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‘GP govt prioritising corruption-free tender system’

Premier David Makhura says his government is working hard to improve transparency and accountability.

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says one of his government's key priorities is ensuring the existence of a corruption-free tender system.

Makhura is hosting an annual conference for senior provincial managers and department heads to explore ways of improving service delivery.

Academics and experts are addressing hundreds of managers, sharing ideas and offering suggestions.

The premier says the Gauteng provincial government is working hard to improve transparency and accountability.

"How do we deal with the problems of lack of integrity and corruption? How we do we enhance integrity and how do we enhance ethical decision making? How do we enhance leadership?"

Makhura says Gauteng's open tender system is proving to be a success and efforts to improve transparency and remove stigmas surrounding the tender process are paying off.

In 2014, Gauteng Finance MEC Barbra Creecy announced that members of the public would be able to witness the process behind the awarding of tenders at the launch of the Cedar Road upgrade project, which served as a pilot for the open tender system.

Creecy said the public would also be able to view the outcomes of each stage of the tender process via the provincial Treasury website.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address today's conference later this evening.