Issue Date: 
Monday, November 9, 2015

Tenders and Fraudulent Documents

We had the privilege to attend a briefing session of the National Department of Health the other day. These briefing sessions are always special, specifically those for the supply of pharmaceutical products. These products are very specialized and only companies that have the correct credentials can actually respond to these tenders. What this mean is that if you are not in the pharmaceutical industry and you do not have the correct licencing for your products then you waste your time attending the briefing session and responding to the tender.  

Now this is where the problem starts. Just like with any other tenders there are certain documents that you need to submit with your tender, for example Tax Compliance and B-BBEE certificates or affidavits. But together with these documents there are other compulsory documents like a Licence to manufacture medicines and a Medicines Registration certificate. You might think that these documents would be standard issue for these companies and that would all be genuine. But it is not.

We were very surprised to hear from the National Department of Health that companies actually submit fraudulent documents. Worst of all is that these documents are industry specific and if pharmaceutical companies are willing to commit fraud with these documents in order to win a tender what else are they guilty of?

But the lesson that we all need to take away from this briefing session is that no matter what you tender for, ensures that your compulsory documents are the originals, or certified copies of the original document. Government will validate your compulsory documents and if you have submitted a fraudulent certificate you will be exposed. Once you have been exposed and find guilty your tender days are over.

The Government is wide awake to fraud and one gets the feeling that they are starting to clamp down on fraud and corruption in the tender environment. That is good for South Africa as well as for all the companies that respond to tenders.

If you want to learn what not to do when you respond to tenders then it is time you attend one of our tender workshops. Visit our website for more details on our upcoming How-to-Tender workshops (www.how2tender.com) or email werner@how2tender.com  should you need any assistance in this regard.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Provision of existing 196m2 leased office accommodation for The Department of Culture Arts and Traditional Affairs at Naledi service point in Vryburg for a period of 36 months. 2019-01-17 11:00 PWR 133/18
Supply & delivery of plinths for minisub and ringmain unit 2018-11-29 10:00 DIE0014914
Supply & delivery of electrical equipment 2018-11-27 12:00 SCM04-2011-18
Supply & delivery of galvanized poles and pole caps 2018-11-29 10:00 DIC0025766 (READVERTISE)
Provision of existing 196m2 leased office accommodation for The Department of Culture Arts and traditional affairs at Kagisano Molopo service point in Ganyesa for a period of 36 months. 2019-01-17 11:00 PWR 124/18
Supply & delivery of blue jot – it down notebook – 75 with full colour branding. 2018-11-29 10:00 DCG0011888
Supply & delivery of seedling & trees 2018-11-27 12:00 SCM03-2011-18
Cleaning of Reservoirs and Towers 2019-01-22 10:30 JWOPS 015/17RT
Appoint a service provider for the construction of ten (10) timber wendy house units in various areas. 2018-11-27 14:00 1056812
Cleaning and Maintenance of Outfall Sewers. 2019-01-22 10:30 JW OPS 043/18
Printed Books 2018-11-27 14:00 PNQ2 PRINTED BOOKS
Construction of multipurpose community centre building - phase 2B white location, Knysna. 2019-01-23 12:00 T 31/2018/19
Supply and Delivery of One Automated Mineralogical Scanning Electron Microscope based mineral/phase analyser (QEMSCAN) including Training. 2019-01-24 10:00 ERIC0340
Consulting Services- Digital Archivist & Librarian within the Directorate of Information & Communication 2018-12-07 15:00 Re advert- AUC/DIC/IC/327
Supply of hygiene products and services. 2019-01-24 12:00 33/2018
Provision of basic sanitation services in informal settlements with The City of Johannesburg on an as and when required basis. 2019-01-25 10:30 JW 13855
The supply and delivery of water meters 2018-11-28 12:00 61954
Panel to provide travel management services. 2019-01-25 12:00 36/2018
Supply and installation of security parameter fencing at Matopie High Site, Franschhoek. 2018-11-28 11:00 FQ/SM: 75/19
Supply, delivery and installation of high security cage at miniature substation 2018-12-03 11:00 FQ/SM: 73/19

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