‘Piggyback’ clause unfair to local businesses


There is this loophole in the finance regulations that  guides government departments. In case of an emergency — an unforeseen disaster for instance — the clause allows for an organ of state to procure goods or services from a contractor that has an agreement with another government department, provided that the proper competitive tender system was followed.  It then allows for a municipality, provincial or national government department to deviate from the supply chain processes.

It is perfectly legal, but open to abuse...

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