Issue Date: 
Monday, November 23, 2015

4 REQUIREMENTS FOR START-UPS

In the tender process it is essential that an enterprise has experience in the industry that it wants to tender in. In fact, the more experience the enterprise has, the better its chances of being awarded a tender.

Can a startup enterprise be awarded a tender? The answer to this question can only be made by the Organ of State that has issued the tender. But, there are definitely some things that a startup can do to ensure that it subscribes to the minimum requirements of a tender.

These minimum requirements are:

1.    A tax clearance certificate.
2.    A B-BBEE certificate.
3.    Company registration documents.
4.    Bank account detail.

The reason a start-up enterprise must comply with the four minimum requirements above is that the Organ of State must verify that an enterprise is legitimate. The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act necessitates Organs of State to comply with these minimum requirements.

It is also crucial for an enterprise to have some kind of B-BBEE credentials because the enterprise's B-BBEE score is used to calculate the enterprise's Preferential Points. Without these points it will be difficult for an enterprise to get passed the evaluation stage of any tender process, not even to mention the adjudication stage. No points will result in losing the tender. The good news is the Start-up Enterprises automatically qualifies as a Level four Contributor to B-BBEE.

Tenders are evaluated on Functionality first and then on Price and finally, B-BBEE. Usually the enterprise must score between 70 to 75 points on Functionality to advance to the next phase of evaluation. This is exactly where startup enterprises fail. The entrepreneur does not realize that if you respond to a tender you must have some expertise of the product you want to deliver. This little point in the tender process is much of an enterprise's downfall.

So how does an enterprise, especially a startup enterprise, overcome this problem? The logical answer would be to join forces with an enterprise that has the necessary expertise and that comply with the Functionality of a specific tender. Finding enterprises that will go into a joint venture can be difficult but if the startup enterprise can bring some special skills to the joint venture it will be easier to find a partner.

The Government is set on developing SMME's and the Gauteng Government's aim is to award at least 30% of all tenders to SMME's.  This is good news for startup enterprises because they are seen as a SMME's!

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Tenders are invited to provide Lumion Essentials Training 2017-12-04 11:00 CSQ11171189
Supply: Gloves 2017-11-29 10:00 GA1180192A
Tenders are invited to provide Revit Advanced Training 2017-12-04 11:00 CSQ11171189
Tenders are invited to provide Revit Intermediate Training 2017-12-04 11:00 CSQ11171189
Supply 20 each x harness; weedeater 2017-11-28 10:00 GA1180193A
Tenders are invited to provide Revit Essentials Training 2017-12-04 11:00 CSQ11171189
Supply: Plants 2017-11-28 16:00 GC11800356
Bidders are invited to provide training for Intermediate Leadership Programme 2017-12-04 11:00 CSQ11171187
Bidders are invited to Repair Scrubber Machine for Fresh produce market Scope of Work 2017-12-04 11:00 CSQ11171187
Supply Klorman Cartridges for Water Purifying 2017-11-28 16:00 GC11800357
Manufacture, Supply and Commissioning of an Inkjet Printing System to Upgrade an Existing Wide Web Printing Press at the Government Printing Works. 2018-01-15 11:00 GPW- M 361
Appointment of a service provider to render hygiene services for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform: Office of the Chief Registrar of Deeds, Deeds Registry Pretoria, Chief Surveyor General and Surveyor General for a period of 36 months 2017-12-15 11:00 DRDLR (CRD- 08) 2017/ 18
Supply and print ambulance return books x 600 units 2017-12-01 11:00 ZNQ 459/ 17/ 18
Supply and Deliver Bark Chips to City Parks Depot , Sacks Circle Drive Bellville South. 2017-11-28 16:00 GC11800358
Stationery items 2017-12-01 11:00 ZNQ 130 / 2017/ 2018
Appointment of a service provider to render Security Services in Klerksdorp Regional Office for a period of 24 months 2018-01-05 11:00 DMR/ 018/ 2017/ 18
Appointment of three service providers to supply and deliver fresh fruit as and when required over a period of twenty four months (24) . 2017-12-15 11:00 NRFNZG- 027- 2017/ 18
Supply carbolic soap 2017-11-28 16:00 GC11800360
Appointment of a service provider to render Security Services in Rustenburg Regional Office for a period of 24 months 2018-01-05 11:00 DMR/ 019/ 2017/ 18
Appointment of two service providers to supply and deliver fresh and processed vegetables as and when required over a period of one (1) year 2017-12-15 11:00 NRFNZG- 028- 2017/ 18

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Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids (tenders) you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids (tenders) as follows:

  • The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points... Read More
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