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SCM Treasury Circular - Organs of State to pay within 30 days of valid invoice

Thursday, 21 July 2016  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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National Treasury has developed measures to resolve non-payment of suppliers exceeding 30 days from presenting a valid invoice to the relevant Organ of State.

Recently a SCM Treasury Circular was sent out to inform Accounting Officers (AOs) and Accounting Authorities (AAs) of Departments, Constitutional Institutions, Public Entities listed in Schedule 2 and 3 to the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) of the procedure that must be followed to assist Suppliers/ Creditors in facilitation of payment exceeding 30 days from the date of submitting a valid invoice to the relevant Organ of State.

The Accounting Officers and Accounting Authorities to which this Instruction was addressed were informed of the establishment of a dedicated call centre within National Treasury to assist Institutions and affected suppliers in resolving non-payment of suppliers/ creditors appointed through SCM process.

The call centre will be available to all service providers doing business with the State to utilise in cases where their invoices after delivering goods and rendering services are not paid within the prescribed period of 30 days and the responsible Accounting Officer/ Accounting Authority is failing to assist in resolving the matter.

This Instruction was issued in terms of section 76(4) (b) of the PFMA and took effect from 1 July 2016.

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Please note that the Call Centre is activated and is operating on an email system. The email address is Should you have invoices exceeding 30 days, please download the attached annexure that you need to complete and send it to the said email address with the supporting documents required.