Tenders and Black Ownership
By Werner van Rooyen
This article is about the fine script in tenders or request for proposals that one tends to overlook when confronted with a tender document and deadlines.
The specific fine script that we want to address is where the Organ of State make use of section 2(1) (f) of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA). This sections states: “the contract must be awarded to the tenderer who scores the highest points, unless objective criteria in addition to those contemplated in paragraphs (d) and (e) justify the award to another tenderer; and”.
One specific Organ of State that utilizes this section of the PPPFA is ESKOM. At Eskom it is very important to promote and encourage Supplier Development and Localisation. In a recent tender that was published by ESKOM, it was made clear that the specific tender will not be awarded to the highest point scorer but rather to businesses that fall into the following criteria:
- Preference will be given to Black Owned companies; or
- Joint Ventures where the lead firm or company is more than 50% Black Owned.
During the briefing session for this specific tender ESKOM officials made it clear that they will adhere to these conditions. If you are a Black Owned business it will be no problem adhering to these conditions but if your business has less than 51% Black Ownership you are going to struggle to be awarded this specific tender. The thing is: this is not the exception to the rule but it is the rule!
Remember to check for specific conditions in all tender documents, whether it is for black ownership or anything else. Be sure not to get caught out by specific conditions.
To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. For more information on the tender courses please email Estelle at Estelle@howtotender.co.za.
This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd. which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.