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Gauteng's Open Tender innovation includes public scrutiny over the opening of the tender boxes and imprinting of all documents, appointing external, independent probity auditors to scrutinize every phase of the tender evaluation process to ensure total compliance with laws and regulations, and most important of all the public adjudication of the decision on the recommended service provider where bidders, the media and interested members of the public can watch the proceedings. Transparent tender procurement processes are more likely to be free from corruption and achieve their intended development objectives than processes where the information is not readily available. It also promotes small businesses in line with government’s commitment to economic transformation and inclusion.
The Gauteng Open Tender system enables the public to scrutinize the entire tender process. Using the information on the system, citizen based monitoring efforts can be focused on ensuring Gauteng's provincial departments maintain continuity of services when key contracts are coming to an end and a new round of contracting is occurring. By examining the information in conjunction with Annual Performance Plans, it can be determined if a provincial department is poising itself to achieve planned performance by obtaining the correct goods and services on time.