Reprieve could be on the way for business owners who supply the government with goods and services, but struggle to get paid timeously.
This comes after cabinet approved the establishment of a special unit that will help national and provincial departments with making payments to businesses within 30 days of receiving an invoice.
The announcement was made by Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe recently.
Minister Radebe said that the unit, which would be set up within his department, would work in partnership with the National Treasury and the Department of Public Service and Administration.
He added that despite progress being made with paying suppliers on time, many departments still faced challenges. He added that a national hotline would be publicised that would be available to suppliers to log instances of delayed payment.
“This will be taken up with the relevant department and responses will be reported on,” said Minister Radebe.