Deadline for registration on government’s Central Supplier Database looms

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With the close of the 2015/16 financial year looming ever larger on the horizon, Armscor has advised suppliers they must register on National Treasury’s Central Supplier Database (CSD).

Then Finance Minister Nlhanhla Nene introduced the CSD during his national budget speech last year and it was launched by him last September in the Eastern Cape.

According to Treasury, CSD will be the source of all supplier information for all organs of State. It is envisaged the CSD will reduce the exchange of compliance documents in paper form, eliminate multiple registrations with different organs of state and “ultimately reduce the cost for both business and government by enabling electronic registration and verification processes”.

In support of National Treasury circular three of 2015/16, Armscor points out to suppliers that “accounting officers and accounting authorities may not award any bid to a supplier not registered as a prospective supplier on the CSD”.

The state’s defence and security acquisition agency said it will start migration of its current supplier database to the CSD from 29 February. By April 1, the start of the next financial year, South African government accounting officers and authorities will not be able to award any bid to a supplier that is not registered as a prospective supplier on the CSD.

Prospective suppliers can register with Armscor or self-register on the CSD at the website www.csd.gov.za.

Apart from its current major acquisition project of a VIP aircraft for the SA Air Force (SAAF), Armscor is evaluating tender documentation for seven new platforms – three each of inshore and offshore patrol vessels and a specialist hydrographic vessel to replace SAS Protea – for the SA Navy.

An indication of the variety of suppliers Armscor uses can be seen in its current tender announcements. The agency is seeking an upgrade on the SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) Mannlicher SSG-69 sniper rifles as well as more mundane items such as a slant bed computer numerically controlled lathe and a vertical rotor balancing machine for use in the Simon’s Town dockyard. It also wants to buy an unnamed number of laptop computers and multi-function printers.