Issue Date: 
Monday, November 16, 2015

Am I Ready to Tender?

Recently it has become clear to us that there is this misconception that if you have a registered business you are ready to tender. This couldn't be further from the truth. People think that if they have a registered company, a tax clearance certificate and a B-BBEE certificate or affidavit they are bound to be successful in responding to tenders. Unfortunately there are other requirements that you have to comply with in order to be ready to tender.

During our training sessions we always say that there are three things that a business must have or do in order to be a legal entity in South Africa. These three things are:

  1. The business must be registered with SARS for Income Tax purposes;
  2. The business must have a bank account; and
  3. The business must have a fixed address.

These three items are only the beginning. Once you comply with these three items you must actively start doing business. In other words your business must be a running concern.

Other items that you will have to take into consideration to determine if you are ready to tender are:

  • Will you be able to deliver on time - once a tender has been awarded to you there is no room for non-delivery. If you miss a delivery the contract can be terminated and that could mean the end of your business. Government Entities want to see that you will be able to deliver.
  • Do you have enough financial resources to fulfil the contract? It might be that in order to deliver you will first have to invest a great deal of financial resources in stock.
  • Is your work force up for the task at hand? You will always find that Government Entities ask for CV's of employees that are going to be involved in the tender. Only if you have enough capable employees; then you are ready to tender.
  • Is your business registered with a statuary body? Many industries in South Africa have statuary bodies and you have to be registered with these bodies in order to conduct business. Find out if your business falls into such a body and if so, register. 

These are just some of the requirements that Government Entities will look at in order to decide if your business will be able to fulfil the requirements of the tender. Ensure that you have at least these minimum requirements under the belt before attempting to respond to tenders.
 
Visit our website for more details on our upcoming How2Tender workshops (www.how2tender.com) or email werner@how2tender.com should you need any assistance in this regard.
 

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Request for sector development and implementation plan to support sustainable veterinary pharmaceutical industry development in South Africa 2019-03-11 12:00 T02/02/19
Department of Science and Technology: Appointment of a service provider to pilot Bio-cultural Community Protocol in Mpumalanga Province 2019-03-04 13:00 RFQ-0000063
Invitation for project tenders (Phase 1): The Uniting Reformed Church Atteridgeville - Alterations and additions to existing church buildings on Erf 1088 no. 19 Matseke Street 2019-03-12 12:00 No reference supplied
Insurance for Msukaligwa Local Municipality for a period of three (3) years. 2019-03-18 11:00 8/3 27/2018
Maintenance of highmast lights: as and when required for the period ending 30 June 2019. 2019-03-18 11:00 8/3 26/2018
Repairing of open kiosk/mini-sub/ pole mounted transformers: as and when required for the period ending 30 June 2019. 2019-03-18 11:00 8/3 25/2018
Service provider that specializes on 11kv substation protection scheme for the following substations: 11kv main substation_13 panels Wesselton main substation_7 panels Kwazanele main substation_4 panels Breyten main_3 panels 2019-03-18 11:00 8/3 24/2018
Repairs and servicing of emergency vehicles in the municipal fire and rescue fleet for a period of three (3) years commencing 1 February 2019 to 28 February 2022. 2019-03-18 11:00 8/3 23/2018
Replacement of copper overhead lines: as and when required for the period ending 30 June 2019. 2019-03-13 11:00 8/3 22/2018
Provision of an electronic document management system at GMM for 36 months 2019-03-15 12:00 8/3/1-05/2019
Upgrading of the Rooikoppen Sewer 2019-03-08 12:00 DTS 11/2018/2019
Supply, delivery of material to site, installation and commissioning of energy efficient lighting for high masts within Lekwa Local Municipality 2019-03-08 12:00 DTS 10/2018/2019
Construction of Workshop at Jouberton Campus 2019-03-01 11:00 No reference number
Department of Science and Technology Illumination Assessment 2018-2019 2019-03-04 13:00 RFQ-0000062
Provision of security services 2019-02-28 12:30 08/2/16/57
Panel of two (2) Service providers for Supply and delivery of protective clothing for a period of 36 months(as and when required) 2019-03-01 11:00 LNM071/2018/19
Printing and folding of municipal monthly statements for a period of 36 months 2019-03-01 11:00 LNM067/2018/19
Supply and delivery of ICT equipment 2019-02-26 11:00 LNM050/2018/19
Professional Service provider for licensing of municipal borrow Pits 2019-02-26 11:00 LNM056/2018/19
Professional Service provider for review of environment management plan 2019-02-26 11:00 LNM055/2018/19

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Tender Knowledge

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Sometimes I am surprised at how little business people in South Africa know about Tenders and the Tender Process. Simple things like terminology and general tender information are difficult for people to comprehend not to mention the Standard Bidding Documents and Tender Pricing.

Unbelievably there are still Entrepreneurs that thinks to respond to tenders are an actual business? You will find that these Entrepreneurs would... Read More

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