Draft South African Public Procurement Bill published for comment

The long-awaited South African draft Public Procurement Bill was published for public comment on 19 February 2020. One of the main aims of the draft statute is “to create a single regulatory framework for public procurement and eliminate fragmentation in laws which deal with procurement in the public sector”.  The draft Bill proposes a range of reforms to the South African procurement system, including

  • the creation of a Public Procurement Regulator,
  • repealing the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and with it the entire current approach to preferential procurement, replacing it with a new, broad preferential procurement framework to be determined by the Minister of Finance by way of regulation,
  • introducing a new remedies regime that includes reconsideration at entity level, provincial level and national level, with a standstill period, and a new Public Procurement Tribunal, which will have to be approached for review of procurement decisions prior to instituting judicial review applications
  • explicitly regulating infrastructure procurement and PPPs, and
  • replacing the current local government procurement rules (the Bill proposes repealing the entire chapter 11 of the MFMA).

Comments are open until 30 June 2020.

Details on the draft Bill can be found on the website of National Treasury.

Fourth International Conference on Public Procurement Law Africa 2021




The African Procurement Law Unit (APLU), Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch University, is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the fourth International Conference on Public Procurement Law Africa. The Conference will be held on 11 to 12 August 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Conference Theme

The Conference theme is Public Procurement and the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: A Decade of OpportunityThe theme will address a range of critically important legal and policy issues relating to sustainable development and sustainable public procurement in Africa, in the ten year deadline to achieving the SDGs by 2030. The conference will examine the role of public procurement to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals; using public procurement to address the climate emergency in Africa, the integration between procurement and human rights issues such as modern slavery, as well as issues that present an obstacle to sustainable development such as corruption, weak institutional capacity and poor governance in the procurement context – all from a regulatory perspective. The conference will also consider the role that innovation and technology such as blockchain and AI can play in sustainable public procurement and regulatory issues pertaining to such innovation. Plenary speakers include some of the leading thinkers in public procurement in Africa and internationally, and the conference will feature numerous papers, and workshops presentations. We are inviting abstracts for paper presentations addressing the broad conference theme in any of these particular areas:

1 Using public procurement to address the climate emergency
2 Public procurement and human rights
3 Sustainable development and public procurement in Africa
4 Corruption, fraud and public procurement in Africa
5 Sustainable public procurement in Africa
6 Technology and sustainable public procurement
7  Innovation and public procurement in Africa
8 Health procurement and sustainable development
9 Emergency procurement and pandemics

Note that abstract ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas but which are within the broad conference focus will also be considered.

Submit a Conference Abstract

Abstracts for the conference should be emailed to aplu@sun.ac.za and should be no more than 300 words. The deadline for submission is 30th April 2021. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by 30th May 2021. Full conference papers (of no more than 10,000 words, including footnotes) and presentation slides (no more than 12 slides) should be submitted by 1st August 2021, for distribution to delegates. Please note that late abstract submissions will not be considered.

The best papers will either be published in an edited book collection (to be confirmed), or in the African Public Procurement Law Journal.

Important dates

Event Date
Abstract submission opens 10th December 2019
Abstract submission deadline 30th April 2021
Acceptance Notification 30th May 2021
Full paper submission deadline   1st August 2021

Conference Details

To learn more about the conference, including speakers, session formats, venue, registration please visit www.africanprocurementlaw.org.

Inquiries should be directed to the organizers at aplu@sun.ac.za

Please note that the conference is an academic conference and we are unable to fund speaker’s participation.

 Prof Geo Quinot & Prof Sope Williams-Elegbe

Conference directors


APLU completes four-year training programme for the Office of the Public Protector

Participants of the Public Protector's Mpumalanga office.

Participants of the Public Protector’s Mpumalanga office.

APLU completed its four-year collaboration in 2019 with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Office of the Public Protector of South Africa in training investigators of the Public Protector’s office in public procurement law. From 15 to 19 July 2019, Prof Geo Quinot and Prof Sope Williams-Elegbe travelled to Mbombela to conduct an intensive one-week training programme with investigators in the Public Protector’s Mpumalanga office. This was followed by the final session of the programme from 4 to 8 November in Polokwane where training was offered to the Limpopo offices. These were the 8th and 9th provincial offices to be targeted in this programme, which started in 2016 when the original programme was piloted at the Public Protector’s head office in Pretoria. The conclusion of this four-year project resulted in all investigators of the Public Protector’s Office having received intensive training in public procurement law.

