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.
The appointment of a Professional Service Provider (PSP) to plan, design and project manage the upgrade of bulk infrastructure at the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. 2018-10-12 12:15 GT/ GDARD/ 128/ 2018
Supply and Deliver 1x Pre- Fabricated Laboratory at St Elizabeth Hospital Including all Interior and Exterior Finishes 2018-10-15 11:00 RFB074/ 18- 19
Proposal to plan, design and project manage the refurbishment and upgrading of The Vereeniging Fresh Produce Market (VFPM). 2018-10-12 11:00 GT/ GDARD/ 127/ 2018
Placement or Outright purchase of Dried Blood Spot punch Analyser NICD HIV Sero-Molecular Laboratory for a period of three years 2018-10-15 11:00 RFB080/ 18/ 19
Westcol hereby invite bids from established, registered providers to provide physical security services (guards) to one or more of the following Westcol campuses for a period of 24 months. Krugersdorp; Krugersdorp West; Randfontein; Magaliesburg; Carletonville. 2018-10-12 10:00 WT 2018/ 0003
Placement or Outright Purchase of Film Coverslipper Analyser for NHLS Braamfontein, Doctor Goerge Mukhari Hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and Nioh For a period of three years 2018-10-15 11:00 RFB081/ 18/ 19
Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate Office: Rendering Of Cleaning Services For 24 Months. 2018-10-16 11:00 BL18/ 061
Rendering of travel agency services to the Department of Social Development (excluding MEC & HOD),for a period of 36 months. 2018-10-05 11:00 NC/ SOC/ 013/ 2018
Supply , Delivery and Off-loading of Perishable Provisions for Thohoyandou and Polokwane management areas ( Limpopo Province) 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 06/ 2018 LIMPOPO
Appointment of service providers to implement The Animal and Veld Management Programme (AVMP) Soil Rehabilitation Projects in Spitskop and Zandmartinsdrift Land Reform Farms in the Edinburg area in Kopanong Local Municipality within Xhariep District Municipality as well as in De Hoop Land Reform Farm in the Bloemfontein area within Mangaung Metro Municipality in the Free State province. 2018-10-05 11:00 PSSC- RID- FS 0004 (2018/ 2019)
Supply, Delivery and Off-loading of Perishable Provisions at Klerksdorp, Rooigrond and Rustenburg Management Areas (North -West Province) 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 04/ 2018 NORTH - WEST
Appointment of service providers to implement The Animal and Veld Management Programme (AVMP) Soil Rehabilitation Project in Rietfontein Land Reform Farm in the Soutpan area in Masilonyana Local Municipality within Lejweleputswa District Municipality in the Free State province. 2018-10-05 11:00 PSSC- RID- FS 0003 (2018/ 2019)
Supply , Delivery and Off-loading of Perishable Provisions at Barberton ,Bethal and Witbank management areas( Mpumalanga Province) 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 05/ 2018 MPUMALANGA
Appointment of a service provider to render security guarding services at the Department of Public Service and Administration for a period of two (2) years. 2018-10-12 11:00 DPSA002/ 2018
Provision of Geographical Information Solution (GIS) including maintenance and support services. 2018-10-24 11:00 RFP 29/ 2018
6000 units of emollient bp cream with chlorocresol 500g, or equivalent 2018-10-08 11:00 ZnqLS443/ 18gaz
Butterworth Magistrate: Repairs & Servicing of Air-Conditioners. 2018-10-11 11:00 MTH 59/ 2018
36 units of Dextran 40, 10% in sodium chloride injection iv solution, 0.9% 500ml (Rheomacrodex), or equivalent 2018-10-08 11:00 ZnqLS442/ 18gaz
Drain cleaning and verge maintenance on Road P242, from 0.00KM TO 9.9KM. 2018-09-27 11:00 ZNT373T/ 2/ 4/ CDUR/ 601/ S/ 10/ 2018- 19
Drain cleaning and verge maintenance on main road P100 section 1&2 between chainage 0.00KM to chainage 14.5KM. 2018-09-27 11:00 ZNT373T/ 2/ 4/ CDUR/ 601/ S/ 05/ 2018- 19

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