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City helping to grow community-based suppliers The City of Cape Town’s community-based supplier programme, which applies to bids of less than R30 000, aims to establish less onerous requirements in the procurement process. Strong oversight over the spending of public money on goods and services will still apply. <p>The City expects this initiative to make a positive contribution to job creation. </p><p>The City has established a central supplier database (CSD) walk-in centre at its Cape Town Civic Centre offices which helps potential suppliers who are interested in registering. Vendors are welcome to visit the walk-in centre for more information. The City will also be concentrating on driving education and awareness about this initiative over the coming weeks. </p><p>A community-based project refers to bids for goods and services which are allocated in a specific ward. Subcouncil managers will identify and confirm the locality and domicile of all community-based suppliers within their jurisdiction and will invite them to submit their application to become vendors. These vendors are verified on the Master Supplier Database which is maintained by the Supply Chain Management Department. </p><p>It is foreseen that procurement of general services, such as area cleaning, general maintenance, laundry services, waste removal, and the provision of hygienic services and other general services, will be especially suitable to these emerging micro-enterprises. </p><p>Examples of such bids already include a maintenance service provider which is being used in First Avenue Park in Lotus River and a cleaning contract in parks in Nyanga.  </p><p>‘These types of service are generally labour-intensive and our supply chain management process will therefore also assist with the targeting of local labour. Mostly, qualified industry specialists will not be required for these specific tenders and the turnaround times on the awarding of these tenders will be improved. </p><p>‘In addition, the costs of materials (such as cleaning materials and black bags) and of leasing the standard equipment required for such projects (such as lawnmowers, spades, mops and brooms) are minimal and generally require no large capital outlay from the local suppliers.</p><p>‘We have been looking at how we can assist such small emerging businesses to develop and to gain experience so that they are equipped on all levels to one day tender for larger projects. So often smaller suppliers fold under the financial, legislative and management pressure. They go bust and the workers who they employ lose all support too. </p><p>‘This community-based supplier initiative is a tangible example of our new Organisational Development and Transformation Plan (ODTP), which entails removing some of the operational silos and red tape that often characterise government operations and finding ways of igniting hope by enabling opportunities and services in a more localised, area-based manner. We are able to move into this direction as we already have a strong supply chain management centre of excellence from which to work. We have the basics in place to take delivery and empowerment to the next level,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Finance, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.  </p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2017-04-01T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#294a0677-c712-422f-8843-f5de8496368a;L0|#0294a0677-c712-422f-8843-f5de8496368a|supply chain management;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#6c56860b-9966-48c7-82b3-62e86667b175;L0|#06c56860b-9966-48c7-82b3-62e86667b175|suppliers;GP0|#e2c4d983-bbfc-4d41-ae56-89aacd57eb6e;L0|#0e2c4d983-bbfc-4d41-ae56-89aacd57eb6e|walk-in centre1

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