Content Analysis And Ranking Of Irregularities In Public Sector Construction Procurement In South Africa

Author's Name:

Lukhele, Themba Mfanafuthi

Nelson Mandela University and University of Mpumalanga, South Africa

Botha, Brink

Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Mbanga, Sijekula

Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

In the South African government sector, public procurement is a strategic mechanism through which the government could be able to achieve the mandatory socioeconomic objectives. To this extent, the government procures goods and services from the private sector which can be estimated around eight hundred billion Rands annually. Although there are numerous policy frameworks and systems to ensure that the management of the public procurement processes are fair, equitable, transparent, and cost-effective; the public procurement management practice, particularly in the delivery of construction goods and services, remains vulnerable to mismanagement and irregularities. To this extent, the nature of the irregularities and the stages at which they occur in the public procurement system remains unclear. To address this gap of knowledge, a content analysis method and the associated techniques of in-Vivo coding and word frequency analysis were used for the analysis of the secondary data. The study revealed that poor and or non-performance were the most frequent irregularities in the procurement of public construction services. The principal theoretical implication of this study is that rigorous proficiency measures should be applied to scrutinize and evaluate the potential of the contractors in terms of capacity to deliver in accordance with the contractual agreements prior to the awarding of contracts.

Keywords: Construction; Irregularities; Procurement; Project Management; Republic of South Africa. ,