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Invitation to the Commission for Gender Equality Gender Transformation Public Investigative Hearing: Procurement Practices in the Public Sector

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To: Members of the Media

Invitation to the Commission for Gender Equality Gender Transformation Public  Investigative Hearing: Procurement Practices in the Public Sector

Date:  14 – 15 November 2018

Venue: Parktonian Hotel, De Korte, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Time:  09h00 – 15h30
RSVP: Javu Baloyi. or 083 579 3306


The CGE called hearings on 14 – 15 November 2018 in terms of Section 11 and 12 of the Commission for Gender Equality Act 39 of 1996, as amended, to assess and establish the extent to which Government Departments have progressed in promoting gender equality on procurement of goods and services through their policies and practices.  The successes and challenges experienced by the public sector and ultimately the measures put in place by the public sector to comply with the array of legislative prescripts to promote gender transformation specifically on the procurement of goods and services will be the focus of the hearing.

The CGE seeks to ensure accountability by issuing a report with specific recommendations on the extent to which black women owned enterprises access economic activities, infrastructure and skills training.  This includes the enhancement for the recognition of Black women, Black people with disabilities, Black youth, and Black people living in rural areas as stipulated in paragraph 9 of the Codes of Good Practice of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowernment (BBBEE) Act.  The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) provides that the preferential procurement policy may be implemented to achieve specific goals to contract with persons historically disadvantaged by unfair discrimination based on race, gender or disability.

Key amongst the purpose of the Gender Transformation Public Investigative Hearing on Procurement Practices is to:

  • Assess compliance with National Treasury guidelines within the public sector;
  • Assess the impact of Procurement processes and policies on women in the public sector;
  • Address institutional and systematic barriers to women’s economic progress;
  • Raise awareness of relevant international commitments and the importance of compliance;
  • Assess what measures have been put in place in the workplace to bring about transformation in terms of gender and procurement; 
  • In-depth consultation on policy gaps; and
  • Monitoring the implementation of CGE’s recommendations by each entity.
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Public Sector entities to appear before the Commission for Gender Equality are as follows:

      14. November 2018

  • Department of Health (DoH)
  • Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRD & LR)
  1. November 2018
  • Department of Social Development (DSD)
  • Department of Basic Education (DBE)


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