Issue Date: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

New Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017 for Tenders

The brand new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017, have been finalized and gazetted on 20 January 2017. There are some interesting changes and challenges that we will discuss during the coming months. We start off with the official media release from National Treasury:

The regulations were initially promulgated in 2001 and revised in 2011 thus making this the second revision since the initial promulgation.

The revision of the Preferential Procurement Regulations of 2011 was largely influenced by the need to empower certain categories (Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) also classified as EMEs or QSEs, Co-operatives, Township and Rural enterprises) through procurement. This was a product of social dialogue on the New Growth Path (NGP), wherein government and social partners signed a Local Procurement Accord on 31 October 2011. To this end, a commitment was made by government to leverage public procurement.

The revised regulations are also aligned to President Jacob Zuma's pronouncement in his 2015 State of the Nation Address, wherein he said, that government will set-aside 30% of appropriate categories of State procurement for purchasing from SMMEs or co-operatives as well as township and rural enterprises. Also, giving impetus/ incentive to the NGP. The highlights of the revision are:
 

  • Introducing the prequalification criteria, which allows the advancement of these selected categories of people, by limiting competition to only amongst themselves. This restricts the inclusion of well established companies, unless they meet further requirements of subcontracting to these groups, should they (established company) be successful. (Refer to regulation 4).
  • Acknowledging that in the main, that high value tenders in the region of R30 million and above have a tendency to be awarded to established companies, due to economies of scale and affordability, leaving out categories of aspiring businesses. The revised regulations require all those, with the ability to deliver the required service, to demonstrate the element of subcontracting to the categorised groups at a tendering stage. (Refer to regulation 9).
  • Addressing the outcry of the categorised groups, who felt that the threshold of R1 million is too insignificant for them to grow to a level of established companies. Current regulations have increased to R50 million. This now gives smaller companies a greater chance to compete in the economy, in a meaningful way. (Refer to 6 & 7)

Commenting on the release of the regulations, Minister Pravin Gordhan said that the regulations aim to use public procurement as a lever to promote socio-economic transformation, empowerment of small enterprises, rural and township enterprises, designated groups and the promotion of local industrial development. He said this is in line with the current dialogue on inclusive economic growth in South Africa.

To learn more about this and all the other new developments regarding tenders, please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. Tender Workshop dates are published on our website at www.how2tender.com. For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at werner@how2tender.com.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd. which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
The supply, delivery, demonstration & training of ten (10) defibrillators for use in various Departments at Groote Schuur Hospital. 2018-10-12 11:00 GSH8/2018
Differential Count Slide Stainer for Livingstone Haematology Laboratory 2018-09-26 11:00 RFQ 1469470
Supply: Cap and beanies 2018-09-25 10:00 GA11900261
Request for Printing of 10 000 Nmc Booklet 2018-09-25 11:00 1372672/18-19
Support, Maintenance and Upgrading of the VM Environment at the Production, Dr as well as the regional sites 2018-09-25 11:00 1401235
Supply and delivery of Tracksuits for the Or Tambo Games Participants 2018-09-25 16:00 365/09/2018
Request for proposal: Consultancy services for the design of project for unlocking rural and remote areas’ access to basic infrastructure and services (Energy, ICT, Integrated Road Network) 2018-10-19 15:00 AUC/IED/C/376
Supply: 20 each x cutting comfy harness. 2018-09-25 10:00 GA11900262
Supply and delivery of golf T-shirts for the OR Tambo Games participants 2018-09-25 16:00 366/09/2018
Supply Hardware items. 2018-09-21 12:00 GG11900479
Supply Hardware items 2018-09-25 12:00 GG11900478
Supply Ergonomic highback chair. 2018-09-25 12:00 GL11900230
Supply Cutlery and crockery 2018-09-27 12:00 GL11900250
Proposal for the Facilitation of a Boxing Tournament for the month of October 2018-09-25 16:00 367/09/2018
Supply Promotional items 2018-09-25 12:00 GL11900233
Supply 8 gig silicone wrist usb 2018-09-27 12:00 GL11900249
Supply 3 x 25 keys - steel key cabinets. 2018-09-25 12:00 GL11900234
Industrial wet&dry vacuum cleaner-Kuyasa 2018-09-21 12:00 GL11900248
Renewal of Veeam Backup and Replication 2 year subscription 2018-10-12 12:00 T28/2018
Test of Compressors as per Health and Safety Act,1993 in Langeberg Municipal Area 2018-09-21 10:15 Q 35/2018

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