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.
Terms of Reference to Request for Bids From Service Providers for BID NO OCJ2019/06: Re-Advertisement of the Anti-Virus and Malware Protection Solution for the Office of the Chief Justice 2020-02-07 11:00 OCJ2019/ 06
The RAF hereby invites experienced, suitably qualified service providers to provide Research Services for the RAF for the period of five (5) years 2020-02-21 11:00 RAF/ 2019/ 00027
Sekgosese Magistrate Court: Repairs and Renovations 2020-02-18 11:00 PLK 20/ 02
Appointment of service provider for e-mail continuity, archiving and spam filtering services (unified email management solutions) for a period of five (5) years. 2020-02-14 11:00 HSRC/ 13/ 2019/ 20
iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, a schedule 3A public entity invites suitably qualified service providers to bid for construction and rehabilitation of roads situated in the Maphelane section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Kwa-Zulu Natal 2020-02-14 16:00 RFP NUMBER: 15/ 2019
Office Accommodation for the merSETA Western Cape Regional Office – FAC/2020/004 The primary objective of this request for proposal is to invite landlords and agencies to submit proposals to the merSETA to provide leasing of Office Accommodation for Western Cape Regional Office for a period of five (5) years. 2020-02-06 12:00 FAC/ 2020/ 004
The objective of the bid is to appoint External Moderator(s) Nationally to form part of a panel that will provide the verification of Learning Programmes and Workplace Approvals for FoodBev SETA on a rotational basis for a period not exceeding three (3) years from date of appointment. 2020-02-24 11:00 FB SETA (19- 20) T0022
Office Accommodation for the merSETA Gauteng North Regional Office – FAC/2020/002 The primary objective of this request for proposal is to invite landlords and agencies to submit proposals to the merSETA to provide leasing of Office Accommodation for Gauteng North Regional Office for a period of five (5) years. 2020-02-06 12:00 FAC/ 2020/ 002
Office Accommodation for the merSETA Mpumalanga Regional Office – FAC/2020/003 The primary objective of this request for proposal is to invite landlords and agencies to submit proposals to the merSETA to provide leasing of Office Accommodation for Mpumalanga Regional Office for a period of five (5) years 2020-02-06 12:00 FAC/ 2020/ 003
FoodBev SETA would like to invite a suitable service provider to project manage the recruitment and placement of 2017/2018 learners in workplace within the Food and Beverages Manufacturing Sector and/or Government department (National, provincial, local). 2020-02-25 11:00 FB SETA (19- 20) T0023
Office Accommodation for the merSETA Eastern Cape Regional Office – FAC/2020/001 The primary objective of this request for proposal is to invite landlords and agencies to submit proposals to the merSETA to provide leasing of Office Accommodation for Eastern Cape Regional Office for a period of five (5) years. 2020-02-06 12:00 FAC/ 2020/ 001
Appointment of a Well-Established Service Provider for the Provision Of Cafés / Restaurants, Shops, Outdoor Weekend Recreational Activities (Such as a Market) 2020-02-14 11:00 DMSA 014/ 2019
Appointment of a panel of service providers to assist with sighting, drilling, testing & equipping of boreholes in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality of the North West Province 2020-02-06 11:00 NW- TEN02(011)19/ 20
Appointment of a Well-Established Service Provider for the Provision Of Cafés / Restaurants, Shops, Outdoor Weekend Recreational Activities (Such as a Market) 2020-02-14 11:00 DMSA 014/ 2019
Port Alfred: Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries: 8 William Cock Street: Repairs & Renovations. 2020-02-18 11:00 PE01/ 2020
Appointment of a panel of service providers to assist with sighting, drilling, testing & equipping of boreholes in Bojanala District Municipality of the North West Province 2020-02-06 11:00 NW- TEN02(013)19/ 20
Department of Agriculture: Paulpietersburg: Construction of new District office 2020-02-21 11:00 ZNTU 01858 W
Replacement of fence at Nkunzana Clinic, Pongola 2020-02-21 11:00 ZNTU 04233 W
Once Off Supply, Delivery and Installation of Office Furniture for the Pietermaritzburg Deeds Registry. 2020-02-17 11:00 DRDLR (CRD- 07) 2019/ 20
Request to purchase laptops at North Coast Region, Ulundi Contract period: 30 days. 2020-02-21 11:00 ZNQ 19/ 20/ 0024/ NCR

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