Local South African computer manufacturers Pinnacle and Mustek are lobbying the trade and industry department to ensure local products are given a fair chance to compete. The companies, along with the Proudly South African campaign, hope to remind government of its commitment to boost job creation and change in its tendering policies.

Pinnacle CEO Arnold Fourie said they would also approach the Competition Commission to determine if the tenders fall foul of anticompetitive guidelines.One tender sees the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) call for computers worth about R10m. But the commission will only buy from manufacturers with an international market share of at least 2%. The other tender calls for 90 PCs for the Ekurhuleni municipality, and specifies Dell or Compaq models.That tender will be judged 90% on cost and 10% on job creation, local content and the involvement of black businesses.

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