Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Open and effective competition when bidding 

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

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 Government issued these guidelines as a prescription of standards of behaviour, 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:

  1. potential suppliers have reasonable access to procurement opportunities and that available opportunities are notified at least in the Government Tender Bulletin;
  2. where market circumstances limit competition departments recognize that fact and use procurement methods that take account; of it;
  3. adequate and timely information is provided to suppliers to enable them to bid;
  4. bias and favouritism are eliminated;
  5. the costs of bidding for opportunities do not deter competent suppliers; and
  6. 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.

To learn more about tenders, attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.  Book and pay online at https://howtotender.co.za/tender-expert-form/

Contact us at wernervr@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.

You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website https://howtotender.co.za/ 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.
Supply, deliver and offload new tractors and implements at Ethekwini and Ilembe District Offices 2020-07-30 11:00 DARD10/ 20A
Appointment of service provider to oversee the implementation of four (04) Agri-hubs in KwaZulu Natal Province. 2020-07-30 11:00 DARD09/ 20A
For the supply and delivery of frozen vegetable products for the Food Services Department at Tygerberg Hospital for a twelve (12) month period, effective 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2021 with the option to extend on a month to month basis not exceeding four (4) months 2020-08-07 11:00 TBH 306/ 2020
For the supply and delivery of frozen fish products for the Food Services Department at Tygerberg Hospital for a twelve (12) month period with the option to extend on a month to month basis not exceeding four (4) months 2020-08-07 11:00 TBH 305/ 2020
For the supply and delivery of fresh vegetable products for the Food Services Department at Tygerberg Hospital for a twelve (12) month period, effective 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2021 with the option to extend on a month to month basis not exceeding four (4) months 2020-08-07 11:00 TBH 307/ 2020
For the supply and delivery of fresh meat products for the Food Services Department at Tygerberg Hospital for a twelve (12) month period, effective 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2021 with the option to extend on a month to month basis not exceeding four (4) months 2020-08-07 11:00 TBH 302/ 2020
Supply, Install and Configure Mainframe Print Management Software, including Maintenance and Support to SITA for a period of three (3) years 2020-07-31 11:00 RFB 2170- 2020
Supply and Delivery of Laptops 2020-07-31 11:00 RFT- 2- 2020/ 21
Appointment of a service provider or independent ICT consultants for the provision of outsourced ICT management services for a period of 3 years 2020-08-07 11:00 EWSETA/RFP/14/2020
The appointment of a reputable stationery supplier to supply and deliver stationery for a period of three (03) years (36 months) to all SITA office country wide 2020-07-31 11:00 RFB 2149/ 2020
Provision of Security Services at Department of Public Works, Southern Regional Office,10-18 Prince Alfred Street extension, Pietermaritzburg, for the period of 24 months 2020-08-12 11:00 ZNT 2956W
Supply, delivery, end-user training, demonstration, installation & commissioning of a mobile x-ray c-arm flat panel used for complex orthopaedic trauma surgery: Dr Pixley Ka Seme Memorial Hospital: ONCE-OFF 2020-08-03 11:00 ZNB 9803/ 2020- H
Appointment of a service provider for the supply, delivery and offloading of pharmaceuticals. 2020-07-15 10:00 Q01-2020 21
Request for bid for the appointment of a service provider for implementation, support and maintenance of the ICT network switching infrastructure 2020-07-29 11:00 SADPMR13/2020
Appointment of a service provider for the supply, delivery and offloading of intravenous fluids. 2020-07-15 10:00 Q02-2020 21
Appointment of a service provider for the supply and deliver of masks 2020-07-20 09:00 RLM/DRT/0097/2019/20
Market research analysis for PRASA house 2020-07-14 14:00 RFQ01/0607/2020
Panel of legal firms for the period of 36 months to be appointed as and when required 2020-08-11 12:00 G/G/M/6108/001/2021
Provision of Comprehensive Events Management Services For Transnet SOC Ltd (REG. NO. 1990/000900) Operating as Transnet Port Terminals (hereinafter referred to as “TPT”) For Head Office and all TPT Terminals For a Period of Two Years 2020-08-25 10:00 iCLM HQ 421/TPT
Supply and delivery of clinic medication (purchasing agreement for 36 months-on an as and when basis 2020-07-17 10:00 OPS 19/20-039-04

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