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.
Appointment of a service provider to implement an electronic document and records management system for Chief Directorate: Professional Ethics 2019-02-01 11:00 OPSC 006/ 18
Appointment of a service provider for garden maintenance at the National Research Foundation in Pretoria for a period of five years 2019-02-13 11:00 NRF/ RISA B&M/ 006/ 2018
Appointment of a service provider for the provision of security services for the National Lotteries Commission for Free State Office (Welkom) 2019-02-18 11:00 NLC/ 2018 - 22
Provision of physical security services at the South African Medical Research Council Sites 2019-02-15 11:00 SAMRC/ FMPPSG/ 2018/ 14
Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning Project 2019-02-15 12:00 RFP_2019_RPS_00001
Consulting Services on the Management and Supervision of the implementation of the MNJTF Command, Control, Communication and Information System (C3IS) and Aerial Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (A-ISR) Service Contracts. 2019-02-04 15:00 AUC/PSOD/EU/QCBS/C-01/2016
Production and Delivery Of The Annual Report of merSETA For Periods 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 2019-02-07 11:00 RFP 005/ 2018
Appointment of a service provider for the supply and delivery of a new network performance monitoring system for the quality of services monitoring (QoS) on an 80/20 PPPFA 2000, Preferential Procurement Regulation: 2017 2019-02-19 11:00 ICASA 19/ 2018
Provision of Accredited Training, Establish SMME’s and Cooperatives, Provide Readiness. 2019-02-08 11:00 GEP005/ YOUTHPMO/ 18
Physical verification of all spaza shops in the Gauteng Region 2019-02-08 11:00 GEP003/ SPAZASHOPSPROJECT/ 18
Supply and delivery of Cleaning Chemical [As and when required] to various EKZNW resorts for a period of 3 years. 2019-02-15 11:00 EKZNW 01/ 2019
Supply and Delivery of fencing materials at Hluhluwe Game Reserve. 2019-02-15 11:00 EKZNW 04/ 2019
Provision of cleaning services at the Gauteng Department of Economic Development and Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development including regional offices. 2019-02-08 11:00 GT/ GDED/ 004/ 2019
South African Social Security Agency: Verulam Local Office: Procurement of Office Accommodation and Parking: Office space required of 832.44m² and 27 Secured parking bays on site.The building should be located in the Verulam CBD. 2019-02-12 11:00 DBN18/ 11/ 11
SAPS VISS and TRT: Port Shepstone: Procurement of Alternative Office Accommodation and Parking for the period of 5 years. Office space required should be able to cater for 1868.75m², 432 parking bays and 02 wash bays. Building to be located within the Port Shepstone area. 2019-02-20 11:00 DBN19/ 01/ 01
Removal of Healthcare risk waste: Various Correctional Centres - KwaZulu Natal Region for a period of 12 months 2019-02-18 11:00 KZN 09/ 2018
Appointment of a company to provide a suitable marine survey vessel for the Council for Geoscience for a period of three (3) years. 2019-02-18 11:00 CGS- 2018- 39F
Appointment of service provider for a Deep Vertical Stratigraphic Research Core Borehole for the Karoo Deep Drilling Programme in T Beaufort West. 2019-02-18 11:00 CGS- 2018- 045A
The purpose of this Request for Quotation (RFQ) is to invite proposals for the provision of catering services to the Tribunal. It is the Tribunal’s intention to appoint three (3) service providers onto a Panel of Preferred Suppliers for catering services. Please read the RFQ Documents for all the requirements. 2019-02-15 11:00 ER- RFQ/ 2018- 2019/ 11/ Catering
Appointment of a service provider to provide office lease space on a lease agreement for the CCMA Tzaneen Office for a period of five (5) years. 80/20 Principle will apply. 2019-02-08 11:00 CCMA/ 2018/ 06ALIMP

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By W van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

A Joint Ventures is a good business idea to compete for tenders if one does not have all the necessary expertise that are required from a specific tender. The thing to remember though is that you must have a solid Joint Venture Agreement in place for your Joint Venture. A good, rock solid Joint Venture Agreement will protect the participants to the Joint Venture.

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