Issue Date: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Finding Sub-contractors

According to the Draft Preferential Procurement Regulations, 30% of all Government Contracts above R30 million must be sub-contracted to specific categories of SMME’s. 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.

Once the new Regulations are gazetted there businesses will need to find sub-contractors to fill this requirement.

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 future.

But where are large businesses that respond to tenders, or for that matter any business, going to find sub-contractors?

The answer is Briefing Sessions, or Information Sessions, (as it is also known), which are usually compulsory for all bidders that want to respond to a specific tender. For this reason, everyone attempting to win a specific tender has to attend Briefing Sessions or Information Sessions.

At these Briefing Sessions you will meet all types of businesses – from large Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed companies to the small one-man operations or sole proprietors. Sometimes, small businesses won’t necessarily be able to comply with all the requirements of a tender and therefor their tender responses will be unsuccessful whereas large businesses will comply and their tender responses will be successful.

These Briefing Sessions are a place where potential sub-contracting deals can be made between the successful bidder and the smaller unsuccessful, but capable, bidder.

It is important to remember that 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.  So make sure you attend Briefing Sessions and network with all the other bidders as well.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions attend one of the How-to-Tender workshops.

Learn to earn

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Business process redesign and improvement training: 3 days 2017-08-23 11:00 7Z.34485
Supply: Fridges 2017-08-21 12:00 R071800085
Supply: Black mesh midback chair 2017-08-23 12:00 R071800086
Supply: Hydroboil for medical stores 2017-08-21 12:00 R071800087
Appointment of a suitable service provider for the provision of main marquee for gospel icon discovery; once‐off 2017-08-23 11:00 7P.34203
Supply: Copine kinderbox 2017-08-23 12:00 R071800088
Supply: Promo items 2017-08-23 12:00 R071800090
Supply: Wooden table and chair 2017-08-23 12:00 R071800081
Supply: CD/DVDS Revolving Tower Cabinet 2017-08-23 12:00 R071800083
Supply: Scatter cushions 2017-08-23 12:00 R071800082
Appointment of a suitable service provider for the provision of artists and guests tents for gospel icon discovery; once‐off 2017-08-23 11:00 7P.34202
Supply and delivery of protective clothing (EPWP) 2017-08-24 12:00 MLM/SCM/19/2017
Horticultural Maintenance, Khayelitsha Cricket Oval. 2017-08-28 12:00 W101800061
Mowing of Road Reserves area 2.1: Strand 2017-08-25 14:00 W101800136
Park maintenance - Hout Bay area 2017-08-28 14:00 W101800125
Provision of services for the electrification of 225 houses 2017-09-04 12:00 T 23/201718
Supply and Delivery of Mini-Substations & Distribution Transformers for a period of three (3) years 2017-09-13 12:00 T 21/2017/2018
Supply and delivery of telephones 2017-08-18 11:00 W061800081
Perform electrical reticulation construction and repairs works for a period of three (3) year 2017-09-13 12:00 T 18/201718
Supply: Refreshments 2017-08-17 15:00 R081800125


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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