Mr. Harry Nxumalo
Eswatini Public Procurement Regulatory Agency (ESPPRA or “the Agency”), was officially established on the 27th May 2013, following the coming into force of the Public Procurement Act No. 7 of 2011 (the Act). It is listed as a Category A public enterprise, administratively, reporting to the Ministry of Finance.
The Procurement Act No. 7 of 2011 established the Eswatini Public Procurement Regulatory Agency (ESPPRA) as an independent regulatory body, empowering ESPPRA or the “Agency” with responsibility of policy formulation, regulation, oversight, capacity building and professional development, information management and dissemination in the field of public procurement in the Kingdom of Eswatini.
Mr. Harry Nxumalo
Mr. Sydney Jele
Mr. Jabulani Z. Hlatshwako
Ministry of Finance Representative
Ms. Thabsile Mlangeni
Mr. Albet Mhlanga
Board Executive Director
Delivering the Best Public Procurement System to Accelerate Economic Growth in Eswatini
We promote Maximum Competition and Inclusive Participation in pursuit of Value for Money through Best Practice and Innovative Solutions Driven by High Performance Culture.
We are consistently fair and are guided by ethical standards in all our conduct.
We surpass timelines, deliver below budget, continuously improve, produce quality work
We share knowledge, we follow-through, we bring new ideas, we meet our targets, we respond in expeditious manner.
We make required information readily accessible and actively engage on feedback.
We maintain a positive attitude, focus on the good, keep our promises and commitments, see projects to completion within budget, time and quality. We take ownership, admit our mistakes and fix them.
We treat all our stakeholders with dignity.
In line with our 2020 - 2025 strategic plan, ESPPRA is made up of seven (7) departmental units, each responsible for a specific aspect of the overall mandate of the agency.
The Chief Executive of the Eswatini Public Procurement Regulatory Agency assumes overall responsibility for the successful implementation of the ESPPRA policies and programmes, development of the ESPPRA Strategic partnerships and corporate relations as well as ensuring the ESPPRA sustainability.
Section 20 of the Act, 2011 makes provision to remodel the Agency to a revenue centre. The Unit will therefore be responsible for resource Mobilisation leading to sustainable Agency financing and improved and more efficient internal facilities management. It will ensure the Agency meets all its financial obligations.
The Unit provides capacity building and technical support to procuring entities and persons involved in procurement which is of paramount importance in enhancing compliance with the PPA, 2011. Towards this, the Agency intends to develop capacity building programmes to facilitate better understanding of the PPA, 2011, regulations, Circulars and Procurement principles.
Section 10 of the Procurement Act requires the Agency to report on the performance and functioning of the public procurement system in the country and recommend changes.
The Agency is further required to monitor compliance with the Act and procurement performance by procuring entities, as well as conducting audits of any procurement activities governed by the Act.
In this regard, a key mandate of PPA 2011 is to enforce standards developed under Act, therefore the Agency will through this unit strengthen its monitoring to ensure players involved in public procurement adhere to procurement laws and regulations.
To facilitate effective and efficient monitoring, the Agency intends to implement a public procurement performance monitoring framework and an automated risk-based compliance monitoring system.
In addition, the Agency will ensure audits are undertaken to all procuring entities and reports are submitted to the relevant budgetary, oversight and law enforcement bodies
Section 8 (1) of the PPA Act 2011, dictates that the Agency shall examine and recommend ways of introducing in public procurement, at appropriate stages, the use of information and communications technology, and other technical innovations, where such technology promotes the objectives of this Act. The IT unit works with the relevant internal and external stakeholders to introduce the use of ICT to improve the services offered in the public procurement environment.
The IT unit will contribute to data and information management and maintenance of systems for the management and public dissemination of procurement data, statistics and information through the modernisation of the Public Procurement System.
The set-up of a comprehensive e-Government Procurement solution will be given the highest priority in terms of providing resources, given its impact in the overall public procurement system for Eswatini and adopting enterprise IT capabilities, best practice and standards.
Adequate human resource capacity is key in ensuring that the Agency achieves its mission and objectives. The Unit will assist the Agency strengthen its human resource capacity through alignment of its structure with strategy, staff training, providing a conducive work environment, enhancing staff welfare and offering competitive terms of service.
The unit will further ensure inclusive participation of women in management and decision making. For effective monitoring of performance, the Agency will implement an automated staff performance management system. In addition, the Agency will pursue implementation of an organizational culture change programme aimed at enhancing performance and productivity.
Further, ESPPRA intends to rebrand within the strategic period 2020-2025 to reflect the transition from just another public entity to a solid regulatory Authority. The Agency has been concerned with regulating the public procurement system capable of attaining desired socioeconomic outcomes and best value for money. The unit will therefore assist strengthen its capacity to deliver quality services by building capacity for the Board as well as staff.
The Unit will also lead in development and improvement of internal systems, processes and procedures. As part of the new strategy, the unit will lead in promoting a culture of high performance through clarification of values, reinforcing positive behaviour and encouraging open communication. This will go hand in hand with providing conducive working environment to staff, improve staff welfare and strengthen governance.
Housed under the Corporate Affairs wing, the procurement office is responsible for overseeing all Agency Procurements in accordance with the Public Procurement Act. As a procuring entity itself the Agency too just like other public entities is expected to follow the right channels in all its procurements.
Section 9 (b) (ii) of the Act provides that the Agency shall issue circulars and instructions to provide further guidance on the interpretation and application of the PPA Act and public procurement regulations issued under the Act. Legal Unit shall be the unit charged with this responsibility and shall further attend to complaints from Public Entities, attend to complaints from suppliers by providing secretariat services for IRC and Conduct suspension and disqualification of defaulting suppliers. The Unit will also provide internal legal advisory services.
Working for ESPPRA has been an amazing journey since I started in 2019. I find this agency a true employer of choice.
Thulani NhlabatsiIT Systems Administrator
Working for the agancy has showed me that it is possible to work in an environment where everyone treats you like family.
Mcebo MsibiProcurement Auditor
Being part of ESPPRA for over 3 years has been a wonderful experience. Everyone here works with so much dedication.
Bhekisisa NkambuleSnr. Monitoring & Oversight Officer
What I like most about being an ESPPRA employee is the amount of professional growth opportunities the agency affords it's staff.
Samu NhlabatsiFront-desk Officer
Working for ESPPRA is very fulfilling. Everyday you learn something new. This is why as staff we beleive ESPPRA is an employer of choice.
Phephile DlaminiLegal Secretary