Issue Date: 
Monday, September 1, 2014

Must my business be registered in order to tender?

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

1 September 2014

Once, a very anxious business owner phoned me and asked if I could supply him with a CK number. I was amused by this and first asked why he asked me for such a number and secondly what did he need a CK number for? He said that because he had bought my Tender Manual he thought that may be I can help him with a CK number. Also, at the briefing session of the tender which 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 business in general 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 via various 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.

Until next time, keep on responding to those tenders and if you need an edge visit our website atwww.how2tender.com for more information or buy our Tender Manual.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Stimulator, Peripheral, Nerve For Internal and External Block 2018-01-30 11:00 ZNQ 899/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Supply: 8 x units phonak nadia s 1 up with bone. Bone conduction hearing aid 2018-01-31 11:00 ZNQ 493/ 17
Syringe pump (HOSP) E 160 AS HTS SPECIFICATION UMDNS: 13217 E132 (ELECTRONICS) 2018-01-26 11:00 ZNQ 393/ 17/ 18
Cleaning of Diesel Tanks 2018-02-06 11:00 ZNQ 189/ 17 - 18 GAZ
12 MONTH CONTRACT - Supply of - Intra Ocular 3 Piece Lens with Different Sizes 2018-02-19 11:00 ZNQ - 540/ 17
Provision of pest control services for the period of 12 months to all the clinic’s under Nseleni CHC. namely: uMbonambi, Nhlabane, Sokhulu, Sappi, Cinci, Dondotha, Ocilwane and Ntambanana 2018-02-09 11:00 739 / 2017- 2018
12 MONTH CONTRACT - Units x 6 552 - Supply of - Eye Patches Junior 6 x 4.8cm As per Specification 2018-02-19 11:00 ZNQ - 535/ 17
Supply and Deliver Gauze Swabs 100 x 100mm - 8ply Sterile 2018-02-01 11:00 ZNQ 170/ 1718
Provision of pest control services for the period of 12 months to Nseleni CHC and Old clinic x 2 2018-02-09 11:00 740 / 2017- 2018
Cotton wool balls , absorbent, sterile, 0,5g. Specifications will be available with tender documents. 2018-01-30 11:00 ZNQ 1049/ 17 - 18 GAZ
12 month contract - Units x 1 368 - Supply of - Opthalmic Knife 2.3mm 2018-02-19 11:00 SALGA/ 57/ 2017
Conduct an Education Management Information System (EMIS) Data Quality Audit In 92 Schools and Compile and Submit Reports With Findings and Recommendations from the date of conclusion of the Contract Until 31 May 2018. 2018-02-09 11:00 B/ WCED 2432/ 17
H.B. STICKS “ REF 201”. Specifications will be available with tender documents. 2018-01-30 11:00 ZNQ 1050/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Dressing adherent, transparent 10.0 x 12cm 2018-01-30 11:00 ZNQ 1044/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Appointment of a Service Provider For Bontle Ke Botho (BKB) Greening Project 2018-02-09 15:00 GT/ GDARD/ 023/ 2018
12 month contract - Units x 24 600 - Supply of - Eye Pads Sterile As per Specification NB: please provide samples 2018-02-19 11:00 ZNQ - 537/ 17
Paper, sterilization crepe green, 900 x 1300mm 2018-01-30 11:00 ZNQ 1048/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Tape surgical, adhesive film 50mm x 5m. 2018-01-30 11:00 ZNQ 1047/ 17 - 18 GAZ
12 Month contract - Units x 2 400 - Supply of - Opthalmic Knife 15 Degrees 2018-02-19 11:00 ZNQ - 539/ 17
Supply and Delivery of Frozen Vegetables, Fresh Vegetables and Fresh Fruits to the three (3) Central Hospitals (Groote Schuur-, Tygerberg- and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospitals) on a Twelve (12) Month Contract Period with an Option to Extend the Contract for a Further Twelve (12) Months Based on Performance 2018-02-20 11:00 Q750940

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