Issue Date: 
Monday, April 21, 2014

Tenders Fact and Statistics

By Werner van Rooyen

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:

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  
Office equipment: Labour-saving devices    
Perishable provisions    
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, 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 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.
Supply and delivery of liquid aluminum sulphate for a three (3) year period 2018-10-19 12:00 SMT24/18/19
Supply and Installation of 3 sluice plate vertical rising valves for the Sewerage Treatment Plant, Swellendam 2018-11-02 12:00 SMT25/18/19
Civil Engineers for the Heritage Bus Rehabilitation. 2018-11-15 12:00 JDA/HBR 001
Supply Asphalting Services for the period 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019 2018-11-09 12:00 T14.18.19
Bid for the appointment of a service provider for the design, installation, supply and delivery of branding material for the Department of Public Works as per specification. 2018-11-13 11:00 SCMU5-18/19-GS0021
Supply and installation of a 1,8m high welded mesh fence at Sirkel street Park Moorreesburg and Jasmyn street Park Riebeek Kasteel. 2018-11-01 11:00 SCM 56/18/19
Bid for the appointment of a service provider to undertake a risk assessment on security systems at selected government buildings in the Eastern Cape as per specification. 2018-11-13 11:00 SCMU5-18/19-GS0022
Supply and Delivery of Breathing Apparatus for Firemen 2018-10-25 11:00 SCM 55/18/19
Appointment of a service provider on a 36 month contract to supply and deliver blankets to The PDMC. 2018-11-13 11:00 ZNT1904/2018LG
Supply and Installation of a Fully Functional Standard Audible Fire Alarm System at Darling Outreach Centre, Darling 2018-10-18 11:00 SCM 54/18/19
Provision of security guards at the access control points plus patrolling of premises. 2018-11-13 12:00 SEC1/2018/2019
Automatic Real Time License Plate Recognition Service 2018-10-18 11:00 SCM 51/18/19
Appointment of co-operatives for the maintenance of roads within Lekwa Local Municipality for a period of 8 months. 2018-11-13 12:00 DTS 03/2018/2019
Replacing of Existing Gutters at Rosenhof Community Hall, Moorreesburg 2018-10-18 11:00 SCM 50/18/19
Supply and delivery of chemicals for purification of Water and Waste Water in Standerton and Morgenzon. 2018-11-13 12:00 W1/2018/19
Design and installation of sewer odour control system in the international basement at O.R. Tambo International Airport. 2018-11-13 12:00 ORT 195/2018
Vehicle Financing 2018-10-22 12:00 TD07/2018
Speed Humps on P32 & P33-1. 2018-11-20 11:00 ZNT373T/C238/1100/S/17
Speed Humps on P208 & P325. 2018-11-20 11:00 ZNT373T/C238/1100/S/18
Supply and Delivery of Aggregates to Schmidtsdrift Road Building Project 2018-10-22 12:00 Q19/18


Advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums

Consortiums are often considered as entities to use when responding to tenders in South Africa. The question that arises is whether to use a Consortium or a Joint Venture when responding to a tender. To help you with this we have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages for both Consortiums as well as Joint Ventures. In this article we list the advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums. Look out for the same article on Joint Ventures.

Consortiums Advantages:

  • Easy to establish as there are no formal procedures... Read More
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