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Government contracts and procurement law


Government procurement accounts for a substantial part of the global economy and is therefore closely regulated in law to prevent fraud, waste, corruption or local protectionism.

This field of law called public procurement regulation is internationally one of the fastest growing areas of legal interest both in practice and academia.

Join us for a twenty-four-hour course, held over eight days, in which we will cover the important aspects of public procurement, and explain the relevant procurement law and what has been achieved with regards to procurement policy, procedures and best practice.

When and where?

15 to 18 November and 22 to 25 November 2021 (Mondays to Thursdays), 9:00-12:00 SAST

This course will be held remotely, most likely on Zoom - exact details will be sent to registered participants a few days before the course.

Course outline

The following topics will be dealt with during the course: 

  • The government procurement process and its regulatory framework
  • The impact of the Constitution on government contracting processes
  • Procurement methods and the use of competition
  • Fairness and transparency in the negotiation and variation of contracts
  • The fair treatment of participating bidders
  • The right to reasons and access to information
  • Procurement and black economic empowerment
  • The availability of remedies to aggrieved parties

Who will benefit from this course?

  • Advocates and attorneys
  • Legal advisors
  • Legal practitioners
  • Government officials (national, provincial and local)
  • Anyone who has an interest in government procurement


Professor Geo Quinot is a professor in the Department of Public Law at Stellenbosch University, a founding director of the African Procurement Law Unit (APLU} and co-director of the Socio-Economic Rights and Administrative Justice Research Project (SERAJ). His research focuses on general administrative law, including a particular focus on the regulation of state commercial activity such as public procurement. He is the author of various articles in academic journals and electronic publications, chapters in book publications and author, co-author and/or editor of five book publications, including State Commercial Activity: A Legal Framework (2009) Juta & Co; Public Procurement Regulation in Africa (2013) Cambridge University Press (with Professor Sue Arrowsmith) and Administrative Justice in South Africa: An Introduction (2015) Oxford University Press.

Quinot is a past editor-in-chief of the Stellenbosch Law Review, and a founding editor of the new open-access journal, African Public Procurement Law.

In 2012 and 2013 he served on a ministerial task team in the South African National Department of Health, focusing on the reform of health procurement systems in South Africa. In 2014 he completed an extensive research project for the South African National Treasury on the establishment of the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) and assisted that office between 2015 and 2016 on reform of the South African public procurement regulatory regime.

How much?

R5,500 per person


A certificate of attendance from UCT will be issued to those who attend all the sessions of the course.

How to sign up

Complete and submit the registration form. You will then be given the payment information. Please note that registrations will not be accepted until payment has been made.

One or two days before the course, we will send you the Zoom link. You will need to register and use a password to enter the virtual classroom.

Registrations close three days before the course starts.

Download the brochure.