Issue Date: 
Monday, February 2, 2015

5 pillars of Supply Chain Management

By W van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

2 February 2015

The South African Government introduced the Five Pillars of Procurement. These five pillars were introduced to stimulated and grow Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises. Every good State department’s Procurement Policy will include these five pillars. All Bid Evaluation Committees are to follow and apply these five pillars.

The Five Pillars are:

  1. Value for Money

In short this means that it is not necessarily the tender with the lowest price that is going to win the bid. If the lowest price means an inferior product then the Evaluation Committee will seek for a better product. Ensure that, when you respond to a tender, your product is good value for money.

  1. Open and Effective Competition

Government departments must take care that everybody has a reasonable chance to compete for tenders. They must ensure that their procurement process is transparent and fully understandable. They must make sure that there is no favouritism towards any bidder.

  1. Ethics and Fair Dealing

Government officials must conduct themselves properly without compromising their integrity. When conducting their tender evaluation they must not accept bribes or gifts from potential suppliers. In fact, they must not accept anything of sorts from nobody.

  1. Accountability and Reporting

This is a two way street. You, as potential supplier, must be able to account for your actions and plans. You must ensure that you have good reporting methods build into your bid. Government departments must report to their superiors and must be held accountable for their procurement actions.

  1. Equity

The purpose of the fifth pillar is to promote business with Previously Disadvantaged Individuals (PDI’s). Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises together with PDI’s must player a bigger part in the development of the larger South African Economy. Any good Procurement Policy will address Equity as a main feature in the procurement process.

In responding to a tender or request for proposal it is always good to keep these five pillars in mind. Try to address these five pillars in your tender response and you might just be lucky and win a tender.

Now that you have this knowledge you might just want to invest in our newly revised Tender Manual 2015 that is available on our website www.how2tender.com. The Tender Manual will teach you all you need to know to respond to tenders correctly and hopefully successfully.

Until next time - happy tendering.

Tenders, B-BBEE and the new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017

We have previously asked: How important is a good B-BBEE status level of contributor in the tender process?

The answer is still the same: VERY IMPORTANT!

In all tender documents, you will find the NEW Standard Bidding Document 6.2 which is used to claim your Preference Points for B-BBEE. The higher your B-BBEE status level of contributor, the more points you will score on the Preference Points System. Ultimately the bidder or bidders scoring the highest points will be awarded the tender.

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