The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) has called on a health department to procure locally.
The union made the call following allegations the Gauteng province Department of Health in South Africa imported clothing and textile products in contravention of government procurement regulations, which stipulate that such products, if bought by public bodies, must be manufactured locally.
Andre Kriel, SACTWU general secretary, said: “In order to ensure that the Gauteng Department of Health procures these goods locally and in order to ensure that no supplier hoodwinks the department into importing more of these goods, SACTWU calls on the provincial authority to invite the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to participate in the bid adjudication process.
“We believe the DTI has the requisite knowledge of the industry to guide adjudication in the correct manner, and to ensure that the job creation, industrialisation, social and health multipliers of this tender are maximised.
“This tender should and can do much to support the local textile and clothing manufacturing industry, and workers within the industry, if the department adheres to the regulations and ensures that all of these products are locally made.”
Gauteng province Department of Health did not respond to SM’s request for comment.