Cyril Ramaphosa

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Ramphosa welcomes publishing of government COVID-19 tender list

Cyril Ramaphosa says a list of all companies, who have been awarded COVID-19 tenders by government, has been published.

Cyril Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the publishing of the government COVID-19 tender list, calling it “historic”. 

According to the presidency, the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) has published a full list of all companies who have been awarded contracts by government for the supply of goods and services relating to the COVID-19 pandemic on the National Treasury website. 


The list includes COVID-19 procurement information from all provinces, national departments and over 70 public entities.

The move is in line with a directive issued by President Ramaphosa on 5 August 2020 for departments to submit full information on COVID-19 tenders to the ministerial team convened by Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola.

“This measure is unprecedented, and a clear demonstration of government’s commitment to transparency and accountability when it comes to allegations of corruption in the COVID-19 procurement process,” said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa has congratulated the National Treasury, Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, national and provincial government departments and public entities for acting with urgency to collate the required information.

“The collaboration and cooperation between government departments during this process has been laudable, and a clear indication that we are going to intensify our efforts to act against any individuals or companies involved in corruption and profiteering around this pandemic,” said Ramaphosa. 

The National Treasury will regularly update the online register to ensure information remains current. 

“By publishing these lists we have honoured our promise to the South African people. They enable proper scrutiny of the details of all companies who have received tenders for COVID-19 related services,” he added.

The register of COVID-related procurement can be found here.


Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Africa and the subsequent lockdown, incidents of tender corruption have been rife. 

Ramaphosa’s own spokesperson Khusela Diko was accused of personal protective equipment (PPE) tender irregularities, along with her husband Amabhaca King, Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko and Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku and his wife Loyiso.  

Diko’s company, Royal Bhaca Projects, was allegedly awarded R125 million in tenders by the Gauteng Department of Health in March 2020. 

“Over the last week, as individuals, a couple and a family, we have found ourselves at the centre of a media and public storm over a Gauteng health department PPE supply contract that was awarded to Royal Bhaca Projects and subsequently cancelled”, Diko said in a statement.

Having Ramaphosa’s spokesperson be accused of corruption was not a good look. Many other incidents, however, continued to follow which the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has now undertaken. Whether the tender list will regain the trust of South Africans, only time will tell.