Sunday World reports that black businesses cried foul following allegations of being sidelined in the allocation of multimillion-rand contracts for purchasing equipment including ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPEs).

According to the Sunday tabloid, gov­ernment had centralised the procurement of PPEs in the of­fice of the Chief Procurement Of­ficer, Estelle Setan in a bid to save mon­ey. “Setan’s office has appointed Tshwane-based Im­perial Health Sciences (IHS) as the agent to help with the imple­mentation of the system,” the article says

Black Busi­ness Council CEO Kganki Matabane said to newspaper, they have asked government and Business for South Africa (B4SA) a list of companies that have benefit­ed from government’s procure­ment of equipment related to the fight against the coronavirus.

“It is unfortunate that we have to constantly remind people that the constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the Broad Based Black Economic Empow­erment Act are not suspended,” Matabane told Sunday World.

“We have noticed some ac­tions by those who are against economic transformation of try­ing to sideline black- and wom­en-owned suppliers. We have subsequently raised this matter with people who are responsible for procurement – government, Business for South Africa and the Solidarity Fund,” he continued.

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