13 January 2014 | Will Green
The African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa has made a manifesto commitment to ensure at least 75 per cent of government procurement takes place with local suppliers.
The pledge is part of the party’s job creation programme, which aims to create six million jobs over the next five years.
President Jacob Zuma, who launched the 2014 election manifesto on Saturday, also outlined measures to tackle corruption, including a ban on public officials and representatives bidding for public contracts and the creation of a central tender board.
He said: “Among our job creation programmes is the promotion of local manufacturing and procurement.
“The state must buy at least 75 per cent of its goods and services from South African producers. The state’s buying power will support small enterprises, cooperatives and broad-based black economic empowerment.”
The manifesto includes a commitment to cut unemployment from 25 per cent to 14 per cent by 2020 and 6 per cent by 2030, and it also prioritises education, health, rural development and anti-corruption.
Zuma said: “We have stated that we will intensify the fight against corruption and that public servants and public representatives will be prohibited from doing business with the state.
“To further prevent corruption, tender processes will be centralised under a central tender board.
“We will thus pursue action against companies involved in bid-rigging, price fixing and corruption in past and current infrastructure build programmes.
“We will do this using the competition authorities, through taking up civil claims, and calling on the National Prosecuting Authority to investigate criminally-liable behaviour.”