The Gauteng Department of Health has processed payments of over R146 million in an effort to clear supplier debts and in line with our commitment to ensure the provision of quality health care to the people of Gauteng.
The payment is expected to reflect on the suppliers' bank accounts this month.
The amount related to prior year invoices which were audited as per the prepayment audit process.
A further payment run of R37 million was released in January 2013.
A prepayment audit process has been developed by the Financial Governance unit of Treasury for review and acceptance by the department.
Invoices that are verified as payable following the prepayment audit process are released weekly on the payment run with the approval of the Chief Financial Officer.
All payments up to 30 January 2013 including payments to Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) were released.
The department has paid all SMMEs that were owed money.
Since the beginning of the financial year until 31 December 2012 an amount of R7.3 billion was released to suppliers excluding payments from Conditional Grants.
We would like to reiterate that the department is fully aware and committed to meeting all its past and future obligations to its suppliers.