Almost 40% of the R2.1bn spent by the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government on procuring PPE and other goods and services as part of the response to Covid-19 was spent on African-owned companies.
Premier Sihle Zikalala made these statistics available when he released a report on owners and directors of companies awarded Covid-19 contracts on Thursday.
“Our analysis shows that out of this total of R2.1bn, R810m (38.4%) was spent on African-owned companies. The total of African-owned companies used was 235 (60%) out of a total of 392 companies,” he said.
The spend on Indian-owned companies was R622m.
“The analysis further shows that R37m (1.8%) was spent on white-owned companies, a total of R31m on companies with owners showing a mixed racial profile, while R10m was spent on companies owned by coloured people and R9.7m on companies owned by Asians,” Zikalala said.
He said suppliers who had more than 50% female ownership accounted for 33% of the spend while about 15% of the total was spent supporting young business owners.
He said almost R1.8m went to suppliers whose owners were not registered on the Central Supplier Database, therefore there were no details available.
There were three companies, which received R1.8m, that were registered only at the end of March.