The South African government is to appoint a chief procurement officer as one of several measures announced to tackle corruption.
In his 2012 budget speech to parliament made this week, finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said the National Treasury will appoint a CPO who will have overall responsibility for monitoring procurement across the government. “This is very good news and shows that the government is serious about eradicating corruption in the public sector” said Andre Coetzee the Managing Director of CIPS Southern Africa. He added that “Public sector procurement constitutes a large portion of total spent. Effective public sector procurement can play a significant role in creating jobs and by doing so contribute to economic growth of the country and the region as a whole”