Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

The minimum requirements for a Start-up Business to tender.

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

The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act dictates that Organs of State enforce certain minimum requirements when awarding tenders, to verify that an enterprise is legally operating and is tax compliant.

These are:

  1. Company registration documents.
  2. Be registered on the Central Supplier Database
  3. A tax clearance certificate: The business must be registered with SARS for Income Tax purposes:

But remember that to have a registered company and to have a business, is not the same thing.

These items are only the beginning.  Once you comply with these three items you must actively start doing business.  In other words, your business must be a running concern.

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

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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 as an independent environmental control officer ("ECO") by the MLRF in compliance with the stipulations in the environmental management programme ("EMPr") for the sea-based aquaculture development zone ("ADZ") located within Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape, for a period of three (3) years. 2021-08-13 11:00 MLRF176/21
Appointment of a suitable service provider to conduct a research study on the impact of Covid-19 on CATHSSETA sub-sectors and its implications for skills development 2021-08-13 11:00 CATHS/IOC-19/13/2021
Request for information in respect of the implementation and management of a pension fund for the CATHSSETA 2021-08-05 16:00 No reference number
Appointment of professional service provider/s for the feasibility study for Alldays Waste Water Treatment Works for Blouberg LM under Capricon District Municipality in Limpopo Province 2021-08-13 11:00 MISA/BLM/FS/006/2021/22
Request for Expressions of Interest (Consulting Services – Individual Consultants): Development of Regional Curriculum for Teaching / Mentorship on ILO International Classification of Radiographs of the Pneumoconiosis 2021-09-05 14:30 61/AUDA/DPDC/SATBHSS/ICS/2021
The Financial Intelligence Centre request proposals from service providers for the managed service for a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution for a period of thirty-six (36) months annually renewable 2021-08-13 11:00 FIC/RFB/SIEM/02/2021/22
Placement /Outright Purchase of Flow Cytometer 10 Colour Analyser (inclusive of Reagents, QC's and Consumables) for NHLS Groote Schuur Hospital including Service and Maintenance for a period of five (5) years 2021-08-13 11:00 RFB098/20/21
Provision of Ltho Printing of Charts, Copying, Packaging and Distribution of the Aeronautical Information Publication to Meet ICAO Standard 2021-08-13 11:00 SACAA/LP/0007/2021-2022
Provision of Off Site Storage of Records and Files 2021-08-13 11:00 SACAA/OSS/0006/2021-2022
Supplementary Provision of Panel of Attorneys Under the Aviation Law Category 2021-08-13 11:00 SACAA/PAAL/0005/2021-2022
Provision of transportation service of high value minerals within South Africa on behalf of the State Diamond Trader as and when required for a period of 36 months 2021-08-13 11:00 RFP 03/2021
Provision of diamond insurance services for a period of three (3) years 2021-08-13 11:00 RFP 02/2021
Provision of Research Consultancy Services - Student Accommodation 2021-08-13 11:00 SCMN014/2021
Supply and delivery of tools and materials 2021-07-27 10:00 SRVM-RFQ-04/2022
Supply, delivery and installation for the replacement of broken window panels in 7 community halls (Zuney, Paterson, Nomathamsanqa, Valencia, Bersheba, Enon & Bergsig including Paterson Satellite Office) 2021-07-26 12:00 SRVM-RFQ-03/2022
Maintenance of Valencia Cemetery 2021-07-28 12:00 SRVM-RFQ-02/2022
Supply of debtor data verification system 2021-07-26 10:00 SRVM-RFQ-01/2022
Construction health & safety services for a period of three (3) years 2021-08-27 12:00 HES-TECH 01/2122
Aquarium Ship – Forward Mast Rigging Repairs and Replacement 2021-07-30 11:00 RFQ LD 289 20 -07-2021
Provide Maintenance Inspections and servicing of Installed Solar System and accessories at uShaka Marine world for a period of 12 months. 2021-07-30 11:00 BS 37 21-07-2021


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