Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Tender scoring and tender fraud       

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

We are asked by many people that attend our How-to-Tender workshops if all tenders are not awarded fraudulently.  Our straight and quick answer is no, not all tenders are awarded on a fraudulent manner.

The reason we are saying this is because there are just too many tenders going around in South Africa for all of it to be awarded fraudulently.  If you look at the statistics it will show that there are at any given time about 3000 tenders available in South Africa – this consists of Public Sector tenders as well as Private Sector tenders.  One can safely assume that most tenders are valid for 30 days (one month) before it closes and because of this it is safe to say that there are about 36000 tenders per annum floating in South Africa.  It will be impossible to commit fraud on all these tenders.

There is also the drive from all Government departments and Provinces to be transparent in all their tender activities.  We deal with the Public Sector daily and we experience increased transparency from most of the departments especially when it comes to awarding a tender.

The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act also provides the Public Sector with the Preferential Procurement Scoring system whereby bidders must score points to advance from one stage to another and to finally be awarded the tender.  This scoring system should be the only way that tenders are awarded – if not then there is a problem.

If you know of any fraudulent tender activities, please be a whistle blower and report to the Tender Fraud hotline 0800 701 701.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.  Book and pay online at

Contact us at should you require more information.

You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website 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.
Copper Conductor Hard Drawn 50 Square MM - 7 Strands of 3.00MM Diameter -Total Diameter 9.00MM. - To be supply in 50M Coils. 2019-11-19 11:00 SQ11191511
Conductor Copper 70 Square MM = 7 Strands of 3.5mm Diameter -Total Diameter 10.65mm - To be supply in 100m Coils. 2019-11-19 11:00 SQ11191511
Supply, Design, Manufacture, Testing and Delivery of Transformer for ERF 1307 Bereng Road, Uitenhage as per specification available at SCM Offices, Harrower Road, North End, PE 2019-11-21 11:00 CSQ10191817
Supply and deliver (660 ltrs) industrial four wheel bins - for waste 2019-11-21 11:00 GQ11192347
Supply and deliver (1100 ltrs) large industrial 4 wheel bins - for waste 2019-11-21 11:00 GQ11192347
Tenders are invited to wash and iron curtains and table cloth "as and when required basis" for a period ending 30 June 2020 as per specification and returnable pricing schedule available at SCM Offices, Harrower Road, North End, PE 2019-11-21 11:00 CSQ11191846
Refurbishment of North West Provincial Legislature Chamber 2019-12-17 11:00 NWPL 05/2019/20
Provision of parkhome no.4- Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, (EDTEA), Mtubatuba 2019-12-09 11:00 ZNQ UM 225M/ 19- 20
Contract Two: Dysselsdorp Police Station: Repairs To Latent Defects 2019-11-29 11:00 CPT 1008/ 19
Lease of a portion of Erf 17908 (a portion of Erf 4867) and the Remainder of Erf 4867 (a portion of Erf 1512) both at Knysna, Administrative District of Knysna, Province of the Western Cape. 2019-11-28 14:00 N002-06-W-P12265
Mossel Bay: Magistrate Office: Repairs & Renovations 2019-11-29 11:00 CPT1009/ 19
Renovation of sport Facilities (Military Bowls Facilities, Military Netball Facilities, Military Rugby and Soccer Facilities and Military Tennis Facilities) of the Pretoria Military Sport Club. 2019-12-09 11:00 CPSC- B- G- 221- 2019
Appointment of a Mechanical (Elevator/Lift Specialist) Enginering Company for the Assistance in the Review, Compilation Of Specifications, Monitoring Of Works for the Upgrade of the Lifts at the CGS Head Office (280 Pretoria Road, Silverton, Pretoria). 2019-12-10 11:00 CGS- 2019- 037K
Upgrading of Colesberg Internal water network. 2019-11-29 12:00 7/11/2019
Appointment of the Local Installers to Conduct Direct - To - Home (DTH) Satellite, Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Set - Top - Boxes Ad All The Related Accessory Installation To Qualifying Households in the Northern Cape Province 2019-11-28 11:00 USAF- POIFS/ 03/ 2019
Appointment of the Local Installers To Conduct Direct - To - Home (DTH) Satellite, Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Set - Top - Boxes Ad All The Related Accessory Installation to Qualifying Households in the North West Province 2019-11-28 11:00 USAF- POIFS/ 02/ 2019
Upgrading of Noupoort Internal sewer network 2019-11-29 12:00 6/11/2019
Upgrading of President Swarts and Nieuwenhuizen streets to Concrete block paving streets. 2019-11-29 12:00 5/11/2019
Appointment of a panel of psychologists for the provision of counselling/psychological services as part of the employee wellness service. 2019-11-21 11:00 BID REFERENCES: RFP 10- 19/ 20 005
Upgrading of sport field in Kuyasa 2019-11-29 12:00 4/11/2019


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