Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Local and Imported content – Important things you need to know 

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

South Africa needs to create new jobs.  One way to do this is by ensuring that the manufacturing sector is constantly growing.  To encourage economic growth and to stimulate job creation the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) has designated industries, sectors and sub-sectors for local production at a specified level of local content You can find out which these sectors are by visiting their website at

But what is Imported Content and why must we know what Local Content is?  For you to understand this better here are eight important things you need to know about Imported Content:

  1. According to SATS 1286:2011 (SATS stands for South African Technical Specification and SATS1286:2011 specifically deals with preferential procurement and the measurement and verification of Local Content), the local content of a product is the tender price less the value of imported content, expressed as a percentage.
  2. It is, therefore, necessary to first calculate the imported value of a product to determine the local content of a product.
  3. Identify the imported content, if any, by value for components or material or services (Goods).
  4. In the case of Goods sourced from a South African manufacturer, agent, supplier or subcontractor (i.e. third party), obtain that information and Declaration D (This is the imported content declaration (Annexure D) that must be completed during the tender process) from the third party.
  5. Especially important to know as stated in clause 3.2.4 of SATS 1286:2011: “If information on the origin of the Goods is not available, it will be deemed to be imported content”.
  6. Imported content of Goods are separated into two categories, namely:
    1. Goods imported directly by the tenderer; and
    2. Goods imported by a third party and supplied to the tenderer.
  7. When the tenderer supplies Goods that are imported by any third party (for example, a domestic manufacturer, agent, supplier, or subcontractor in the supply chain), the onus is on the tenderer to obtain verifiable evidence from the third party.
  8. Exemptions, if any, are granted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI).  Evidence of the exemptions must be provided and included in Annexure D.

Once you have determined the Important Content of your goods you can determine if you are within the Local Content limits set out in the Designated Sector list.

Remember that when you respond to a tender and your product has to comply with Local Content then you will have to complete Standard Bidding Document 6.2 as well as Annexures C, D and E. Failure to complete these Annexures (Declarations) will lead to disqualification of your tender.

How to Tender present a “Local Content Specialist” workshop which teaches the bidder how to complete the Local Content Documents (SBD 6.2 and Annexures C, D & E) correctly.  You can book and pay online at

To learn more about tenders, attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.  Book and pay online at

Contact us at should you require more information.

You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website 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 render hygiene and deep cleaning service to the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development at, Agriculture Place, Sefala Building, Harvest House, 140 Hamilton Forum Building, Delpen Building, Roodeplaat Plant Genetic Resource Centre and Arc Silverton office and maintance thereof for a period of twenty four (24) months 2021-03-23 11:00 5-2-2-1 DARLRRD 0075 (2020-2021)
Board Members Training on Space Business related matters – Re-advertised 2021-03-16 15:00 CO/171/02/2021
Appointment of a service provider for online digital media requirements, for a period of one year 2021-03-12 12:00 MM004 OF 2021
Invitation for tender for scrap prepaid meters in various sites at Gauteng CNC's 2021-03-08 10:00 OLT1246568
Purchase and removal of 11 x scrap KVA transfomers from Makhutshwe CNC 2021-03-10 10:00 OLT1243608
Invitation to service providers to conduct organisational design for CIPC 2021-04-08 11:00 CIPC Bid Number: 17/2020/2021
Appointment of a tertiary institution to provide services on a partly planned partly responsive basis through an infrastructure research chair platform for a period of 1 year with an option to extend for another year subject to satisfactory performance. 2021-03-25 23:45 RFP050/2021
The provision of comprehensive insurance for a period of 36 (thirtysix) months. 2021-04-02 11:00 SAHRA/SCM/01/27/01/2021
Pecan nut book English 2021-03-05 16:00 ARC-ITSC RFQ-008548
Services of fire extinguishers 2021-03-05 16:00 ARC-ITSC RFQ-007321
Supply and repairs power equipment for 24 months as and when required 2021-03-11 10:00 OPS 20-21-100
Provision of Provision of Secure Mobile Data Services 2021-03-19 12:00 SCM/2021/50/CORP
Supply, Install & Support of Internet Connectivity 2021-03-19 12:00 SCM/2021/51/CORP
Supply and support of CAD software and services 2021-03-26 12:00 SCM/2021/52/CORP
Supply & Delivery of Tablets and Rugged Mobile Devices 2021-03-26 12:00 SCM/2021/53/CORP
Appointment of a contractor for general building maintenance and handyman services at the NLC Northern Cape Provincial Office in Kimberly for a period of thirty-six (36) months 2021-03-11 11:00 RFP/2021-051
Supply and delivery of fire-fighting pumps 2021-03-12 11:00 T 2020/100
Langkloff 66/66kv switching station decommissioning project 2021-03-25 10:00 EZN5863R
Bid for the establishment of a panel of professional service providers to provide transactional advisory services to MEGA on mining and other projects for a period of three (03) years 2021-04-08 12:00 MEGA/2020/08
Bid to provide on-site and off-site branding materials, promotional activations and digitization of MEGA services bouquet for a period of three (03) years 2021-04-22 12:00 MEGA/2020/10


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