Utilisation of digital central supplier database in enabling electronic procurement in the Limpopo provincial departments

Africa's Public Service Delivery and Performance Review

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Title Utilisation of digital central supplier database in enabling electronic procurement in the Limpopo provincial departments
Creator Mpehle, Zwelibanzi Mudogwa, Robert M.
Subject — e-procurement; central supplier database; supply chain management; cost-effectiveness; economic development.
Description Background: The establishment of a digital central supplier database (CSD) in the Limpopo provincial departments was envisaged not only to eliminate the duplication of service provider compliance requirements during procurement processes and payment processing but also to level the playing field amongst service providers so that small and upcoming businesses can have equal competitive bidding opportunities like any other business. This therefore meant that the CSD was to ensure that all registered suppliers have an equal and fair prospect of providing goods and services to government, and that acquiring of goods and services is done in a cost-effective manner. However, the Limpopo provincial departments are persistently underspending their allocated budgets at the end of each financial year.Aim: The aim of this study was to assess whether CSD as an electronic procurement (e-procurement) system adopted by the provincial departments in Limpopo is efficient and cost-effective in enhancing the provisioning of goods and services.Setting: The study focused on the Limpopo provincial departments, South Africa.Methods: The study used a qualitative research approach to assess the use of CSD in enabling e-procurement processes. Purposive sampling was employed to sample 14 participants from 12 provincial departments.Results: The outcome revealed that the technological innovation of centralising the suppliers’ records on the CSD increased transparency and accountability in the process of selecting suppliers who qualify to do business with government, and the system has the potential, if rightly used, to eliminate corrupt activities such as favouritism and collusion.Conclusion: The article concludes that the successful implementation of CSD by provincial departments and public entities may, amongst other things, improve supply chain management performance, particularly in the selection of suppliers, and may also promote economic development of small, medium and micro-enterprises.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2020-09-07
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/apsdpr.v8i1.356
Source Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review; Vol 8, No 1 (2020); 10 pages 2310-2152 2310-2195
Language eng
Relation https://apsdpr.org/index.php/apsdpr/article/view/356/581 https://apsdpr.org/index.php/apsdpr/article/view/356/580 https://apsdpr.org/index.php/apsdpr/article/view/356/582 https://apsdpr.org/index.php/apsdpr/article/view/356/579
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