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.
Request for Proposals: Production of Functional Requirements and Development of a Minimum Viable Product for the PSET CLOUD. 2021-05-16 17:00 No reference number
RFQ for Quotations (RFQ) to appoint a service provider/supplier to review the Corporate Governance Framework of SACNASP and to develop a Delegation Framework and to align SACNASP’s Corporate Governance with Enterprise Risk Management. 2021-04-21 11:00 No reference number
The provision of internal audit services for the KZN Growth Fund Trust for the period of thirty-six (36) months. 2021-05-04 12:00 KGFT - RFP 2021/02
Consultancy services to establish the Africa CDC Regional Integrated Surveillance and Laboratory Network (RISLNET) in Southern Africa 2021-05-04 15:00 ET-AUC-225259-CS-QCBS
Appointment of a service provider for provision of short-term insurance for three (3) years for council for medical schemes 2021-05-10 11:00 CMS022021/22
Appointment of a service provider for provision of human resource service (job evaluation and salary benchmarking) for three (3) months 2021-05-10 11:00 CMS01/2021/22
Appointment of a travel management company (TMC) for three (3) years for the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) 2021-05-10 11:00 CMS03/2021/22
Supply, installation and management of a prepayment electricity vending system 2021-05-14 12:00 SCM/20218/204/FIN
Supply and Delivery of Personal Protective Clothing for a period of 3 years. 2021-05-14 14:00 SCM 13/2021
ICT Support Services and Licensing for a period of 3 years. 2021-05-14 12:00 SCM9/2020/21
Appointment of electrical contractor for supply, delivery and installation of high mast lighting for a three -year period as and when required in the eastern region 2021-05-20 11:00 BID NO: 292/2021
Appointment of electrical contractors for supply, delivery and installation of high mast lighting for a three -year period as and when required in the southern region 2021-05-20 11:00 Bid No: 293/2021
Three year contract for road resealing & repairs for the City of Mbombela 2021-05-21 11:00 BID NO: 243/2020
Enlistment of training providers in the panel of accredited training service providers for the implementation of training projects funded by the department through the environmental protection and infrastructure programme (epip) on “as and when required basis” over a period of three (3) years. 2021-04-30 11:00 DFFE -T001 (21/22)
Supply and delivery of cast iron saddles 2021-04-19 12:00 RFQ319/2020/21
Supply and fit broken flywheel housing and repair engine block on Nissan UD70 Truck. 2021-04-19 12:00 RFQ317/20/2021
Supply and delivery of tared Pinus Radiata wooden poles 2021-04-19 12:00 RFQ321/2020/21
Supply and fit Tata LPT 1518TC truck reconditioned engine with a warranty 2021-04-19 12:00 RFQ322/20/2021
Pool of consultants for financial services provider to be appointed in the Greater Giyani Municipality for the period of three (3) years 2021-04-28 12:00 G/G/M/6105/001/2021
Supply and delivery of structural fire fighting helmets and spare structural fire fighting helmet face shields (visor) and fire fighting goggles 2021-04-19 12:00 RFQ323/2020/21

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

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