Issue Date: 
Monday, April 21, 2014

Tenders Fact and Statistics

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

21 April 2014

It is interesting to know that on average there are between 200 to 250 tenders advertised every week in the Government Tender Bulletin. If you accept that most tenders are valid for approximately one month, then it is save to say that there are at least 800 to 1000+ Government tenders available each month. This is only the tenders that are submitted by Organs of State to the Government Tender Bulletin. There are definitely tenders that do not get published by the Government Tender Bulletin, especially Municipal Tenders.

Government Bids for the procurement of supplies, services and disposals are categorised as follows:

SUPPLIES SERVICES DISPOSALS
Accommodation, leasing of Building Clothing and textiles
Audio visual equipment Civil Furniture
Building material Electrical General
Chemicals: Agricultural/Forestry/ Functional (including cleaning-, and security services) Scrap metal
Laboratory/Water Care General Vehicles
Clothing/Textiles Maintenance of electrical, mechanical  
Computer equipment equipment and plumbing  
Computer software Mechanical  
Electrical equipment Professional  
Electronic equipment Repair and maintenance of vehicles  
Furniture Transport  
General    
Medical    
Office equipment: Labour-saving devices    
Perishable provisions    
Stationary/printing    
Steel    
Timber    
Vehicle (all types)    
Workshop equipment    

Did you know that there are 226 Local municipalities in South Africa? If there are only 5 tenders per month per municipality then this amounts to 1130 tenders per month. Add that to the 1000+ in the Government Tender Bulletin and you are already exceeding 2000+ tenders per month! Unfortunately the Government does not keep track of how many tenders there are at any specific time but it is absolutely more than 2000+ tenders per month. Underneath is a tale with each Province`s Municipality count:

Municipalities Metro poles Districts Locals
Eastern Cape 2 6 37
Free State 1 4 19
Gauteng 3 2 7
KwaZulu-Natal 1 10 50
Limpopo 0 5 25
Mpumalanga 0 3 18
North West 0 4 19
Northern Cape 0 5 27
Western Cape 1 5 24
Total 8 44 226

If you want to do business with Local Municipalities the KwaZulu-Natal is the place to go. It has by far the most Municipalities. But then again, although Gauteng has the least Local Municipalities, these Municipalities will have more procuring power than most of those in KwaZulu-Natal.

There are numerous websites, such as sa-tenders.co.za, which keep record of all available tenders in South Africa. Some of these websites even boast that it receives over 600 new tenders on a daily basis. This includes Government as well as private sector tenders. If you can believe these figures it means that there are over 18000 tenders available in South Africa at any given time. This figure may sound excessive but it is plausible seeing how many companies are bidding these days.

The competition out there for winning tenders are fierce between bidders but winning a tender can be the difference between surviving and closure for a business. But looking at these statistics it is clear that there are enough tenders going around for most of the good businesses in South Africa.

To ensure you stay ahead of your competition visit our website at www.how2tender.com to find out more about our Tender Workshops or purchase the new revived second edition of our Tender Manual: A practical guide on how to tender.

Until the next time - happy tendering.

Don`t delay, get educated today!

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Biopsy Instrument Co-Axial. 18g X 15cm Or 18g X 10cm; 18g X 9cm, 16g X 15cm,16g X 9cm Or 16g X 10cm; 14g X 9cm. 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.139/ 04/ 18
Supply double action floor spring for timber doors. BTS 60, SS cover plate, dust cover, spindle, bottom strap, top centre, max door width: 1000mm, max door weight 80kg, hydraulic speed control. Hold open only. Components: BTS 60. Ss cover plate, dust cover, spindle, bottom strap, top centre. (to view sample at workshop - Mr. C. Fenner) (provide sample) specification will be attached. Quantity: 4 sets of double door springs 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.2220/ 07/ 18
Appointment of a service provider to supply and deliver bee hives, super chambers, bee hive stands and bee colonies for Oranje Kalahari Bye Boerdery Pty (Ltd) project in the Dawid Kruiper Local Municipality, ZF Mgcawu District within the Northern Cape Province 2018-09-07 11:00 5/ 2/ 2/ 1 NC RDLR- 0004(2018/ 2019)
Supply & install 150MM flanged key gate valves in manholes. 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.2219/ 07/ 18
Repairs to skywalk between nursing college & doctors quarters as per spec. 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.2229/ 07/ 18
Supply Nitinol (Mandril) guide wire: 60cm .018” quantity: 50 units 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.1898/ 07/ 18
Supply Brother toner cartridges tn3290 (original only) 6 month contract. (Toners to be delivered monthly in batches of 10 units.) = 60 UNITS 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.2147/ 07/ 18
Supply, Delivery, Installation and commissioning of ICP-MS instrument 2018-09-17 12:00 MTK 08/ 2018
Long Term, Retrograde Catheters Double Lumen - 31cm’s 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.1773/ 07/ 18
Intra Osseous Needle 15g X 30mm X 10 Units. 2018-08-30 11:00 ZNB 26/ 2018- 2019
Appointment of a service provider for the supply of Office Furniture at the Independent Communications Authority Head Office (Centurion) for a period 80/20 PPPFA 2000, Preferential Procurement Regulation: 2017. 2018-08-27 11:00 ICASA 23/ 2018
Appointment of a professional service provider for the provision of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) for the duration of 36 months for Water Research Commission. 2018-09-07 11:00 WRC- 005- 18/ 19
Fully Equiped Emergency Trolley with Rescuscitation Board, Drawers, Side Racks, Drip Stand and Defibrillator Stand (Paeds and Adults) x 02 2018-08-24 11:00 ZNQ 111 2018/ 19
The Procurement of a Level Two Field Hospital as per African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) Standards for the South African Military Health Services. 2018-09-17 11:00 CPSC- B- M- 086- 2017RR
R/M32/2018: 4(four) x roller: vibr. pedestrian: 900kg (3E) 2018-09-18 11:00 S081/ 18
R/M43/2018: 14 (fourteen) x breaker: paving engine: standard 2018-09-18 11:00 S082/ 18
Appointment of two National Accounts Consultants to assist Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) with the rebasing and benchmarking of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the updating of the Supply and Use Tables (SUT’S). 2018-08-31 11:00 Stats SA 001/ 18
Provision of Travel Management Services in SIU for a period of 36 months. 2018-09-11 11:00 RFP: 030/ 08/ 2018
R/M36/2018: 8 (eight) x trailer: water: <1000l 2018-09-18 11:00 S080/ 18
Appointment a professional service provider to develop a concept document to assist PSiRA to establish a private security industry guarantee fund and perform an actuarial service to establish viability of the fund for The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA) for a period of 8 months 2018-09-18 11:00 RFB/ 2018/ PSiRA/ 05

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