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Preferential Procurement Policy Bill in the Pipeline

April 20, 2022

Parliament

Proposed legislation designed to remove the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) consideration from the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework is on the cards.

The Draft Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Amendment Bill’s explanatory summary was published in Government Gazette 46242 for comment.

The draft bill is the brainchild of Dean Macpherson, a Democratic Alliance member of parliament.

The proposed legislation will also aim to give priority to a tenderer’s competency as opposed to the emphasis on BBBEE status.

According to the explanatory summary, “preference should be given under certain circumstances, to a company which makes the most positive socio-economic impact as measured by a variety of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)”.

The draft bill also seeks to repeal the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.