Participants from the Public Protector's Limpopo offices

Participants from the Public Protector’s Limpopo offices

APLU well-represented at Global Revolutions IX

APLU collaborated again with the PPRG of the University of Nottingham to support the leading international conference on public procurement law, Public Procurement: Global Revolutions IX, hosted by the PPRG in Nottingham. The 2019 conference – the 9th in the series – took place from June 17-18 2019 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham, UK.

Various APLU researchers presented papers and chaired workshops at the two-day conference. These included:

  • Dr Allison Anthony “The promotion of human rights through public procurement in South African law”
  • Dr George Nwangwu “A Comparative Analysis of the Use of Unsolicited Proposal for the Delivery of PPP Projects in Africa”
  •  Prof Geo Quinot “Conceptualising sustainable public procurement in the Global South – distinct from the North?”
  • Prof Dominic Dagbanja “Developments in sustainable public procurement policy and law in Ghana and Australia”
  • Prof Sope Williams-Elegbe “Procurement, corruption and blockchain technology”

as well as former APLU LLM student, Songezo Mabece, who was awarded one of three bursaries to participate in the conference and presented a paper on “Building Institutional Relationships in the Development and Regulation of Public Procurement in South Africa”

APLU fellows at GRIX 2019

At the conference the new book publication Public Procurement and Aid Effectiveness: A Roadmap under Construction, co-edited by APLU research fellow, Prof Annamaria la Chimia and published by Hart Publishing was also launched with a panel discussion on what the future holds for procurement and aid effectiveness on which both Prof La Chimia and Prof Williams-Elegbe of APLU participated.


Procurement Day 2019: Focusing on PPPs

APLU’s annual Procurement Day took place on 7 May 2019 and was well-attended by a mix of researchers, practitioners and officials, interested in public procurement.


The speakers were:

  • Prof Cao Fuguo
    • Professor of Law, Central University of Finance and Economics School of Law in Beijing, China, Director of the China Institute for Public Procurement Studies
  • Dr George Nwangwu
    • Associate Director and Head of Legal and Project Finance for Africa PPP Advisory Services Limited, Nigeria and author of Public Private Partnerships in Nigeria
  • Dr Allison Anthony
    • Senior lecturer, UNISA College of Law, Deputy Director: APLU
  • Prof Geo Quinot
    • Professor of Law, Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law, Director: APLU

with APLU’s Prof Sope Williams-Elegbe moderating the discussion.

Speakers at the 2019 APLU Procurement Day (from left): Prof Geo Quinot, Prof Cao Fuguo, Dr Allison Anthony, Prof Sope Williams-Elegbe and Dr George Ngwangwu

Speakers at the 2019 APLU Procurement Day (from left): Prof Geo Quinot, Prof Cao Fuguo, Dr Allison Anthony, Prof Sope Williams-Elegbe and Dr George Ngwangwu

The focus of the seminar was the legal regulation of public-private partnerships (PPPs). The speakers discussed a range of issues relating to the regulationof PPPs from both a South African and international perspectives. Prof Fuguo and Dr Nwangwu shared experiences from China and Nigeria in the regulation of PPPs respectively, while Dr Anthony looked at the regulation of PPPs in the context of infrastructure development in South Africa and Prof Quinot discussed the regulation of unsolicited bids as a commonly-used mechanism in PPP procurement, including in South Africa.




Procurement Day 2019

Please join us on

7 May 2019 from 10:00 – 14:00

for our annual APLU Procurement Day at the Stellenbosch Law Faculty

The theme of this year’s seminar is

the legal regulation of public-private partnerships.

The speakers are

Prof Cao Fuguo

Professor of Law, Central University of Finance and Economics School of Law in Beijing, China, Director of the China Institute for Public Procurement Studies

Dr George Nwangwu

Associate Director and Head of Legal and Project Finance for Africa PPP Advisory Services Limited, Nigeria and author of       Public Private Partnerships in Nigeria

Dr Allison Anthony

Senior lecturer, UNISA College of Law, Deputy Director: APLU

Prof Geo Quinot

Professor of Law, Stellenbosch University Faculty of Law, Director: APLU

moderated by

Prof Sope Williams-Elegbe

Professor and Head of Department, Mercantile Law, Stellenbosch University, Deputy Director: APLU

Attendance is free and open to anyone interested in public procurement law, but seats are limited and it is thus essential to book a seat by sending an email to aplu@sun.ac.za .

Directions to the venue.

Download the invitation.



Final procurement law training for Public Protector staff for 2018

APLU in collaboration with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Office of the Public Protector of South Africa, concluded the 2018 series of public procurement law training for investigators of the Public Protector’s office from 26 to 30 November 2018 in Mahikeng. All investigators of the various North West offices of the Public Protector gathered in Mahikeng for a week-long training programme.


