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.
Provision of existing 196m2 leased office accommodation for The Department of Culture Arts and Traditional Affairs at Naledi service point in Vryburg for a period of 36 months. 2019-01-17 11:00 PWR 133/18
Supply & delivery of plinths for minisub and ringmain unit 2018-11-29 10:00 DIE0014914
Supply & delivery of electrical equipment 2018-11-27 12:00 SCM04-2011-18
Supply & delivery of galvanized poles and pole caps 2018-11-29 10:00 DIC0025766 (READVERTISE)
Provision of existing 196m2 leased office accommodation for The Department of Culture Arts and traditional affairs at Kagisano Molopo service point in Ganyesa for a period of 36 months. 2019-01-17 11:00 PWR 124/18
Supply & delivery of blue jot – it down notebook – 75 with full colour branding. 2018-11-29 10:00 DCG0011888
Supply & delivery of seedling & trees 2018-11-27 12:00 SCM03-2011-18
Cleaning of Reservoirs and Towers 2019-01-22 10:30 JWOPS 015/17RT
Appoint a service provider for the construction of ten (10) timber wendy house units in various areas. 2018-11-27 14:00 1056812
Cleaning and Maintenance of Outfall Sewers. 2019-01-22 10:30 JW OPS 043/18
Printed Books 2018-11-27 14:00 PNQ2 PRINTED BOOKS
Construction of multipurpose community centre building - phase 2B white location, Knysna. 2019-01-23 12:00 T 31/2018/19
Supply and Delivery of One Automated Mineralogical Scanning Electron Microscope based mineral/phase analyser (QEMSCAN) including Training. 2019-01-24 10:00 ERIC0340
Consulting Services- Digital Archivist & Librarian within the Directorate of Information & Communication 2018-12-07 15:00 Re advert- AUC/DIC/IC/327
Supply of hygiene products and services. 2019-01-24 12:00 33/2018
Provision of basic sanitation services in informal settlements with The City of Johannesburg on an as and when required basis. 2019-01-25 10:30 JW 13855
The supply and delivery of water meters 2018-11-28 12:00 61954
Panel to provide travel management services. 2019-01-25 12:00 36/2018
Supply and installation of security parameter fencing at Matopie High Site, Franschhoek. 2018-11-28 11:00 FQ/SM: 75/19
Supply, delivery and installation of high security cage at miniature substation 2018-12-03 11:00 FQ/SM: 73/19

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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... Read More
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