Database makes suppliers’ lives easier

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

East London - The newly launched Central Supplier Database (CSD) will improve the lives of suppliers who conduct business with government, says supplier Aaron Mgqueto.

“It will improve my business in that it will save me time, we won’t have to take forms to Bisho where we have to move from office to office. Now you just sit down and do it in a professional way and know that you are registered,” Mgqueto told SAnews.

This follows the launch of the database by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Tuesday.

Speaking at the launch of the CSD at the Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in East London, in the Eastern Cape, Minister Nene said the database serves as the source of all supplier information for all spheres of government.

The purpose of centralising government’s supplier database is to reduce duplication of effort and cost for both the supplier and government, while enabling the electronic procurement process.

Tuesday marked the first day whereby suppliers can register themselves on the CSD website

Chief Director: Supply Chain Management ICT in the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer at National Treasury, Schalk Human, said the CSD is an intervention to reduce the administration burden on business.

Mgqueto, who has been in the security business since 1998, said the system will improve the way in which suppliers do business with government.

A challenge that Mgqueto faced when dealing with government related to tenders.

“Sometimes government goes with tenders and on those tenders they don’t come back to us to inform us who has won the tender. Yes I was not in the tender business, I was in the private sector for a while. I just joined them last year and I found it to be a challenge,” he explained.

Among the benefits of being registered on the database is that suppliers will only be required to register once when they do business with government and they will not be required to submit physical tax clearance and business registration certificates to organs of state.

Mgqueto -- who was assisted by Minister Nene to register on the CSD -- currently conducts his business in the Eastern Cape. He is hopeful that he will extend his business to Gauteng, among other provinces.

“It was exciting to be helped [in registering on the CSD] by the Minister,” he said.

Human said that as of today, suppliers can register online and it will be compulsory for government departments and state-owned enterprises to use the CSD as from 1 April 2016 and for municipalities 1 July 2016.

“The benefit for business will be that it will reduce admin significantly and it will make it easy for them to engage government,” said Human.

When coming to suppliers who are in rural areas and don’t have access to computers, Human said suppliers will be assisted.

“We foresee support to rural suppliers happening in three ways first in district offices, Thusong Service Centres, Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) offices and the Post Office. They will have the functionality to assist the suppliers to register,” said Human. -

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