This was the third week-long course offered to Public Protector investigators in 2018, the previous having being held in East London (all Eastern Cape offices) and Bloemfontein (Free State and all Northern Cape offices) respectively. A total of seven provinces in addition to the Head Office have now benefited from this training programme that started in 2016 and is expected to be concluded in 2019, when all investigators would have received in-depth training on public procurement law.

Webinar: The pursuit of sustainable development objectives through public food procurement

You are cordially invited to the following seminar/ webinar

“The pursuit of sustainable development objectives through public food procurement: literature and practice’’

Thursday, November 29th, 2018 | 15:00 – 16:30 (Rome time)

FAO, Austria Room (C 250)

To participate in the webinar online, please follow the link: http://fao.adobeconnect.com/rgl2lahp23t1/

Presented by

Prof. Geo Quinot, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Luana Swensson, FAO (FAO/ESN)

With intervention of Luisa Cruz (FAO/LEGN)

FAO logo

Jointly organized by the Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN) and the Development Law Branch of the Legal Office (LEGN) of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

Inclusive public food procurement initiatives – such as home-grown school feeding programmes – are relevant policy instruments to pursue sustainable development objectives, including the support of smallholder farmers and their integration into formal markets.

They are based on the premise that public institutions, when using their procurement power to award contracts, can go beyond the immediate scope of simply responding to the state’s procurement needs by addressing additional social, environment or economic policy goals. Their implementation, however, requires a conducive and aligned public procurement policy and legal frameworks.

In this seminar we will discuss the promotion of sustainable development objectives through public procurement under two perspectives: the literature and the practice. We will present how the topic has been addressed by the prominent legal literature as well as its practical implementation through FAO’s work in supporting governments in developing a conducive policy and legal environment for the implementation of government-led School Food and Nutrition initiatives. The seminar will be also an opportunity to present the upcoming publication on “Aligning policy and legal frameworks for supporting smallholder farming through public food procurement: the case of home-grown school feeding programmes”, jointly published by FAO and UNDP (IPC-IG) as well as the forthcoming FAO Legal Guide on School Food and Nutrition.

Biography of the presenters

Geo Quinot, LLD is the director of the African Procurement Law Unit and a professor in the Department of Public Law at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.   His work focuses on administrative law and public procurement regulation. He has published widely in these fields, including the book, edited with Sue Arrowsmith, Public Procurement Regulation in Africa (2013) published by Cambridge University Press. Quinot often advises suppliers and organs of state on administrative law and procurement law questions.

Luana Swensson, PhD serves as an international consultant in the Nutrition and Food Systems Division (ESN) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Her work focuses on multidisciplinary policy-oriented research and technical support for the design and implementation of FAO projects on the areas of public procurement and school food and nutrition.  She holds a Master degree in International Business Law; a Ph.D in Economics and Business Law (Comparative Law) from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and a multidisciplinary post-doctoral degree from European University Institute.

Luisa Cruz, M.A. is a lawyer with an expertise in international and development law. She serves as a legal consultant in the Development Law Branch (LEGN) of the Legal Office in FAO. Her work involves providing legal advice to Member countries on food security and nutrition, social protection, and agriculture. She is the main author of the forthcoming FAO’s Legal Guide on School Food and Nutrition which aims to provide national law-and policy- makers with guidance and examples of state practice for developing or strengthening national legal frameworks on school food and nutrition (SFN).

Williams-Elegbe contributes to developing training in anti-corruption

On 8-9 November 2018, APLU Deputy Director, Prof Sope Williams-Elegbe, joined 14 other experts from around the world in Vienna, Austria, to develop university level modules on anti-corruption for the United Nations’ Education for Justice Initiative (E4J) under the banner of the UNODC.

The meeting brought together 15 academics from different disciplines and regions with expertise on various aspects of anti-corruption.

The aim of the meeting was to discuss the development of the E4J University Modules on Anti-Corruption and to provide the module developers with an understanding of the E4J initiative, the work of UNODC’s Corruption and Economic Crime Branch (CEB) and the objectives for the modules.

The participants discussed with UNODC experts various aspects of the modules, including content issues, relevant international norms, standards and tools as well as cross-cutting issues and potential linkages between the modules and the work of the CEB.

The multidisciplinary insights shared at this meeting are expected to contribute to the development of a series of 14 modules designed to support lecturers in delivering anti-corruption education in diverse disciplinary and regional settings.

EGM Vienna Group Photo