Issue Date: 
Monday, February 9, 2015

Changes to Supply Chain Management in South Africa

By W van Rooyen

9 February 2015

The Public Sector tender landscape in South Africa is going to change dramatically in the coming months. This is, if the Department of Treasury`s findings and recommendations are adhered to. If you have read the 2015 Public Sector Supply Chain Management Review that was published recently you will see that Government is trying very hard to change the tender process.

According to the report there is too much corruption going on in the tender process, especially when it comes to tenders that are less than R500 000-00 in value. The aim of the Department of Treasury is the establishment of the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer: “The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) will modernise and oversee the South African public sector SCM system to ensure that the procurement of goods, services and construction works is fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost effective in line with the Constitution and all relevant legislation.”

The aim is to establish an internet data base into which Government Departments can delve to secure suppliers that have been pre-approved. A further idea is to do away with Tax Clearance certificates due to too many fraudulent certificates doing the rounds. As soon as the systems are in place, government officials will be able to check a bidder`s tax status live in the Supply Chain Management System.

This is all good and well. I foresee that there will be initial problems seeing that the average SMME owner struggles with internet access in South Africa.

Fortunately the Private Sector tender processes will not be affected by any Office of the Chief Procurement Officer.

The date of implementation of this proposed new way of Public Sector tendering is 1 April 2015 - we will have to watch and see.

In the meantime, please visit our website to invest in our newly revised Tender Manual 2015 that gives insight into this and all other tender matters. The Tender Manual will teach you all you need to know to respond to tenders correctly and hopefully successfully. Our web address is

Until next time - happy tendering.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of a Maximum of two (2) Service Providers for the Supply, Delivery and Off-Loading of Lime and Sludge Thickening Polyelectrolyte as and when required for a period of thirty six (36) months 2018-04-19 12:00 BS12/02/2018
Consultants for the Investigation, Design, Supervision and Monitoring of Rietkuil Reservoir and Bulk Supply Pipe Lines in Steve Tshwete Local Municipality 2018-04-18 12:00 BS04/02/2018
Repair of light vehicle and trucks. 2018-04-18 11:00 67/2017/2018
Supply and delivery of cleaning chemicals, equipment and accessories. 2018-04-18 11:00 65/2017/2018
Supply and delivery of traffic road marking paints. 2018-04-18 11:00 77/2017/2018
Panel of Maximum Three (03) Mechanical Contractors to Provide Services for Repair and Maintenance of Plant and Equipment at the Water and Wastewater Treatment Works as and when required for a period of thirty six (36) months. 2018-04-24 12:00 BS06/02/2018
Supply, repair, fitting of tyres, wheel alignment and balancing. 2018-04-18 11:00 73/2017/2018
Supply and delivery of sanitary bins, air fresheners and dispensers. 2018-04-18 11:00 74/2017/2018
Supply and delivery of stationery. 2018-04-18 11:00 76/2017/2018
Request for the Civil Engineering Professional Service Providers for the Design, Supervision and Monitoring of Construction of a Outfall Sewer Line From German Development to Eastdene 2018-04-05 12:00 BS10/03/2018
Recruitment Engagement and Registration of Disaster Management Volunteers 2017/2018. 2018-04-17 11:00 COMM-36/2017/2018
Panel of a maximum of three (3) civil contractors for supply, delivery, erection and commissioning of ventilated improved toilets within MP313 rural areas for a period of 36 months as and when required 2018-04-19 12:00 BS04/03/2018
Provision of Employee Wellness Service. 2018-04-17 11:00 COR-A29/2017/2018
Proposal to invite black empowered enterprises, especially women owned to supply building and construction material on an "as when required basis" 2018-04-19 11:00 RFP065/2018
Proposals for design and supply of tables and chairs for municipal council chambers. 2018-04-19 12:00 2018/01/24/CCF
The Supply and Delivery of Wet Rations, bread and rolls to the Department of Defence (Maluti area). 2018-07-05 11:00 SPSC- B- 080- 2017
The Supply and Delivery of Wet Rations, various Meat (fresh and frozen) to the Department of Defence (Maluti area). 2018-07-05 11:00 SPSC- B- 079- 2017
The appointment of a service provider for the supply and delivery of perfusion and cardiothoracic surgery requirements to Groote Schuur - Tygerberg- and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for a period of three (3) years. 2018-04-20 11:00 TBH514/2017
The Supply and Delivery of Wet Rations, various Dairy Products to the Department of Defence (Maluti area). 2018-07-05 11:00 SPSC- B- 083- 2017
Appointment of a Panel of Maximum Seven (7) Consulting Engineers for the Provision Of Professional Services, Planning, Design And Implementation of Civil Engineering Projects for a period of 36 months as and when required 2018-04-24 12:00 BS06/03/2018


Tender adjudication process

The SBD/WCBD6.1 document must form part of all bids invited.  It contains general information and serves as a claim form for preference points for Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment (B -BBEE) Status Level of Contribution, and explains how tenders or bids are decided.

The document says:

  • The bidder obtaining the highest number of points will be awarded the contract.
  • Preference points shall be calculated after prices have been brought to a comparative basis.
  • Points scored will be rounded off to two decimal places... Read More
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