Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Joint Ventures and Tenders

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

Joint ventures are collaborative arrangements where two or more businesses come together to share their expertise to win a specific contract for a set period for a common purpose such as bidding for a tender. A Joint Venture is a separate entity and is not part of the individual participant’s own enterprise. 

There are many examples of successful Joint Ventures, such as Sony-Ericsson, Virgin Mobile India Limited, Nokia (Siemens AG and Nokia Corp), Cadbury Schweppes PLC Carlyle Group Joint Venture and Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Company.  They are all well-known and are very lucrative. 

Partners in a Joint Ventures join forces and make Joint Ventures a good business idea to compete if you do not have all the necessary skills, expertise, recourses, infrastructure, or capital that are required for a specific tender.

It is important to know the following 8 things about Joint Ventures:

  1. Definition
    A Joint Venture is a strategic cooperation where two or more people and/or companies agree to contribute goods, services and/or capital to a common commercial enterprise for the purpose of a specific tender or request for proposal.
  2. Difference between a Joint Venture and a Private Company
    The moment two or more people and/or companies unite to do business together it can be construed of being a Joint Venture, but once these parties to this business register a formal private company then it is no longer a Joint Venture.
  3. Difference between a Joint Venture and a Partnership
    A Joint Venture often sounds much like a Partnership but the main difference between a Joint Venture and a Partnership is that the members of a Joint Venture have come together for a specific Tender or Request for Proposal, while a Partnership is usually formed between two or more people to run a business for an unlimited period.
  4. Share expenses
    Each member of a Joint Venture only shares the expenses of the specific Tender for which the Joint Venture was established.
  5. Income Tax
    Each member of a Joint Venture is liable for their own Income Tax.  If the Joint Venture is profitable the net income of the Joint Venture will be distributed to each member of the Joint Venture according to their percentage contribution towards the Joint Venture.  The members will then be tax in their individual capacity or if the member of the Joint Venture is company, then the gains of the Joint Venture will form part of the income of the company and will be taxed according to company tax legislation.
  6. Ownership
    Especially important to realize is that each member of the Joint Venture keeps ownership of their own personal fixed assets as well as their current assets.
  7. Bank account
    It is important to open a separate bank account for the Joint Venture.  You do not want your private funds to get entangled with the funds of the Joint Venture.
  8. Set of accounts
    Always keep a separate set of accounts for the Joint Venture.  You do not want the Joint Venture transactions to get mixed up with your own transactions or those of your company.

Remember, before you dismiss a Tender or Request for Proposal as undoable, think of teaming up with other businesses and/or people in the form of Joint Venture and bid through the Joint Venture. Do not underestimate the power of Joint Ventures.

Joint Ventures can bring you the success you always wanted without being trapped in a never-ending partnership or shareholding scenario.

Countless tenders have been awarded to Joint Ventures and many more tenders will be awarded to Joint Ventures. 

We foresee that Joint Ventures will become an integral part of South Africa’s business sphere.

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/

Contact us at wernervr@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.

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.
Purchase of earth moving equipment 2020-05-05 11:00 AHT23827
Appointment of a panel of electrical contractors (CIDB grade 3EP to 9 EP) to provide electrical construction services to the Alfred Duma Local Municipality for a period of one year 2020-04-16 11:00 EES 01/2020
Invitation for Service Providers to Provide Short Term Insurance for uMgungundlovu District Municipality 2020-04-23 12:00 09/2020
Supply and delivery of Refuse Skip Loader Truck for Makhado Local Municipality 2020-05-08 12:00 15 of 2020
Request for Proposals for the Placement on the Municipal Panel of Professional Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Consultants for a period of thirty-six (36) months 2020-04-24 12:00 UGU-07-1540-2020
Provision of Services: Taking of Water and Sewage Samples, Analysing, and Monitoring it in Botrivier, Caledon, Tesselaarsdal, Genadendal, Grabouw, Greyton, Riviersonderend and Villiersdorp for the Period From 01 July 2020 To 30 June 2023 2020-04-24 12:00 ENG 01/2020/21
Re-advert: Procurement of Service Provider for Enhancement of the APRM Electronic Questionnaire Tool for the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) 2020-04-28 11:00 APRM/001B/SIDA/EQT/2020
Supply and Installation of Artificial grass in various parks in Hermanus for a contract period ending 30 June 2020. 2020-04-03 12:00 SC2080/2020
Supply and Delivery of Sewing Equipment 2020-04-03 12:00 FWQ201/2019
Supply and Delivery of Cable 2020-04-03 12:00 FWQ204/2019
Supply and Delivery of Sewage Mixers 2020-05-08 12:00 FWQ207/2019
Supply and Delivery of a Soft Starter Water Pump Station Alwyndal 2020-05-08 12:00 FWQ208/2019
Installation of Perimeter Fence at Polokwane Traffic Station 2020-04-30 11:00 PUDP 758
Supply, Delivery and Installation of General Steelworks and Fittings 2020-04-30 12:00 TDR125/2019
Appointment of Contractors in the Built and Environment for construction Rivoni School for the blind for the Limpopo Department of Education 2020-04-30 11:00 LDE/IA/B18/2019/20
Supply and Delivery of Manhole Rings and Covers 2020-04-09 12:00 TDR120/2019
Supply and Delivery of Chemical Cleaning Product for use in the Wastewater Systems 2020-04-09 12:00 TDR121/2019
Supply and Delivery of a Cobra Safe MLP System with Various Components and Cobra Brass Fittings 2020-04-09 12:00 TDR123/2019
Appointment of panel of contractors for urban / rural stormwater maintenance 2020-05-04 12:00 13/2020
Supply and Delivery of Various Water Fittings 2020-04-09 12:00 TDR122/2019

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