro­cure­ment day

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THE SOL Plaatje Univer­sity will to­day host its first Open Pro­cure­ment Day, where lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties who wish to be part of the univer­sity’s data­base will get in­for­ma­tion on how to get on board.

The univer­sity said it wants to show­case to lo­cal busi­ness own­ers how they can play a role in the eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment and de­vel­op­ment of the city.

The univer­sity’s direc­tor of spe­cial projects, Patrick Fitzger­ald, said the open day will fea­ture a num­ber of stake­hold­ers who will ed­u­cate lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties on how to se­cure a list­ing on the data­base.

“The univer­sity has been op­er­at­ing for the past five years and there is still a lot of work and op­por­tu­ni­ties com­ing for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. The highly-vis­i­ble con­struc­tion pro­ject is not the only source of op­por­tu­nity to sup­ply the univer­sity, as there are other pro­cure­ments that oc­cur more fre­quently than the three-year cy­cle of the large capex (cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture) projects. As the Univer­sity’s core busi­ness is ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion and not build­ing con­struc­tion, the reg­u­lar pur­chase of var­i­ous goods and ser­vices are an es­sen­tial part of our op­er­a­tional ex­pen­di­ture, cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for longer-term re­la­tion­ships with ap­pro­pri­ate sup­pli­ers,” said Fitzger­ald.

“We have had many com­plaints from lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties about the pro­cure­ment process. We have re­alised that many lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties take short cuts or even pro­vide in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion which re­sults in the univer­sity not be­ing able to do busi­ness with them. We will in­form all busi­ness own­ers, whether it be some­one who sells wa­ter or toi­let pa­per on how to reg­is­ter cor­rectly on our data­base.”

Fitzger­ald said that they will have in­for­ma­tions ses­sions, in­clud­ing var­i­ous stalls, where peo­ple can gather in­for­ma­tion on the process.

“At­ten­dees will be able to gather the needed in­for­ma­tion from the stalls which ap­ply to them. We will have var­i­ous stake­hold­ers, like the De­part­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Pub­lic Works and the North­ern Cape Cham­ber of Com­merce and in­dus­try (Nocci) who will also in­form at­ten­dees on how to get on the data­base. There are peo­ple who be­lieve we have been sit­ting on in­for­ma­tion on how they can get in­volved. That in­for­ma­tion will be clearly cir­cu­lated and ad­dressed on the day.”

Fitzger­ald added that at­ten­dees will also be af­forded an op­por­tu­nity to en­gage the univer­sity on all un­clear mat­ters.

“The two pro­cure­ment poli­cies, one for goods and ser­vices and one for in­fra­struc­ture, as well as the ten­der­ing process of each, as de­ter­mined by na­tional re­quire­ments and the South African Na­tional Trea­sury, will be ex­plained to ev­ery­one. We will also ex­plain to those who might have not qual­i­fied to make it onto the data­base on ar­eas where they need to im­prove.

“It is in the in­ter­est of the univer­sity to use lo­cal busi­nesses in or­der to grow the lo­cal econ­omy.”

Reg­is­tra­tion for the open day starts at 8am and will be hosted at the award-win­ning Li­brary Build­ing.

Direc­tor of spe­cial projects, Pro­fes­sor Patrick Fitzger­ald

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