Issue Date: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tender misconceptions in South Africa

There are many wonderful stories of companies that won tenders in the Public as well as the Private Sector plus some horrible ones of how things can go wrong.  However, two of the most common misconceptions regarding tenders and the tender process in South Africa are:  

1. All tenders are awarded fraudulently:

This misconception is the most common and it is hard to defend it. The media are full of articles of tenders that have been awarded fraudulently - especially Government tenders. This might be so, but the reality is that there are hundreds of tenders available on a daily basis in South Africa and if all of these tenders were awarded fraudulently then our economy would come to a standstill. The fact of the matter is that more tenders are awarded in a fair and transparent manner than on a fraudulent one.

2. You can only win tenders if you are a Black South African:

Although the focus of Government - both National and Provincial - is to encourage and promote Black business in South Africa, there are instances where a White owned businesses can be awarded a tender. The fact of the matter is that if the Preference Point System is used correctly then the best company will win, irrespective of whether it is Black or White owned.

When you respond to tenders ensure that you are doing it 100% correctly. If all your compulsory documents as well as your additional documents are submitted you can't be disqualified. If you pass the Functionality test you will advance to the Preferential Point Scoring system and then the outcome is dependent on your Price and B-BBEE Score. If your product or service is well priced and you have a good B-BBEE Score then chances are good that you might just get lucky.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply And Delivery of Paraffin (Re-advertisement). 2018-05-17 12:00 FBS/PAR-BTO-CL-MHLM 2017-18
Professional services: short term insurance portfolio for period of 3 years 2018-05-11 14:00 SCM 17/2018
Supply, Delivery, Installation and Commissioning Of 12KV Switchgear Panels. 2018-05-25 12:00 T38.17.18
Tender for the provision of Travel agency and associated services for King Cetshwayo District for the period ending 30 June 2021. 2018-05-28 12:00 KCDM/19/2018
Electrical and mechanical infrastructure for new inlet works at the Riversdale Wastewater Treatment Works – Phase 2B. 2018-06-01 12:00 HES-TECH 13/1718
Re-Advert: Supply and Delivery of ± 3 (Three) on / off Road Motorbikes by an accredited dealer 2018-05-15 12:00 BS 08/04/2018
Supply and delivery of building works material 2018-05-11 14:00 SCM 19/2018
Eden District Municipality Invasive species monitoring control and eradication plan for its properties. 2018-05-11 11:00 ITE/31/17-18
Printing of an IDP Document. 2018-05-11 11:00 ITE/32/17-18
Panel of service providers for supply and delivery of metering kiosk. 2018-05-11 12:00 A034-2017/18
Appointment of a Maximum of Two (02) Consultants for Designs, Supervision, Monitoring and Project Management of all Municipal Buildings and Community Facilities Projects for a period of 3 (three) years on an ad hoc basis 2018-05-29 12:00 BS01/04/2018
Panel of service providers for supply and delivery of streetlight fittings as and when required. 2018-05-11 12:00 A035-2017/18
Provision of bulk processing, printing, posting and distribution of monthly statements. 2018-05-11 12:00 A036-2017/18
Provisioning of professional services for the Offshore Baseline (OSSB) contamination study in the Port of Saldanha. 2018-05-11 10:00 TNPA SLD249/04/2018
Annual large herbivore survey in the protected areas in the North West province for a period of three years. 2018-05-15 11:00 NWPB/RFT/AERIAL GAME COUNT/002/2018
The Appointment of a service provider for the purchasing, delivery and commissioning of the following: Inductively Coupled Plasma Atom Emission Spectroscopy System and Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatograph coupled with an Ultraviolet Detector. 2018-05-17 11:00 4.4.12.2/4/18
Supply and Delivery of Dairy Products to Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) Departments Institutions and State Information Technology Agency (SITA) for a period of 36 months. 2018-05-18 11:00 GT/GPT/068/2018
Supply and Delivery of Dry Groceries and Toiletries to GPG Departments and SITA for a period of 36 Months. 2018-05-18 11:00 GT/GPT/069/2018
Request to go out on an urgent RFB to acquire an alternative suitable office space for SITA Mpumalanga Nelspruit through an operating lease for an initial minimum period of 5 years with an option to / renew/ extend for a maximum of another (5) five years. 2018-05-18 11:00 RFB 1731/2018
Rendering of Security Services for Various Areas within the WC024 Municipal Jurisdiction, Until 30 June 2021 2018-06-01 12:00 BSM 87/18

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Tender adjudication process

The SBD/WCBD6.1 document must form part of all bids invited.  It contains general information and serves as a claim form for preference points for Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment (B -BBEE) Status Level of Contribution, and explains how tenders or bids are decided.

The document says:

  • The bidder obtaining the highest number of points will be awarded the contract.
  • Preference points shall be calculated after prices have been brought to a comparative basis.
  • Points scored will be rounded off to two decimal places... Read More
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