n Journal of Public Administration - Determining an ethical basis for public sector procurement management : the South African local sphere of government
|Article Title||Determining an ethical basis for public sector procurement management : the South African local sphere of government|
|© Publisher:||South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM)|
|Journal||Journal of Public Administration|
|Author||K. Raga and W. Albrecht|
|Publication Date||Dec 2008|
|Pages||781 - 797|
|Issue||Special issue 1|
One of the noblest functions of government is securing for its citizens their individual and collective well-being. This can be achieved through honouring and safeguarding human dignity and the constructive mediation between individual freedoms and collective action. When government succeeds, this assures the social and ecological integrity of the community. In every profession, there is both the need and call for the people within that profession to conform their behaviour to certain ethical standards. Ethics is the code of conduct these professionals have adopted in order to regulate the practice of their profession. However, ethics also reaches to a level of unstated moral principles and a sense of what is right and wrong. In contemporary South Africa, a need exists for ethical and transparent public sector procurement management in all spheres of government. Evidence of this is found in official documents, court cases and in the popular press. Prescriptions governing ethical behaviour in public sector procurement peculiar to South Africa and the basic normative criteria are, inter alia, aspects reviewed and proposed in this article to strengthen the need for the determination and implementation of an ethical basis to ensure effective and efficient public sector procurement. The initial part of this article will focus on describing and explaining the nature and meaning of public sector ethics and prescriptions governing ethical behaviour in public sector procurement management in South Africa since democracy in 1994. The second part of this article will provide a brief overview of existing general public procurement guidelines as established by the South African Revenue Service, propose basic normative criteria for effective and efficient public sector procurement on the South African local sphere of government followed by a conclusive summary.
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