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.
VMWare Software 2019-04-05 12:30 10401236
Checkpoint 2019-04-05 11:00 10401237
Hire of suitable furnished residential accommodation:15x1 bedroomed flat/apartments plus 15 secure on site-parking bays at Eshowe Hospital, Eshowe: Department of Health 2019-04-15 11:00 ZNT 7860 W
Saldanha: Military Base: Construction of new sick bay facility 2019-04-17 11:00 CPT1019/ 18
Presidential Inauguration: Provision of Stage, Sound, Big Screen and Related Infrastructure at Loftus Versfeld Stadium Functionality Criteria 2019-04-09 11:00 HP18/ 016GS
Pretoria: Procurement of Office Accommodation of 563.64 square meters and 19 parking bays usage by the Department of Science and Technology (National Advisory Council on Innovation) for a period of 3 years preferably in Lynwood, Sciencia Park 2019-04-09 11:00 Pt18/ 083
Remedy 2019-04-05 11:30 10401239
Pretoria: Procurement of Office Accommodation of 563.64 square meters and 19 parking bays usage by the Department of Science and Technology (National Intellectual Property Management Office) for a period of 3 years preferably in Lynwood, Sciencia Park 2019-04-09 11:00 Pt18/ 084
Bid for the Appointment of a Service Provider for the Provision of Cleaning and Hygiene Services to the Deaprtment of Labour Head Office for a period of two years 2019-04-12 11:00 BID LAB 01/ 2019
Provision of Cleaning Services at Mthatha Medical Depot 2019-04-12 11:00 SCMU3- 19/ 20- 0018- HO
Appointment of a Service Provider to Quantify Asbestos Fibres in Different Environmental Samples for a period of three (3) years 2019-04-16 11:00 CGS- 2018- 057A
Procurement of a Grade B Building for Ceta Academy 2019-04-08 11:00 010- 2018/ 2019
Preferred Service Providers for Technical Services (Roads & Civil Works) For Coega Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 68/ 19
Registration on New loveLife Trust Supplier Database 2019-04-12 12:00 No reference number
Preferred Service Providers for Technical Services (Aluminum Doors) For Coega Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 114/ 19
Preferred Service Providers for Technical Services (Signage - Road Side Signage) For Coega Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 116/ 19
Preferred Service Providers For Technical Services (Canteen Equipment Maintenance) For Coega Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 117/ 19
Preferred Service Providers For Technical Services (Fire Equipment) For Coega Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 120/ 19
Preferred Service Providers For Technical Services (Roof Specialist) For Coega Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 121/ 19
Preferred Service Providers for Technical Services (Fencing) for Coega Development Corporation (Pty) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 123/ 19

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www.howtotender.co.za

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