Issue Date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums

Consortiums are often considered as entities to use when responding to tenders in South Africa. The question that arises is whether to use a Consortium or a Joint Venture when responding to a tender. To help you with this we have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages for both Consortiums as well as Joint Ventures. In this article we list the advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums. Look out for the same article on Joint Ventures.

Consortiums Advantages:

  • Easy to establish as there are no formal procedures that must be followed. Most consortiums are formed in writing by the execution of a consortium agreement. In addition, no capital is required to create the consortium.
  • Members of the consortium can change their contractual agreement at any time to suit changed circumstances.
  • The consortium can be set to expire on a given date or on the occurrence of certain events without any formal requirements.
  • The consortium is not directly subject to taxation; however the individual members are.
  • Some of the members of a consortium may choose to be 'undisclosed' in dealings with third parties.
  • The cost of running a consortium is generally lower to that of a joint venture..

Consortiums Disadvantages:

  • It is difficult for consortium members to restrict or limit its liability. Members may even become liable to third parties for the non-performance of other members of the consortium or the debts of such members in undertaking a common project.
  • Third parties will often find it difficult to enter into contract with a non-legal entity like a consortium. Because it is a non-legal entity funding is also difficult.

To learn more about this and many other bid conditions please attend one of our HowtoTender workshops. For more information on the tender courses please email Estelle at estelle@how2tender.com.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Placement and maintenance of Luminex immune based system of tissue typing and antibody screen for a period of five(5) years at Tswane hospital 2019-04-05 11:00 RFB 167/ 18/ 19
Procure a pathogen identification system for public health laboratory, infection services laboratory for a period of five (5) years at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital 2019-04-04 11:00 RFB 160/ 18/ 19
Bid for the supply and delivery of theatre consumables to all hospitals/institutions under the control of the Department of Health, Western Cape Government for a three year period 2019-04-12 11:00 WCGHCC041/ 2018
Supply and delivery of one optical fibre reflectometer to characterise optical fibre networks and photonic subsystems used for radio astronomy applications including all test peripherals required by the reflectometer, calibration, and routine servicing support. The contract is for a period of five years 2019-04-05 11:00 NRF SARAO SKRF 001 2019
(Re-advertisement) Supply, delivery and commissioning of electrical equipment and panels for NQF level 3, 4 & trade test 2019-04-12 11:00 LEPTVETCOL2019/ 001
Supply, delivery, installation, commissioning and training of a variable energy 70MEV H- cyclotron and associated beam lines for isotope production and the provision of spare parts at iThemba Labs, Cape Town, South Africa. 2019-05-10 11:00 NRF/ iThemba LABS/ 2019 - 20: 01
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the appointment of a Service Provider for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Special Maintenance of Structures and Drainage on an ad-hoc basis on the National Route network in the Western and Northern Cape. 2019-04-12 14:00 X005- 021- 2018/ 1F
Panel of service providers to provide an electronic / web based or application solution access to credit and background information of individuals, companies , fixed properties etc. and ability to conduct searches on such information to the NPA for a period of three (3) years 2019-04-15 11:00 NPA 14- 18/ 19
Provisioning of Catering services to RTMC Training College 2019-04-09 11:00 RTMC BID 24/ 2018/ 19
Provision of Services of an Occupational Medical Practitioner (OMP) and Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner (OHNP) for Parliament of RSA 2019-03-29 12:00 B1/ 2019
Phuthaditjhaba Department of Pension Administration Agency: Alternative Office Accommodation and Parking Facilities 329.32m² And 23 Parking Bays(3 Years) 2019-04-09 11:00 BL18/ 098
Supply, Delivery, Erection, Maitainance and Removal of Movable Infrastructure for the 2019 Presidential Inauguration 2019-04-09 11:00 HP18/ 021GS
Rendering of a Service in Respect of the Supply, Erection and Removal Fencing and Related Requirements for the Department Of Public Works 2019-04-09 11:00 HP18/ 018GS
Hire of suitable furnished residential accommodation:6x1 bedroomed flat/apartments plus 6 secure on site-parking bays and for medical interns 4x1 bedroomed flat/apartments plus 4 secure on site parking bays at Edumbe CHC, Edumbe: Department of Health . Contract Period: 12 months and 24 months for medical interns 2019-04-15 11:00 ZNT 7859 W
Hire of suitable furnished residential accommodation:10x1 bedroomed flat/apartments plus 10 secure on site-parking bays and for CSO’’s for 12 months and 10x1 bedroomed flat/apartments plus 10 secure onsite parking bays and for medical interns for 24 months at Ngwelezane Hospital, Ngwelezane: Department of Health 2019-04-15 11:00 ZNT 7861 W
VMWare Software 2019-04-05 12:30 10401236
Checkpoint 2019-04-05 11:00 10401237
Hire of suitable furnished residential accommodation:15x1 bedroomed flat/apartments plus 15 secure on site-parking bays at Eshowe Hospital, Eshowe: Department of Health 2019-04-15 11:00 ZNT 7860 W
Saldanha: Military Base: Construction of new sick bay facility 2019-04-17 11:00 CPT1019/ 18
Presidential Inauguration: Provision of Stage, Sound, Big Screen and Related Infrastructure at Loftus Versfeld Stadium Functionality Criteria 2019-04-09 11:00 HP18/ 016GS

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