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Suppliers paid within 30 days in Mpumalanga and Western Cape government


A report revealed that more than 400,000 (401,691) invoices with a total value of R33,7 billion were
paid after 30 days by the national and provincial departments. In addition of 67,862 invoices older
than 30 days within a value of R6,1 billion had been paid by the end of March 2022. There was an
encouraging 63% improvement in the number of invoices older than 30 days and not paid (134
invoices at a total of R5 million) at the end of the 2021/22 financial year. There is a noticeable trend
that the number of invoices paid after 30 days by the provincial departments is always highest
towards the end of the financial year (March) and the beginning of a new financial year (April and
May).
According to information, government departments and provinces are required to send regular
reports to National Treasury outlining how many suppliers have been paid within 30 days and
explaining the reasons for the delay in payments. It is said that Advocate Dinkie Dube, director –
general of the Public Service Commission, said “disregard for the submission of exception reports to
National Treasury remained a challenge. The departments of basic education, employment, labour
and international relations and cooperation failed to submit timeous monthly reports for the entire
last quarter of 2021”. The department of transport and the Government Communications and
information system are said to have not submitted monthly reports for January and February 2022.
Also the, National Treasury has noted that the late and non-payments of supplier invoices has a
negative impact in small and medium enterprises. To ensure that suppliers operations continue
without strain and financial difficulties, government institutions are urged to pay their suppliers on
time and not contribute to the dire effects of the pandemic that has already put a strain on the
financial sustainability of SMMEs.

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