Monitoring Public Procurement in South Africa: A Reference Guide for Civil Society Organizations

by Carlene van der Westhuizen | December 2015

In South Africa, as in most other countries, government departments need to follow specific, legally defined procedures when buying goods and services from the private sector. The procurement process is designed to be fair and ensure that the best value is achieved with public money.

When public procurement is not working as it should, service delivery is compromised – resulting in goods and services that are of poor quality, delivered late, or not delivered at all. In this way public procurement has a direct impact on the lives of people throughout South Africa. It is therefore critically important that the public understand and monitor the process.

This Guide presents civil society organizations and other interested readers with information and tools to help monitor public procurement. The assumption is that robust oversight over public procurement in South Africa will ultimately improve service delivery, reduce corruption, and strengthen public participation.



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Carlene van der Westhuizen

Head Research, IBP South Africa, International Budget Parnership

Carlene van der Westhuizen joined the International Budget Partnership in May 2016 after working as a consultant for IBP since October 2014. Based in the Cape Town office, she works as the head of research for IBP’s Catalyst Program in South Africa.  From 2005 to 2013 she worked as a Senior Researcher at the Development Policy Research Unit, based at the University of Cape Town. She also previously worked as a Researcher at IDASA’s Budget Information Service and the Western Cape Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Wesgro). She holds an MA in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch.

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