Issue Date: 
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Local content calculation in tenders

The National Government has introduced "designated sectors" which are sectors, sub-sectors or industries that have been designated by the Department of Trade and Industry in line with national development and industrial policies for local production, where only locally produced services, works or goods or locally manufactured goods meet the stipulated minimum threshold for local production and content1.

What is Local Content and how must we apply it in our tender responses?

Local Content is Local Value Added in South Africa by South African recourses. Where a tender response contains a combination of local and imported goods and/or services, the tender price must be separated into its local and imported components as per the Standard Bidding Document 6.2

Where it becomes tricky is Annexure C, D and E that needs to be completed before Standard Bidding Document 6.2 can be completed. Because little of tender responders read the tender document very carefully this requirement is overlooked. This makes it very difficult to complete Standard Bidding Document 6.2.

It is important to know the sequence in which these annexures must be completed. Completing it in the wrong sequence is going to lead to much frustration on the side of the bidder.

Please remember that you as bidder will be contractually required to maintain records to certify imported content, for example, invoice of materials, expenditure records and income statements.

It must be emphasized that when you respond to a tender you must ensure you know which goods and/or services you can claim as Local Content. Be aware that certain tenders will exclude cost such as the following from Local Content:

  • finance charges;
  • property; and
  • deployment fees of the operations contractor.

The designated sectors together with its minimum thresholds can be found at: http://www.thedti.gov.za/industrial_development/ip.jsp.

There is an increase in the drive from National as well as Provincial Government to promote Local Content. This drive is not a South African initiative but a world wide trend. In a South African context it is good because it stimulates internal growth of the economy.

Local Content is a difficult item in any tender. Many bidders don't know whether or not it is applicable to them. We understand the Local Content criteria and documents.

If you want to know more about Local Content contact us to find out when our next Local Content workshop is taking place in your area.
werner@how2tender.com

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender which specializes in tender consulting and tender training. (04/05/2018)

1.  Definition of "designated Sectors" as per SBD document 6.2.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Provision of Office Accommodation: Beaufort West Satellite Office for a leased period of 5 years.(Leases ranging from seven to ten years will also be considered). 2018-10-26 11:00 38/ 2018
Provision of Office Accommodation: Vredendal Local Office for a leased period of 5 years.(Leases ranging from seven to ten years will also be considered). 2018-10-26 11:00 37/ 2018
Provision of Office Accommodation: Carletonville Satellite Office for a leased period of 5 years. 2018-10-26 11:00 46/ 2018
Provision of Office Accommodation: Wolmaranstad Satellite Office for a leased period of 5 years. 2018-10-26 11:00 50/ 2018
Provision of Office Accommodation: Pretoria Local Office for a leased period of 5 years. 2018-10-26 01:00 52/ 2018
KwaZulu-Natal: Department of Public Works: eThekwini Regional Office: Mayville Offices–South Wing: Upgrade of Air Conditioning System 2018-10-26 11:00 ZNTD 03279W
KwaZulu-Natal: Department of Public Works: eThekwini Region: Durban: Installation of 800KVA standby generator for the Mayville Complex and Relocation of the existing 400KVA to iLembe District Office. 2018-10-29 11:00 ZNTD 04430W
Appointment of a panel of service providers to undertake building maintenance and roof repair work for the KZN Department of Human Settlements on a rotational basis for a period of 2 years. 2018-10-24 11:00 ZNB17/ 2017/ 18HSE
Appointment of a panel of service providers to undertake land clearing work / field maintenance for The KZN Department of Human Settlements on a rotational basis for a period of 2 years. 2018-10-25 11:00 ZNB19/ 2017/ 18HSE
Appointment of a service provider to conduct wellness screening and related support services for employees within the employ of the Kwazulu-Natal Legislature. 2018-10-24 11:00 KZNL 17/ 2018
Supply, delivery and off-loading perishable provisions. 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 06/2018 LIMPOPO
Consultancy Services - Designing a Programme for Renewable Energy Development in African Island States (REAIS) 2018-11-02 15:00 AUC/IED/C/378
Painting of palisade fencing at Ezamokuhle 1, Ezamokuhle 2, Grootdraai and Kendal ambient air quality sites using Cowrie Gold Colour Powder Coating Paint. 2018-11-01 10:00 ERIC1107
Supply and delivery of laboratory chemicals, reagents, glassware and consumables as and when required for a period of five (5) years. 2018-10-31 10:00 ERIC0588
Provision of Facility Management Services to Eskom Real Estate in the Free State Operating Unit for 3 years (NONE TECHNICAL) Cleaning & Gardening. 2018-11-15 10:00 MdB18/24
Request for information on multiple gauge coach bogie. 2018-11-27 10:00 TE18-BFX-05G-06843
Vat Review. 2018-11-06 12:00 VDM/FIN/11/09/2018/01
General medical practitioner (36 months). 2018-11-19 12:00 ULM-INFR009/19
The maintenance, repair and testing of earth equipment's for various zones within the Limpopo Operating Unit on an "as and when" required basis for a period of thirty-six (36)months. 2018-10-24 10:00 PTB1362
Supply and maintenance of printer machines. 2018-10-24 12:00 MN06/2018-19

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