Tenders, B-BBEE and the new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017

We have previously asked: How important is a good B-BBEE status level of contributor in the tender process?

The answer is still the same: VERY IMPORTANT!

In all tender documents, you will find the NEW Standard Bidding Document 6.2 which is used to claim your Preference Points for B-BBEE. The higher your B-BBEE status level of contributor, the more points you will score on the Preference Points System. Ultimately the bidder or bidders scoring the highest points will be awarded the tender.

Brand new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017 for Tenders

The brand new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017, has been finalized and was gazetted on 20 January 2017. There are some interesting changes and challenges that we will discuss during the coming months. This is the official media release from National Treasury:

The regulations were initially promulgated in 2001 and revised in 2011 thus making this the second revision since the initial promulgation.

Draft Procurement Regulations Media Release

 The Draft Procurement Regulations 2016 were released on 14 June 2016. If these regulations are going to be implemented it will change the Tender environment in South Africa. Below is the media release from the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, explaining the major changes in the Regulations:

“The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) has published the proposed new Preferential Procurement Regulations*, to afford the public an opportunity to comment.

General Procurement Guidelines

Government issued the General Procurement Guidelines not only as a prescription for standards of behaviour, ethics and accountability, which it requires of its public service, but also as a statement of their commitment to a procurement system enabling the emergence of sustainable small, medium and micro businesses. These SME's will add to the common wealth of the country and its objective of enhanced economic and social well-being for all its people.

Tenders in South Africa are measured on three principles, namely Functionality, Price and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE). An Enterprise's ability to execute a contract is measured through the Functionality Principal in the Tender Environment. If an Enterprise's tender response does not pass the Functionality test it can't be measured on Price and B-BBEE. Enterprises that respond to tenders must ensure that they will pass the Functionality test in order to advance.

Functionality in Tenders Part 1

The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act 2011, establishes the rules according to how Government Entities must evaluate tenders. The Preferential Procurement Regulations of 2011 takes it a step further and gives guidance on how to specifically award points according to certain criteria such as B-BBEE and Price.

There appears to be a serious lack of knowledge regarding South African tender procedures. Here, the tender processes are ruled by various Acts, Regulation and Guidelines which are specifically designed to ensure that the tender processes are in line with the Constitution of South Africa - which dictates that the tender process should be fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective.

It is important to know that when you respond to a tender there are certain guidelines that Government Officials need to follow in order to evaluate your tender. According to the Implementation Guide*, Accounting Officers and Accounting Authorities of all public entities** and municipal entities must comply with the rules and guidelines stipulated below.

If one looks at the General Procurement Guidelines that National Treasury issued to Government Departments, it is clear that Government wants the tender process to be fair, equitable, transparent, competitive and cost-effective exactly as Section 217 of the Constitution of South Africa requires.

Draft Procurement Regulations 2015

The Government thought it a good idea to have a look at the Preferential Procurement Regulations of 2011 and to change these Regulations to better fit the South African Tender Environment.

These Regulations were quietly issued end of 2015 for public comment.

As the case with most new Regulations or Acts there is always good and bad that accompanies it.

Some of the good things addressed in these draft regulations are:

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply and deliver 75mm X 45mm Number Decals starting from 0-8 2018-03-05 11:00 GQ02181698
Supply and deliver Oval Decals with a length of approximately 285mm and width of 202mm 2018-03-05 11:00 GQ02181698
African Union research grants: 2018 - open call for proposals 2018-05-22 17:00 HRST/ST/AURG-II/CALL2/2018
Supply and install Inlet and Outlet Pressure Gauges for Inductively coupled Plasma 2018-03-05 11:00 CSQ02181226
Supply and install High Purity Nitrogen Regulator for Inductively coupled Plasma 2018-03-05 11:00 CSQ02181226
Supply fluke tpak toolpak 2018-02-27 12:00 GD11800773
Supply Endress+Hauser Ultrasonic FMU90R22CA161AA1A Flow Meter,and Prosonic Level Sensor FDU91 2018-03-02 12:00 GD11800775
Supply vegawell 52 pressure transmitter 2018-02-27 12:00 GD11800776
Torula yeast,Nature’s choice 500g x 5bottles 2018-03-02 11:00 RFQ 000225
Supply of Precise Leveling equipment 2018-03-02 12:00 GD11800778
Re-Advert - Appointment of a service provider for the supply and implementation of an in-house finance system 2018-03-02 11:00 009- 2017/ 2018
Supply: Battery operated grinder 2018-03-02 12:00 GD11800779
Request for proposals to assist the ARC with the Annual Organizational and 360 degree assessments (Re-advertisement) 2018-03-23 11:00 ARC/ 13/ 09/ 17
Supply and Deliver SS Bracket as per Drawing attached, 3 Core 1mm instrumentation Screen Cable and E+H FDU 92 2018-03-02 12:00 GD11800780
Supply and deliver Cuvettes for Diaspect HB meter 2018-03-09 11:00 H392/ 17/ 18
Supply and deliver Screening OAE with DPOAE 2018-03-09 11:00 H346/ 17/ 18
Supply Comb binder & laminator a4&a3 machine 2018-02-26 11:00 GM11800633
Supply and delivery of firearm spare parts for Heckler and Koch Submachine Guns: to the South African Police Service nationally for a period of two (02) years 2018-03-23 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 46TT (17)
Gauze Swabs Sterile 100x100x8ply -100 Pieces Per Pkt ,40 Pkts Per Case X 100 Cases 2018-03-05 11:00 ZNQ 573/ 17/ 18
Supply, Delivery, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of Imaging Radiology Equipment at Various Gauteng Health Institutions for period three (3) years 2018-03-16 11:00 GT/ GDH/ 049/ 2018

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Tender adjudication process

The SBD/WCBD6.1 document must form part of all bids invited.  It contains general information and serves as a claim form for preference points for Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment (B -BBEE) Status Level of Contribution, and explains how tenders or bids are decided.

The document says:

  • The bidder obtaining the highest number of points will be awarded the contract.
  • Preference points shall be calculated after prices have been brought to a comparative basis.
  • Points scored will be rounded off to two decimal places... Read More
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