Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Why should I register on the supplier database (CSD)?

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

I often wonder what the use is to register as a supplier on a supplier data base of Organs of State.  I mean to say, I have registered with more than I can remember Organs of State and I really can’t say that me or the companies I have registered have received any work from these Organs of State purely based on our registration.

I am curious what the main purpose for registering is and do enterprises actually get any business from Organs of State solely on its registration on the data basis?  Or is the fact that you must register just another point that needs to be ticked in the procurement policy or process?  I do not have the answers.  All I know is that you must register.

My advice is to register as far as possible. I know it can be time consuming but rather be on the data base and stand a change of getting business than not being on the data basis and not getting any business.

Data base registration is in any case easy to do and it does not require all the paperwork that goes into a Tender response or a Request for Proposal.  It usually requires only the basic information of your business, a tax clearance certificate as well as a B-BBEE certificate and some other documents such as your Company profile, share certificates and Identity documents.  You will also find a Declaration of Interest that needs to be signed.

What is disturbing is that not all Supplier data base registration forms keep up with the new laws of the Country.  You will find that some of these registration forms still ask questions that are based on the old BEE Codes of 2003.  Not to even mention that the Codes have changed in 2007 and in 2013 again!  My advice is to make the Organ of state aware of this and to attach your current B-BBEE certificate to the forms.

To conclude it might feel that to register is unnecessary, but I strongly suggest that you register on each and every data base you can – you just never know what business will flow your way because of the registration.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Purchase of earth moving equipment 2020-05-05 11:00 AHT23827
Appointment of a panel of electrical contractors (CIDB grade 3EP to 9 EP) to provide electrical construction services to the Alfred Duma Local Municipality for a period of one year 2020-04-16 11:00 EES 01/2020
Invitation for Service Providers to Provide Short Term Insurance for uMgungundlovu District Municipality 2020-04-23 12:00 09/2020
Supply and delivery of Refuse Skip Loader Truck for Makhado Local Municipality 2020-05-08 12:00 15 of 2020
Request for Proposals for the Placement on the Municipal Panel of Professional Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Consultants for a period of thirty-six (36) months 2020-04-24 12:00 UGU-07-1540-2020
Provision of Services: Taking of Water and Sewage Samples, Analysing, and Monitoring it in Botrivier, Caledon, Tesselaarsdal, Genadendal, Grabouw, Greyton, Riviersonderend and Villiersdorp for the Period From 01 July 2020 To 30 June 2023 2020-04-24 12:00 ENG 01/2020/21
Re-advert: Procurement of Service Provider for Enhancement of the APRM Electronic Questionnaire Tool for the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) 2020-04-28 11:00 APRM/001B/SIDA/EQT/2020
Supply and Installation of Artificial grass in various parks in Hermanus for a contract period ending 30 June 2020. 2020-04-03 12:00 SC2080/2020
Supply and Delivery of Sewing Equipment 2020-04-03 12:00 FWQ201/2019
Supply and Delivery of Cable 2020-04-03 12:00 FWQ204/2019
Supply and Delivery of Sewage Mixers 2020-05-08 12:00 FWQ207/2019
Supply and Delivery of a Soft Starter Water Pump Station Alwyndal 2020-05-08 12:00 FWQ208/2019
Installation of Perimeter Fence at Polokwane Traffic Station 2020-04-30 11:00 PUDP 758
Supply, Delivery and Installation of General Steelworks and Fittings 2020-04-30 12:00 TDR125/2019
Appointment of Contractors in the Built and Environment for construction Rivoni School for the blind for the Limpopo Department of Education 2020-04-30 11:00 LDE/IA/B18/2019/20
Supply and Delivery of Manhole Rings and Covers 2020-04-09 12:00 TDR120/2019
Supply and Delivery of Chemical Cleaning Product for use in the Wastewater Systems 2020-04-09 12:00 TDR121/2019
Supply and Delivery of a Cobra Safe MLP System with Various Components and Cobra Brass Fittings 2020-04-09 12:00 TDR123/2019
Appointment of panel of contractors for urban / rural stormwater maintenance 2020-05-04 12:00 13/2020
Supply and Delivery of Various Water Fittings 2020-04-09 12:00 TDR122/2019

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