Officials from Mpumalanga Treasury and Free State Provincial Treasury held a two day meeting in Bloemfontein, from 04-05 September 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to learn from each other’s experiences and best practices to expedite the implementation of the procurement
reforms in the public sector.
Mpumalanga province is preparing to implement transversal term contracts as part of its procurement reforms. It was very necessary for the province (Mpumalanga) to come to Free State Treasury, as it (Free State) was one of the provinces that started implementing transversal contracts a few years ago.
Mpumalanga delegation to Free State was led by Hon. Sikhumbuzo Kholwane, MEC Finance, Economic Development and Tourism and Head of Department, Ms Bede Nkamba. MEC Sikhumbuzo Kholwane said “We have noted that Free State Province has walked this path before us. We are here to learn how you (Free State Treasury) done it, which items did you start with, the challenges that you went through and importantly to exchange ideas on how best to respond to the dynamics of implementing of the current transversal term contracts in the country.
Both Members of Executive Council Finance in Free State and Mpumalanga agreed that the transversal term contract must respond to the socio-economic development agenda in the respective provinces. Hon. Elzabe Rockman, MEC for Finance said “We share the same sentiments that transversal term contracts must respond to the provinces’ dynamics and the decision on the localisation of procurement opportunities.