Public Service Commission calls for payment of suppliers during the Nation-Wide Lockdown

07 May 2020

The Public Service Commission (PSC) would like to encourage departments to engage with their respective suppliers to effectively resolve outstanding payments and speedily process Small Medium Micro Enterprises’ (SMME’s) invoices to minimize the negative impact of the nation-wide lockdown on business and jobs.

Business is under enormous duress now, with most facing bleak future due to the nationwide lockdown. Departments are urged to put measures in place to ensure that all suppliers, in particular, small businesses are paid for services rendered and goods delivered.

The Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) still applies and all efforts must be made to minimise the negative impact on the SMME’s by ensuring that those suppliers can also continue to operate and pay their staff and suppliers in return, and beyond the lockdown.

We wish to reiterate President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for government to ensure that suppliers are paid within 30 days. Any possible non-compliance with the PFMA must be viewed as transgression and must be treated as such. Failure to pay suppliers on time has dire consequences for the sustainability of SMME’s, impacts negatively on the government’s job creation initiatives particularly during this period when government is trying to prevent massive job losses and compromises government’s performance and service delivery.

There is a need to ensure that strategies are in place to deal with the 30-day requirement for payment of suppliers, the payment of contract workers as well as processing documents with speed for those exiting the system. Furthermore, the PSC encourages departments to put in place supportive measures for public servants that retired during the lockdown period. Ends.

Issued by the Public Service Commission

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