Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

The difference between Consortiums and Joint Ventures

By Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

It is common business practice to form a Joint Venture when one responds to a tender, especially if you do not have all the expertise required by the specific tender.  But Joint Ventures can be complicated to form and to find the correct partner for the Joint Venture can be challenging.  There is an alternative option.  You could go into a consortium when responding to a tender.

A consortium is an association of two or more individuals, companies, or organisations with the objective of participating in a common activity, such as responding to a tender, or pooling their resources to achieve a common goal.  Within the consortium, each participant retains their separate legal status and the consortium’s control over each participant is limited to activities involving the joint endeavour, particularly the division of profits.  A consortium is formed by contract.

A Joint Venture can be described as a business enterprise where two or more participants come together to share their expertise in order to win a specific contract for a set period of time.  A Joint Venture is a separate entity and is not part of the individual participant’s own enterprise.  Therefor a Joint Venture must have its own set of rules by which it is managed, and this is called a Joint Venture Agreement.

The key reasons to form a joint venture or consortium may be that it will provide your company with new opportunities to respond to a tender or request for proposal and secure tenders which would not otherwise be available to you due to your company’s size and scale.

Before entering into either a joint venture or consortium agreement, all parties need to understand what they want from the relationship.  Both joint ventures and consortiums have risks and benefits: the most important thing is to take account of what your objective is in entering the relationship and then to weigh up which one is more appropriate to help you win a tender.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.  Book and pay online at https://howtotender.co.za/tender-expert-form/

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You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website https://howtotender.co.za/ which is a step by step guide how to respond to a South African Tender.  It includes examples of completed SBD forms.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of a service provider to conduct a broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) verification of the fourteen (14) KwaZulu-Natal provincial departments and Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (KZN EDTEA) elevel (12) public entities 2020-06-30 11:00 ZNT 07 EDTEA 19/ 20
Provision of insurance services by an insurance underwriter 2020-06-19 11:00 001- 2020/ 2021
Request for Proposals to appoint a panel of service providers to assist the ARC with the Microsoft Dynamics AX R3, Power BI and Jet Reports Support, New Development and Customization for a period of three years 2020-06-29 11:00 ARC/ 01/ 04/ 2020
Provision of cleaning, hygiene and pest control services at GPAA offices 2020-06-22 11:00 GPAA 10/ 2020
Appointment of a security company to provide security services, Alarm installation with armed response in Bredasdorp, Anene Booysen Skills Development Centre 2020-06-19 11:00 002- 2020/ 2021
Appointment of a security company to provide security services, Alarm installation with armed response in Bethal, Gert Sibande Skills Development Centre 2020-06-19 11:00 004- 2020/ 2021
Appointment of a security company to provide security services, Alarm installation with armed response in Muden, Zibambeleni Skills Development Centre 2020-06-19 11:00 003- 2020/ 2021
Appointment of a panel of service providers for the procurement of the 32 inch IDTV for 2020 indegent matriculants 2020-06-19 11:00 USAF- IDTV/ 01/ 2020
Dube TradePort Corporation hereby invites proposals from Trend Micro accredited partners to provide Trend Micro Enterprise Protection Platform (EPP) for DTPC for a three (3) year period. 2020-06-23 11:00 DTP/ RFP/ 13/ CEO/ 09/ 2019
Supply, delivery, and installation, inclusive of setup of production scanners: 3 year period contract, various head offices 2020-06-17 11:00 ZNB 5336/ 2020- H
Provision of Security Services in the Departmental Offices and Institutions for a period of 36 months at CLUSTER 5 (King Cetshwayo District Offices) 2020-06-18 11:00 DARD05/ 20
Provision of Security Services in the Departmental Offices and Institutions for a period of 36 months at CLUSTER 4 (UMkhanyakude District offices) 2020-06-18 11:00 DARD04/ 20
Provision of Security Services in the Departmental Offices for a period of 36 months at CLUSTER 3 (ILembe District, UGu and UThukela District offices) 2020-06-18 11:00 DARD03/ 20
Provision of Security Services in the Departmental Offices for a period of 36 months at CLUSTER 2 (Zululand and Harry Gwala District Offices) 2020-06-18 11:00 DARD02/ 20
Provision of security services in the Departmental Offices, Institution and Residence for the period of 36 months at CLUSTER 1 (MEC Residence, UMgungundlovu District, Truro house, EThekwini District, Amajuba District and UMzinyathi District) 2020-06-18 11:00 DARD01/ 20A
Supply, deliver, offload, install and servicing of ablution and hygiene services for departmental offices, research stations and institutions for the period of three years 2020-06-19 11:00 DARD08/ 20A
Appointment of a service provider to rehabilitate the pumps at Makhathini Irrigation Scheme 2020-06-19 11:00 DARD07/ 20A
Supply, deliver and offloading of veterinary remedies at Department of Agriculture: Uthukela District Office. 2020-06-19 11:00 DARD06/ 20A
Printing, supply and delivery of promotional material for the South African Police Service: Division: Corporate Communication and Liaison on a once off basis 2020-06-30 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 65TS(19)
Supply and delivery of consumables used in the forensic science laboratories to the SAPS for a period of two (2) years 2020-06-18 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 69TD (19)

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