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  • The tenders can be outdated.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 (  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

Contact us at should you need more information.

You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website 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.
Terms Of Reference for the Appointment Of Service Provider to Develop The Rental Housing Tribunal Governance Framework 2020-07-27 11:00 BID VA49/ 684
Terms of Reference for the Appointment of a Suitable Service Provider ao Develop Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, Including a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan and Conduct Mid-Term And Summative Evaluation for the Artisan Trade Test System (Atts) Project in the Department Of Higher Education And Training (Department) 2020-08-20 11:00 DHET136
Terms of Reference for the Appointment of a Suitable Service Consultant to Provide Consultancy Services to Support the Implementation of the Central Application Service (CAS) Pilot, The Cas Legislative Programme as Well as the Central Application Clearing House 2020-08-18 11:00 DHET135
Terms Of Reference for the Appointment of a Suitable Consultant to Provide Central Application Services (CAS) With Project Technical Consultancy Services to Support the Implementation of the CAS 2020-08-14 11:00 DHET134
CATHSSETA is seeking to appoint a highly qualified service provider for the provision of Company secretary services in order to produce accurate transcriptions and minutes for CATHSSETA formal proceedings 2020-07-24 11:00 CATHS/ SECS/ 020/ 2020
Appointment of a Service Provider to Conduct Gas Content Measurements During The Drilling of The 3500m Ultra-Deep Borehole In Beaufort West For The Karoo Deep Drilling Programme (KDD) 2020-08-04 11:00 CGS- 2020- 007A
Appointment of the service provider for the provision of cleaning services for Head Office for a period of three (3) years 2020-08-04 11:00 PPSA 002/ 2020
Appointment of the service provider for the provision of cleaning services for various offices (Phuthaditjaba; Upington; George; Mthatha; Nelspruit; Limpopo and Bisho) for a period of three (3) years 2020-08-05 11:00 PPSA 003/ 2020
Appointment of the service provider for provision of hygiene and pest control services for PPSA various offices (Head Office; Phuthaditjaba; Upington; George; Mthatha; Nelspruit; Limpopo and Bisho) 2020-08-06 11:00 PPSA 004/ 2020
Supply and Installation of LAN Cabling, UPS, Lightening Protection Devices for SAPS Tableview including Maintenance and Support for a period of three (3) years 2020-07-24 11:00 RFB 2125/ 2020
Supply and Installation of LAN Cabling, UPS, Lightening Protection Devices for SAPS Malmesbury including Maintenance and Support for a period of three (3) years 2020-07-24 11:00 RFB 2129/ 2020
Supply, Installation, Configuration and Decommissioning of Visual Communication Infrastructure at Disaster Management & Fire Rescue Services- Tygerberg Hospital Parow 2020-07-24 11:00 RFB 2137/ 2020
C1037.01: Construction of Groynes in the Swart River Adjacent to Bridge No. 2704 Along Tr34/1 Between Prince Albert Road and Prince Albert. 2020-08-05 11:00 S001/ 20
Contract No. C1095: Reseal of Mr 238 From Vredenburg (Km 1.30) to Saldanha (Km 10.45) 2020-08-05 11:00 S002/ 20
Procurement and Installation of a High Security Perimeter Clear Fence for SITA Erasmuskloof Building 2020-07-24 11:00 RFB 2163/ 2020
Appointment of a Service Provider to Provide Office Accommodation to the NRCS Bloemfontein Office for a period of five (5) years 2020-07-17 11:00 NRCS 004- 2020/ 2021
Appointment of a Reputable Service Provider To Provide Lease Office Space Accommodation to the NRCS Durban Offices for a Period of 10 (Ten) Years 2020-07-27 11:00 NRCS 001- 2018/ 2019
Provision of Office Accommodation: Musina Satellite Office for a leased period of 5 years 2020-08-06 11:00 06/ 2020
Call for proposals for the design and supply of the first phase of a Marine Tilapia Industry Incubator (MTII) within the Mbashe Municipality in the rural Eastern Cape 2020-07-24 11:00 SCMU 01 - 2020/21
Fundukaliphe High School appointment of professional Construction Health and Safety Agent to upgrades and repairs 2020-08-03 11:00 ZNQ 19/ 20/ 0020 NCR


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