Issue Date: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Brand new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017 for Tenders

The brand new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017, has been finalized and was gazetted on 20 January 2017. There are some interesting changes and challenges that we will discuss during the coming months. This is 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 provide for a mechanism 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 an outcome 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, commitment made by government was 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, co-operatives as well as township and rural enterprises. Also, giving impetus to the NGP the highlights of the revision are: -

  • Introducing the prequalification criteria which allow the advancement of these selected categories of people by limiting competition 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, the high value tender in the region of R30 million and above tend to be awarded to established companies due to economies of scale and affordability, leaving out categories of aspiring businesses, the revised regulations requires all those with 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 give the smaller companies greater chances to compete in the economy in a meaningful way. (Refer to 6 & 7)

Commenting on the release of the regulations, Minister Pravin Gordhan says 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 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.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Request for proposal from professional service providers to conduct a feasibility study for supply of bulk water in the Tzaneen Dam area on behalf of Lepelle Northern Water. 2017-11-27 11:00 LNW 06/ 17/ 18
Betterment & Re-gravelling of P279 (KM 18+300 TO KM 23+300). 2017-11-28 11:00 C252/ 1718/ BR/ 817
Betterment & Re-gravelling of L1428 (KM 8+450 TO KM 16+450). 2017-11-28 11:00 C252/ 1718/ BR/ 820
Betterment & Re-gravelling of D1339 (KM 0+000 TO KM 6+500). 2017-11-28 11:00 C252/ 1718/ BR/ 553
Betterment & Re-gravelling of D2443 (KM 6+840 TO KM12+840) 2017-11-28 11:00 C252/ 1718/ BR/ 555
Betterment & Re-gravelling of D114 (KM6+000 TO KM 12+900). 2017-11-28 11:00 C252/ 1718/ BR/ 554
Betterment & Re-gravelling of D98 (KM0+000 TO KM 7+000). 2017-11-28 11:00 C252/ 1718/ BR/ 568
Supply and deliver Sports Equipment to 108 Mass Opportunity and Development (Mod) Centres in the Western Cape Education Department (Wced). 2017-11-24 11:00 B/ WCED 2419/ 17
Request For Information (RFI) For Welding Information Management System 2017-11-23 10:00 CORP4268
Supply and Delivery of Touch Screens 2017-11-23 10:00 CORP NO 4269
Construction of Outfall Sewers to the Polokwane Regional Wastewater Treatment Works- Phase 1a-Seshego to East of Pipe Bridge 2017-11-23 10:00 PM129/2017
Construction of Outfall Sewers to the Polokwane Regional Wastewater Treatment Works- Contract 1b-Polokwane East and Polokwane West 2017-11-23 10:00 PM130/2017
Construction of Outfall Sewers to the Polokwane Regional Wastewater Treatment Works- Phase 1c-Main Outfall East of the Sand River 2017-11-23 10:00 PM131/2017
Supply and delivery of Multi Stands Striped Or Blue Cables 2017-11-23 10:00 MPGXC004903
Provision of new Electrical Multiple Unit (Emu) Coach Cleaning Services ror Northern Gauteng Region (Ngr) 2017-11-23 12:00 CRES/CNGR/37/10/2017
Provision of Legal Services 2017-11-23 12:00 392/05/10/2017
Construction of Slieve Donald Farm Combo Sport Facility in Ward 7 2017-11-23 12:00 20/10/2017
Construction of Water and Sewer Reticulation in Polokwane Extension 78 2017-11-24 10:00 PM15/2017
Construction of Vaalkop Transfer Station 2017-11-24 10:00 PM135/2017
Request for Proposal for the Provision of Reputation and Stakeholder Perception Survey 2017-11-24 12:00 SRS/10/2017


Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids (tenders) you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids (tenders) as follows:

  • The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points... Read More
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