Issue Date: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Must my business be registered in order to tender?

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Once, a very anxious business owner phoned me and asked if I can supply him with a CK number. I was amused by this and first asked why he asked me for such a number and secondly for what did he need a CK number for? He said that because of my Tender Manual that he bought, he thought that maybe I can help him with a CK number. Also, at the briefing session of the tender that he was responding to, the person in charge of the tender said that if the responders to this tender didn't have a CK number their tender responses would be disqualified!

Obviously I was flattered by the compliment that this person thought I could help him with everything regarding his tender response but I was really confused why all responders to this specific tender needed a CK number. Now, for those of you that do not know what a CK number is, it is the general term that is given for a Close Corporation registration number; all Close Corporation numbers started with the prefix CK followed by some numbers. The ridiculousness of this statement – that all responders must provide a CK number – just proved how little this official new about general business in South Africa.

This brings us to the question - must I have a Registered Business to respond to tenders in South Africa. The short answer is simply no; you don't need a Registered Business to respond to a tender.

In South Africa you can do business in various forms of entities. The most popular of course is a Private Company or (Pty) Ltd as it is commonly known. In 1984 the South African Government of the time thought it good to give an alternative to the Private Company in the form of a Close Corporation. The idea behind the Close Corporation was to make it easier for entrepreneurs to have access to a legal business entity. The Close Corporation as a legal entity was very popular in the 1980's and 1990's. It became less popular as business owners realized that it didn't provide sufficient security against them personally and eventually Close Corporation registrations were stopped in 2011. Close Corporations that are still in existence can still operate but no new ones are allowed to register.

The fact of the matter is that if you respond to Public Sector tenders you are allowed to respond in your own name. The Standard Bidding Documents makes provision for this. Just remember that you will still need all the compulsory documents to respond to the tender albeit in your own name.

Then there is the question of experience; the Evaluation Committee members may think that you lack experience if you do not respond in the name of a Legal Entity. And as we all know, experience counts when you respond to a tender.

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 www.howtotender.co.za. Please contact Estelle at Estelle@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

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Placement and maintenance of Luminex immune based system of tissue typing and antibody screen for a period of five(5) years at Tswane hospital 2019-04-05 11:00 RFB 167/ 18/ 19
Procure a pathogen identification system for public health laboratory, infection services laboratory for a period of five (5) years at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital 2019-04-04 11:00 RFB 160/ 18/ 19
Bid for the supply and delivery of theatre consumables to all hospitals/institutions under the control of the Department of Health, Western Cape Government for a three year period 2019-04-12 11:00 WCGHCC041/ 2018
Supply and delivery of one optical fibre reflectometer to characterise optical fibre networks and photonic subsystems used for radio astronomy applications including all test peripherals required by the reflectometer, calibration, and routine servicing support. The contract is for a period of five years 2019-04-05 11:00 NRF SARAO SKRF 001 2019
(Re-advertisement) Supply, delivery and commissioning of electrical equipment and panels for NQF level 3, 4 & trade test 2019-04-12 11:00 LEPTVETCOL2019/ 001
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The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the appointment of a Service Provider for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Special Maintenance of Structures and Drainage on an ad-hoc basis on the National Route network in the Western and Northern Cape. 2019-04-12 14:00 X005- 021- 2018/ 1F
Panel of service providers to provide an electronic / web based or application solution access to credit and background information of individuals, companies , fixed properties etc. and ability to conduct searches on such information to the NPA for a period of three (3) years 2019-04-15 11:00 NPA 14- 18/ 19
Provisioning of Catering services to RTMC Training College 2019-04-09 11:00 RTMC BID 24/ 2018/ 19
Provision of Services of an Occupational Medical Practitioner (OMP) and Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner (OHNP) for Parliament of RSA 2019-03-29 12:00 B1/ 2019
Phuthaditjhaba Department of Pension Administration Agency: Alternative Office Accommodation and Parking Facilities 329.32m² And 23 Parking Bays(3 Years) 2019-04-09 11:00 BL18/ 098
Supply, Delivery, Erection, Maitainance and Removal of Movable Infrastructure for the 2019 Presidential Inauguration 2019-04-09 11:00 HP18/ 021GS
Rendering of a Service in Respect of the Supply, Erection and Removal Fencing and Related Requirements for the Department Of Public Works 2019-04-09 11:00 HP18/ 018GS
Hire of suitable furnished residential accommodation:6x1 bedroomed flat/apartments plus 6 secure on site-parking bays and for medical interns 4x1 bedroomed flat/apartments plus 4 secure on site parking bays at Edumbe CHC, Edumbe: Department of Health . Contract Period: 12 months and 24 months for medical interns 2019-04-15 11:00 ZNT 7859 W
Hire of suitable furnished residential accommodation:10x1 bedroomed flat/apartments plus 10 secure on site-parking bays and for CSO’’s for 12 months and 10x1 bedroomed flat/apartments plus 10 secure onsite parking bays and for medical interns for 24 months at Ngwelezane Hospital, Ngwelezane: Department of Health 2019-04-15 11:00 ZNT 7861 W
VMWare Software 2019-04-05 12:30 10401236
Checkpoint 2019-04-05 11:00 10401237
Hire of suitable furnished residential accommodation:15x1 bedroomed flat/apartments plus 15 secure on site-parking bays at Eshowe Hospital, Eshowe: Department of Health 2019-04-15 11:00 ZNT 7860 W
Saldanha: Military Base: Construction of new sick bay facility 2019-04-17 11:00 CPT1019/ 18
Presidential Inauguration: Provision of Stage, Sound, Big Screen and Related Infrastructure at Loftus Versfeld Stadium Functionality Criteria 2019-04-09 11:00 HP18/ 016GS

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Must my business be registered in order to tender?

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Once, a very anxious business owner phoned me and asked if I can supply him with a CK number. I was amused by this and first asked why he asked me for such a number and secondly for what did he need a CK number for? He said that because of my Tender Manual that he bought, he thought that maybe I can help him with a CK number. Also, at the briefing session of the tender that he was responding to, the person in... Read More

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