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OUTSTANDING PAYMENTS TO THE TRADE: GOVERNMENT INTERVENES

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OUTSTANDING PAYMENTS TO THE TRADE: GOVERNMENT INTERVENES
The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) gave an update to the department’s Parliamentary Committee on the progress government has made on the payment of outstanding invoices to service providers. The DPME update to the Committee included:

  • In the last 15 months, ± R280m in outstanding invoices has been paid to service providers
  • To date, a total of 190 cases have been lodged through the unit of which 68 are settled
  • 38 cases are still under investigation, whereas 54 payments are under litigation/dispute
  • Out of 40 departments, 12 have maintained a clean record of paying all invoices on time
  • Another 12 departments have demonstrated an improvement in paying invoices
  • Out of 40 departments, 19 departments did not have unpaid invoices
  • The number of unpaid invoices older than 30 days were:
    • 7 960 in October 2016 (translating to R96m)
    • 1 295 in November 2016 (R59m)
    • 11 680 in December 2016 (R33m)

Unsettled invoices can have a negative impact on small businesses, particularly in the travel and tourism industry. We welcome efforts made by government in settling invoices older than 30 days and we will make periodical follow-ups with members to find out if it’s working.

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