In the interest of transparency and accountability in public procurement, Gauteng Provincial Treasury had published the second COVID-19 spending report.
This comes after more serious allegations were made by political parties who claim that the provincial government overspent their budgets.
According to the DA Shadow Health MEC, Jack Bloom, the health department spent fruitless millions in the past few months.
“I stand by the figures I gave – about R350 million spent on only 700 patients – as they were from official sources, but we need to know far more about the secret contract that was signed with the Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) which manages the NASREC facility,” explained Bloom.
The party demands that Premier David Makhura make the contract available for public scrutiny.
However, the report only shows commodities that are not related Bloom’s accusations.
In the statement, the opposition party said that the details of the contract have been kept confidential by Infrastructure MEC Tasneem Motara.
What’s in the report?
The provincial treasury report details the total expenditure on COVID-19 for the period April to August 2020.
“In addition to providing information on departments, this report also includes expenditure incurred by public entities and municipalities in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic,” said the department in a statement.
The report details the following information:
· Supplier payments.
· Suppliers name.
· Covid-19 items (goods and services) procured.
· Supplier CSD registration numbers.
In the report, departments accounted for 98.41% of the spend while the entities and municipalities account for 0.4% and 1.18% respectively.
“Of the total R2,227,508,360 spend by the Gauteng provincial department,
76.67% of the spend is for the Gauteng Department of Health as the COVID-19 procurement function was centralized in the department in April 2020 up to 30 June 2020,” the report states.
The full document with individual reports of institutions will be made available on www.gauteng.gov.za, http://e-tenders.gauteng.gov.za/Pages/Home.aspx and National Treasury website to enable the public, oversight bodies and stakeholders to view it.