Issue Date: 
Monday, March 31, 2014

Tenders and Local Content

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

31 March 2014

Did you know that the Gauteng Provincial`s target on procurement spent on Local Content is 75%? This can also be said for the National Government`s procurement spent.

That is very good news! It can also be considered that most of the nine Provinces have got the same target. This means that Local Content is a priority to National as well as Provincial Governments, when it comes to their Procurement spent. This is good news for local manufacturers and services providers. Local manufacturers and service providers has at least a 75% change of winning a tender.

But what is the definition of Local Content?

Local Content is Local Value Added in South Africa by South African recourses. Where a tender response contains a combination of local and imported goods and/or services, the tender price must be separated into its local and imported components as per the Standard Bidding Document 6.2 Annexure D and E, summarized in Annexure C. Local Content is total spend less any imported component. Remember that you as suppliers will be contractually required to maintain records to certify imported content, for example, invoice of materials, expenditure records and income statements.

It must be emphasized that when you tender that you ensure you know which goods and/or services you can claim as Local Content. Be aware that certain tenders will exclude cost such as the following from Local Content:

  1. finance charges;
  2. property; and
  3. deployment fees of the operations contractor.

Currently the new B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice that will come into effect on 30 April 2015 strong emphasis is given to Enterprise and Supplier Development, one of the five elements of B-BBEE. This element will count 40 out of the 109 points on the B-BBEE scorecard and this element is all about developing the Local Entrepreneur. This will and must stimulate the manufacturing and producing of Local Content.

The National Government has also introduced designated sectors which are sectors, sub-sectors or industries that have been designated by the Department of Trade and Industry in line with national development and industrial policies for local production, where only locally produced services, works or goods or locally manufactured goods meet the stipulated minimum threshold for local production and content1. If your business enterprise falls into one of these 12 designated sectors then you will have to comply with these minimum thresholds. These designated sectors together with its minimum thresholds can be found at: http://www.dti.gov.za/industrial_development/ip.jsp.

There is an increase in the drive from National as well as Provincial Government to promote Local Content. This drive is not a South African initiative but a world wide trend. In a South African context it is good because it stimulates internal growth of the economy. So next time when you tender consider Local Content as an option.

Local Content and much more tender issues are discussed in our Tender Manual. If you want to know more about the tender process and how to complete a tender correctly and hopefully successfully, please visit our website at www.how2tender.com to find out more.
Until the next time - happy tendering.

Don`t delay, get educated today!

1. Definition of designated Sectors as per SBD document 6.2.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply: Medical supplies 2018-08-23 15:00 GF11900117
The MBDA invites suitably qualified service providers to provide Sanitary Services at the The Science & Technology Centre for a 6 month period with the possibility of renewing it for a further 6 months, on a rental basis. 2018-08-28 11:00 BDA0818588
First aid level 1 training. 2018-08-24 09:00 SM11900032
The MBDA seeks quotes from suitable service providers for Cleaning Material 2018-08-28 11:00 BDA0818587
Provision of 50kg DPC trolleys for the platforms at cape town station quantity of 50. 2018-09-04 16:00 RFQ163/2018
Supply & deliver Envelopes Manilla B5 250 X 176mm 2018-08-28 11:00 SQ08181255
Supply & deliver Lever Arch Files Pvc A4 70 X 1450mm 2018-08-28 11:00 SQ08181255
Supply and Delivery of Furniture 2018-08-28 11:00 GQ08181883
Supply and delivery of radio wireless. 2018-08-23 11:00 GK11900069
Supply non-sterile exam gloves 2018-08-29 10:00 GA11900171
Mandlakazi Rwss: Construction of 19.8km Water Reticulation Network – Package 3C 2018-09-20 12:00 ZDM043/2018
Construction of Mandlakazi Phase 5.5 Bulk Water Supply: 44km of Bulk Gravity Mains, Associated Reservoirs, Pumpstation and Rising Main 2018-09-20 12:00 ZDM055/2018
Supply Clothing 2018-08-28 10:00 GA11900168
Bid for the appointment of a training provider to conduct an accredited technical trades & operator’s training to municipal officials for each identified programme as and when required from the date of appointment until 30 June 2021. 2018-09-07 12:00 8/2/5/84 (2018-2021)
Ceza Stand Alone Water Supply Phase 2: Reservoirs and Weir 2018-09-06 12:00 ZDM 094/ 2018
Ceza Stand Alone Water Supply Phase 2: Reticulation 13 2018-09-06 12:00 ZDM 093/ 2018
Supply and installation of fault indicators on The 33KV AC Network. 2018-09-10 12:00 23/2018/CTN/INFRA
Ceza Stand Alone Water Supply Phase 2: Reticulation 12 2018-09-05 12:00 ZDM 092/ 2018
Ceza Stand Alone Water Supply Phase 2: Reticulation 11 2018-09-05 12:00 ZDM 091/ 2018
Supply and installation of fault indicators on The 33KV AC Network. 2018-09-10 12:00 23/2018/CTN/INFRA

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