OPERATION Re a Patala” (Operation we pay)
The National Department of Public Works (DPW) has established a high-drive initiative called “Operation Re a Patala” (Operation We Pay) aimed at clearing all the payment backlogs to service-providers. A dedicated hotline was set up at the dedicated Call Centre to facilitate inter-action with service-providers.
This was a proactive initiative to support publicity stated aims and objectives of government to create jobs, grow the economy, and build the small, medium and micro-enterprise (SMME) sector and alleviate poverty. This service was available for all invoices that have been outstanding for over 30 days only.
The call centre is located at the DPW Head Office in corner Bosman and Madiba Street. The department has resolved to become proactive to support publicity stated aims and objectives of government to create jobs, grow the economy, build the small, medium and micro- enterprise (SMME) sector and alleviate poverty.
In supporting the SMME sector, the DPW has created internal arrangements to be receptive to bona fide cases of non-payment and to investigate and finalise all cases within seven working days. The aim was to pay service-providers or contractors promptly to enable swift and effective service delivery.
This service is available for invoices that have been outstanding for over 30 days only. Others will be processed via normal financial management procedures that are in place in the department.
The call centre is still in high demand as there are still plentiful payments that are not paid within 30 days. The call centre receives queries almost every-day from frustrated service providers.
The Minister has also made a commitment to pay service providers within 30 days and, encouraged those who encounter delays with their payments to log a call with the “Operation Re a Patala” call centre on the following contact details:
Toll- free number: 0800 782 542
Mobile 082 888 0491