Issue Date: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Finding Sub-contractors

These categories are:

  • Black female owned EME's or QSE's;
  • Black youth owned EME's or QSE's;
  • Black owned EME's or QSE's.

After the Preferential Procurement Regulations were gazetted there is a need for businesses to find sub-contractors.

But where are businesses, which respond to tenders, going to find sub-contractors? We have thought about this and one answer is at Briefing Sessions.

Briefing Sessions or Information Sessions, are usually compulsory for all bidders that want to respond to a specific tender. For this reason, anyone trying to win a specific tender will attend the Briefing / Information Sessions.

You will find all sorts of businesses at Briefing Sessions - from large Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed companies to the small one-man operations or sole proprietors. Many times smaller businesses won't necessarily be able to comply with all the requirements of a tender, and therefor their tender responses will be unsuccessful whereas larger businesses will comply with all the requirements of a tender and their tender responses are successful.

By implementing the 30% sub-contracting rule Government is trying to spread the wealth that comes with winning a tender. This will be good for growing SMME's in the future. We foresee that Briefing Sessions are going to be the place where potential sub-contracting deals are going to be made.

Keep in mind, for a business to become a sub-contractor it will have to be a running concern. Large businesses will only use dependable sub-contractors with a proven track record.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops, workshop dates are published on our website at For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at

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.
2x Tilting blood mixer 2018-10-22 11:00 RFQ: GAU032-2018/19
2x RPR Rotator 2018-10-22 11:00 RFQ: GAU033-2018/19
2x Vortex Mixer 2018-10-22 11:00 RFQ: GAU034-2018/19
1x Heating Block 2018-10-22 11:00 RFQ: GAU035-2018/19
Supply and Delivery of a Minus 70 Freezer for the NICD SVPL Lab 2018-10-22 11:00 1487066/18-19
1x Gurney 2018-10-22 11:00 RFQ: GAU036-2018/19
1x Bone marrow Filing Cabinet/drawers 2018-10-22 11:00 RFQ: GAU037-2018/19
2x Thermobrite/Hybridization 2018-10-22 11:00 RFQ: GAU038-2018/19
2x Anaerobic Gas System 2018-10-22 11:00 RFQ: GAU039-2018/19
1x Ducted Fume hood 2018-10-22 11:00 RFQ: GAU040-2018/19
1x PH Meter 2018-10-22 11:00 RFQ: GAU041-2018/19
2x Dictaphone 2018-10-22 11:00 RFQ: GAU042-2018/19
Supply and deliver balance 1xBalance10g-30Kg 2018-10-22 11:00 RFQ: GAU044-2018/19
Surgical instrments 2018-10-22 11:00 RFQ: GAU045-2018/19
Supply of Differential Digital Cell Counter x 4 2018-10-26 11:00 RFQ -KZN CELL COUNT 04
Supply of Roller Mixers x 7 2018-10-26 11:00 RFQ - KZN MIXER /07
Supply and Install Semi Automated Slide Stainer at NHLS Ngwelezane Laboratory 2018-10-26 11:00 RFQ REF 1599226
Supply and Install Slide Warmer x 4 2018-10-26 11:00 RFQ -KZN5/16/67/128
Supply and Install Analytical Balance x 1 Nhls Port Shepstone Lab 2018-10-26 11:00 RFQ -KZN 10
Supply and Install Light Microscopes x 2 Nhls Emmaus Lab Nhls Estcourt Lab 2018-10-26 11:00 RFQ - KZN 19 / 84


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:

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