Title: The perceived impact of public sector procurement reforms on development agenda in the KwaZulu-Natal province

Authors: Sandile Gabela; Obianuju E. Okeke-Uzodike

Addresses: Nosindilee Community Development, P.O. Box 91, Donnybrook, 3237, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa ' Department of Applied Management, Faculty of Management Sciences, Durban University of Technology, Riverside, Midlands Campus, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa

Abstract: Public sector reforms are integral part of government efforts towards achieving citizen centric and responsive good governance. Reforms in the public procurement are considered essential elements for strengthening and achieving performance within the public sector. In developing countries, procurement reforms are aimed at driving various socio-economic developmental challenges. Within the South African purview, reforms in the public sector serve as a means of social development and transformation but government continues to strive to achieve these objectives. This is because the South African public sector has been manned by various supply chain management challenges deemed detrimental to the efficient and effective delivery of government mandates. The researchers used a two-phase Delphi technique approach in collecting qualitative data and the findings demonstrate an alignment with the objectives of procurement reforms but with meagre success story and recommended a shared vision for achieving developmental objectives.

Keywords: development; public procurement; reforms; transformation; South Africa.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2020.10024921

International Journal of Procurement Management, 2020 Vol.13 No.5, pp.635 - 652

Received: 23 Apr 2019
Accepted: 09 Jun 2019

Published online: 05 Oct 2020 *

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