The gCommerce programme is a Government wide initiative aimed at modernising and automating procurement function within the public sector. The gCommerce platform is an end-to-end, fully integrated procure-to-pay solution configured for public procurement. In November 2014, Cabinet approved the proposed reforms aimed at establishing Supply Chain Management (SCM) as a strategic function of Government. The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) was intrusted to accelerate the SCM reforms which included simplifying, standardising and automating procurement activities across all spheres of Government.
The current reforms are capitalising on the smart use of technology. A number of technological SCM interventions have been phased in since 2015, which includes the Central Supplier Database (CSD), eTenders Portal and gCommerce.
The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) is responsible for modernising the public-sector procurement system to ensure that the procurement of goods and services is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost effective in line with the Constitution and all relevant legislation.
A review of Supply Chain Management (SCM) technology in the public service confirmed that fragmented systems undermine the effectiveness and efficiency of procurement function. It was also noted that amongst the estimated 56 different technologies employed at NATIONAL, PROVINCIAL and LOCAL GOVERNMENT, very few examples of SCM Information and Communication Technology (ICT) modernisation could be identified.
Similarly, the compliance burden of the procurement transaction on service providers prohibits Government from achieving its service delivery and development targets. The gCommerce platform will make it easy for Government buyers to purchase centrally negotiated contracts and will make it easier for departments, SITA and National Treasury to track transactions, buying patterns, prices and the ability to enhance future contracts.