FCC adopts new purchasing system

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FRANCISTOWN: Francistown City Council has adopted a re-engineered purchasing system in its poverty eradication initiative, the mayor James Kgalajwe has said.

Kgalajwe told a full council meeting yesterday that the system allows them to procure what they need faster than before. "Out of 16 projects, 14 have been provided with the necessary equipment and materials and the two remaining are already operational," he said.

He stated that under this initiative, they face challenges like the long waiting lists in institutions that are supposed to assist in skill training; lack of operational space for some projects and the increase in prices after collection of quotations. "In spite of these challenges, we will continue to soldier on and work out modalities of assisting these beneficiaries and there is need to waive some of the by-laws particularly for this group (the poor)," he said.

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