Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Where to find available tenders

By Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Business owners often ask us where they can find tenders that are currently available.  Although we are not in the business of finding available tenders, our Tender Manual does have a chapter that deals with finding available tenders.

Due to the high demand for this I have decided to advise you on five different ways to find available tenders.

  1. News Papers
    Most of the available tenders, if not all of them, are advertised in newspapers.  It depends on the type of tender, but most tenders are at least advertised in a local newspaper.  If it is a large tender it will most probably be advertised in more than one newspaper and it will also be advertised in a newspaper that is distributed nationally.  The problem with local newspapers is that you will only be able to find available tenders in your area.  Should you receive national newspapers in your area you can find countrywide tenders from those newspapers.  This is not a very effective way to find tenders because you can easily overlook an advertisement.  It is also very time consuming and it is not tender specific.
  2. Internet
    You can try searching the internet to find available tenders.  You will find a whole bundle of available tenders.  There are a couple of problems with finding available tenders on the internet:
  • The tenders can be outdated.  The internet does not differentiate between current tenders and expired tenders.
  • It is very timeconsuming searching through the millions of search results.  If you search the phrase “tenders available in South Africa” on Google, you will get around 3 450 000 results.  Nobody has time to go through that many results.
  1. Tender Bulletin
    The National Treasury publicise a weekly tender bulletin that carries all the available tenders for that week.  The tender bulletin is free of charge if you download the bulletin from the Department National Treasury’s website (www.treasury.gov.za).  You can download the Tender Bulletin and see which tenders are available for that week.  There are a few drawbacks when using the tender bulletin:
  • The tender bulletin is publicised every week.  So, you must check it every week.
  • The tender bulletin is usually an exceptionally large document.  The current tender bulletin is 248 pages long.
  • If you access the internet via your cell phone you are going to struggle to download this large document.  You are also going to struggle to read it on your cell phone.
  • The tender bulletin is not tender specific.  You will have to go through every tender to find the specific tender that you want to respond to.
  • If you do not have access to the internet you can subscribe to the tender bulletin.  But this is expensive.
  • The tender bulletin only carries tenders from Organs of State.  There are no Private Sector Tenders advertised in the tender bulletin.
  1. Large Companies
    Normally you will find that large State-Owned Companies and large Corporates publicise their own tender bulletins.  You will also find that these companies publicise their tenders on their websites.  To have access to these tenders that become available you will have to monitor these companies’ websites and tender bulletins on a constant basis to find the tenders that you are interested in.  This is very time consuming and the chance of missing that once in a lifetime tender might just pass you the day you decide not to check the websites or tender bulletins.
  2. Tender Websites
    Tender websites are websites (businesses) that specializes in gathering all the available tenders daily whether it is Public or Private Sector tenders.  You will instantly find a lot of these websites if you search for tenders on the internet.  The trick is to find the one best suited for your specific needs.  Some of these tender website companies specialize in specific available tenders and others publicise all available tenders.
    What make these tender websites the best option to consider when you want to find available tenders is that these tender websites usually offer tender specific services.  This means that you can choose an industry and only tenders in that specific industry will be sent to you.  This means there are several advantages of using a tender website:
  • It is not time consuming at all.
  • It is industry specific.  On most of these websites you can choose more than one industry.
  • Most of these tender websites email the available tenders to you daily.
  • You have peace of mind that you will not miss that life changing tender.

The only downside of these tender websites is that it is not for free.  I suggest that if you want to take your business to the next tender level you subscribe to one of these websites.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.  Book and pay online at https://howtotender.co.za/tender-expert-form/

Contact us at wernervr@howtotender.co.za should you need more information.

You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website https://howtotender.co.za/ which is a step by step guide how to respond to a South African Tender.  It includes examples of completed SBD forms.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Transport of bulk waste bins from George Waste Transport Station to PetroSA, for a three year period 2021-02-26 12:00 COM001 OF 2021
Supply and delivery of water & wastewater chemicals and portable equipment for a period of three (03) years 2021-02-22 12:00 13-2020/2021
Appointment of a panel of four (04) service providers for supply and delivery of transformers, mini substations, cables and accessories for stores 2021-02-22 12:00 26-2020/2021
Appointment of a panel of ten (10) service providers for supply and delivery of single, triple phase, Enermax meters, metering units and circuit breakers for stores. 2021-02-22 12:00 27-2020/2021
10mm2 PVC SWA PVC 4C Cable 2021-01-27 12:00 RFx 6000000341
Terms of reference for revision of the comprehensive gender toolkit by reference group 2021-02-11 11:00 APRM/017/SIDA/ GTK/2021
Terms of reference for APRM manual on gender best practices and lesson learned 2021-02-11 11:00 APRM/016/SIDA/ MGBP/2021
Terms of reference for the Comprehensive Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines 2021-02-11 11:00 APRM/015/SIDA/ GMG/2021
Procurement of services provider/firm for production and dessimination of popular version for the study on governance, gender and peacebuilding 2021-02-11 11:00 APRM/014/SIDA/ SGGP/2021
To repair the damage roof for the walkway and build the security hurt (1GB) GRANDING 2021-01-25 11:00 R/S/2021/1696
To replace the faulty electrical pump house and replacing the broken geysers to the state house and office (1 GB/CE Grading) 2021-01-25 11:00 R/S/2021/1911
The Provision of collecting, dismantling, repairing, overhauling, rewinding, assembling, painting, testing, supply of spares, delivering as well as replacing of existing electrical motors on as and when required basis at Komati Power Station 2021-02-18 10:00 MPGXC006322R1
Supply and delivery of batteries and battery chargers for a period of 36 months 2021-02-24 12:00 A040-2020/21
Provision of electrical waste management services for a period of 36 months 2021-02-24 12:00 A042-2020/21
Provision for the Appointment of an Energy Expert for a period of 6 Months 2021-01-29 13:00 EWSETA/RFQ/91/2020
Provision for the Appointment of a Quality Assurance Specialist Manager 2021-01-29 13:00 EWSETA/RFQ/90/2020
Covid-19 Testing 2021-01-25 11:00 REQ No.01770
Servicing of fire extinguishers in Nama Khoi Municipal Area 2021-01-29 10:00 Q/NC062/18/20202-2021
Rental of tlb and 10 cub tipper truck for 20 days at Waterval 2021-01-26 12:00 FPQ202101/009
Re-Advert: Appointment of a Labour Consultant to review and develop Employment Contracts for ERWAT. 2021-01-26 12:00 FPR202011/043R

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