• South African echnology companies will soon be invited to bid for a tender worth at least R2bn to supply computers and printers to every government department. Government is expecting a deluge of bids, because any computer or printer supplier that is not approved under this tender will gradually be frozen out of public sector deals as more state departments procure their equipment centrally. The tender replaces the policy of government buying computers and printers outright. Now the State Information Technology Agency (Sita) will pay a fixed monthly fee to use the equipment, but the supplier will retain ownership and provide technical support.

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