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, Delivery, Installation & Commission of Three Headlight Aim Testers for Vehicle Test Station for Traffic Services 2018-12-24 12:00 RFQ/HPS/2018-19/291
Provision of Driver Education (Learner and Driving Licence) 50 Persons in Ward 38 2018-12-24 12:00 RFQ/IDP/2018-19/290
Supply & Delivery of Electrical Inventory Items 2019-01-11 12:00 SCM/2019/94/ENG
Provision of Driver Education (Learner and Driving Licence) 50 Persons in Ward 08 2018-12-24 12:00 RFQ/IDP/2018-19/289
Appointment of construction of a small administration block, 2 x grade R classrooms, guard house, erection of fence, completion of the multi- purpose classroom, nutrition centre, 2 x 3 classroom blocks, conversion of 1 x 3 classroom block into hall and external works at Leboeng Primary School located in Leboeng Village in Sekhukhune District, Limpopo Province grade 7 GB and Above 2019-01-30 12:00 EDDP 184/57B
Advanced Firearm Training Programme 2018-12-28 12:00 RFQ/DHR/2018-19/297
Updating and Maintenance of BCMM`s Water Hydraulic Models and Water Demand Analysis in IMQS - Inland 2018-12-28 12:00 RFQ/DES/2018-19/296
Procurement of Professional Service Providers from the Built Environment that specializes in Architecture, Quantity Surveyors, Civil & Structural Engineers, Electrical Engineers and OHS Agents For The Planning, Design, Supervision and Closure of the Programme 9 Schools for the Limpopo Department of Education 2019-01-28 09:00 LDOE/66PSP/2018/1
Thermocycler 2018-12-21 11:00 RFQ GAU86
Jagerust Water Treatment Plant Refurbishment 2019-02-28 10:00 E/BS3691R
Supply of parts, spares and repairs of Teledyne make of ambient air quality monitoring gas analyser for lab and site network 2019-03-08 10:00 CORP 4655
Supply and delivery of electrical material and equipment for Nkomazi LM for a period of three (3) years 2019-01-31 12:00 NKO 90/2018
Provision of a functional and technical support service for Ellipse and associated bespoke systems implemented at eThekwini Electricity 2019-02-15 11:00 E.9646
Online coal quality measurement staithes incline conveyors 2019-02-12 10:00 MPGXC005157R
The maintenance and repair of portable earthing gear in Mpumalanga Operating Unit on an as and when required basis 2019-02-12 10:00 MPDX001033
Appointment of a service provider to compile a waste characterization report - Solid Waste Management 2018-12-28 11:00 FQ/SM: 97/19
To design, manufacture, supply, delivery, removal, installation and commissioning of 2 (two) spare LP heaters (1 x LPH 3 and 1 x LPH 4) for a period of 5 years 2019-02-13 10:00 MPGXC005426
Supply, delivery and installation of 2 x automated multi-deck weighbridges at Tutuka Power Station 2019-02-13 10:00 MPGXC005428
Supply and delivery of one (1) Landfill Compactor 2019-01-18 12:00 IHLM-78/12/2018-19/COMM
Provision of Short Term Insurance for the period from 01 July 2019 To 30 June 2022 2019-01-18 12:00 FIN 01/2019/20

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