Issue Date: 
Monday, February 8, 2016

Open and Effective Competition when Bidding   

If one looks at the General Procurement Guidelines that National treasury issued to Government Departments it is clear that Government wants the tender process to be fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective just as Section 217 of the Constitution of South Africa requires. The Guidelines were issued by the Government as a prescription of standards of behavior, ethics and accountability which it requires of its public service as well as a statement of the Government's commitment to a procurement system which enables the emergence of SMME's.

The core principles or five principles of the procurement process in South Africa are:
1.    Value for money
2.    Open and Effective competition
3.    Ethics and Fair Dealing
4.    Accountability and Reporting
5.    Equity

The one we want to focus on today is Paragraph 2 of the General Procurement Guidelines namely "Open and Effective Competition". This means that everybody must have the same chance to respond to a request for quotation or bid. These Guidelines are clear and it states inter alia that: "Departments need to apply effort and research to get the best possible outcome from the market by ensuring that:
a)    potential suppliers have reasonable access to procurement opportunities and that available opportunities are notified at least in the Government Tender Bulletin;
b)    where market circumstances limit competition departments recognize that fact and use procurement methods that take account; of it;
c)    adequate and timely information is provided to suppliers to enable them to bid;
d)    bias and favoritism are eliminated;
e)    the costs of bidding for opportunities do not deter competent suppliers; and
f)    costs incurred in promoting competition are at least commensurate with the benefits received."

Looking at the above it means that Government Entities must advertise their requests for quotations and bids in such a manner that the reasonable business will be able to respond to the request for quotation or bid. Should you come across a request for quotation or bid that were not properly advertised you might want to remind that specific Government Entity about paragraph 2 in the General Procurement Guidelines. It is our duty to make sure these Guidelines are followed.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Training: Accredited service providers to facilitate an accredited protocol/ etiquette and diplomacy course NQF Level 5. (Valid from 01 July 2018 till 30 June 2019). 2018-11-29 10:00 DCG0011643 (Readvertise)
Provision of existing 196m2 leased office accommodation for The Department of Culture Arts and Traditional Affairs at Naledi service point in Vryburg for a period of 36 months. 2019-01-17 11:00 PWR 133/18
Supply & delivery of plinths for minisub and ringmain unit 2018-11-29 10:00 DIE0014914
Supply & delivery of electrical equipment 2018-11-27 12:00 SCM04-2011-18
Supply & delivery of galvanized poles and pole caps 2018-11-29 10:00 DIC0025766 (READVERTISE)
Provision of existing 196m2 leased office accommodation for The Department of Culture Arts and traditional affairs at Kagisano Molopo service point in Ganyesa for a period of 36 months. 2019-01-17 11:00 PWR 124/18
Supply & delivery of blue jot – it down notebook – 75 with full colour branding. 2018-11-29 10:00 DCG0011888
Supply & delivery of seedling & trees 2018-11-27 12:00 SCM03-2011-18
Cleaning of Reservoirs and Towers 2019-01-22 10:30 JWOPS 015/17RT
Appoint a service provider for the construction of ten (10) timber wendy house units in various areas. 2018-11-27 14:00 1056812
Cleaning and Maintenance of Outfall Sewers. 2019-01-22 10:30 JW OPS 043/18
Printed Books 2018-11-27 14:00 PNQ2 PRINTED BOOKS
Construction of multipurpose community centre building - phase 2B white location, Knysna. 2019-01-23 12:00 T 31/2018/19
Supply and Delivery of One Automated Mineralogical Scanning Electron Microscope based mineral/phase analyser (QEMSCAN) including Training. 2019-01-24 10:00 ERIC0340
Consulting Services- Digital Archivist & Librarian within the Directorate of Information & Communication 2018-12-07 15:00 Re advert- AUC/DIC/IC/327
Supply of hygiene products and services. 2019-01-24 12:00 33/2018
Provision of basic sanitation services in informal settlements with The City of Johannesburg on an as and when required basis. 2019-01-25 10:30 JW 13855
The supply and delivery of water meters 2018-11-28 12:00 61954
Panel to provide travel management services. 2019-01-25 12:00 36/2018
Supply and installation of security parameter fencing at Matopie High Site, Franschhoek. 2018-11-28 11:00 FQ/SM: 75/19

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Advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums

Consortiums are often considered as entities to use when responding to tenders in South Africa. The question that arises is whether to use a Consortium or a Joint Venture when responding to a tender. To help you with this we have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages for both Consortiums as well as Joint Ventures. In this article we list the advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums. Look out for the same article on Joint Ventures.

Consortiums Advantages:

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