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 Enterprisesâ€™ (SMMEâ€™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 SMMEâ€™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 Ramaphosaâ€™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 SMMEâ€™s, impacts negatively
on the governmentâ€™s job creation initiatives particularly during this period when government is trying to prevent
massive job losses and compromises governmentâ€™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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(012) 352 1197; Cell: 082 782 1730; Email: Humphreyr@opsc.gov.za or
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