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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.


In the tender process it is essential that an enterprise has experience in the industry that it wants to tender in. In fact, the more experience the enterprise has, the better its chances of being awarded a tender.

Can a startup enterprise be awarded a tender? The answer to this question can only be made by the Organ of State that has issued the tender. But, there are definitely some things that a startup can do to ensure that it subscribes to the minimum requirements of a tender.

These minimum requirements are:

Three Challenges to Starting a Business to Tender

Every day the average business owner faces different challenges in the tender process. Several challenges keep on repeating themselves over and over again especially when you are a start-up business or if you opened a company with the specific intention to respond to tenders. These challenges are:

1. Experience


By Werner van Rooyen

24 March 2014

In the tender process it is essential that an enterprise has some experience of the supply that it wants to tender on. In fact, the better the enterprise is with its supply the better its changes of being awarded a tender.

Starting your own business

By Werner van Rooyen

21 July 2014

Starting your own business in South Africa can be a daunting task. Just ask anyone who has done it and has been successful. There are so many things that need to be taken into consideration when starting your own business.

Ease of opening a business

By Werner van Rooyen

25 August 2014

South Africa was recently rated 44th when comes to the ease of doing business according to a survey that is done yearly by the World Bank. This is all good and well if you are an overseas investor with a lot of money and looking for new places to invest in. However, if you are a South African with little or no money, doing and or starting a business in South Africa can be a daunting task!

5 Facts to remember when starting a business

Article by W van Rooyen

5 January 2015

These days it is not uncommon for entrepreneurs to start a business solely for the purpose to respond to tenders or request for proposals. The fact is that in South Africa it has become a fulltime job to respond to tenders, especially if you want to do business with Organs of State or with large Private Sector entities.


Title Closing Date Tender No.
Sale of Industrial Erven – Aberdeen 2018-06-07 12:00 46/2018
Supply, Delivery, Installation and Commissioning of a Conference Microphone System 2018-06-07 12:00 47/2018
On Management Information System. 2018-06-18 11:00 RFI/01/On Management Information System/18/19/MK
Tenders are invited to Repair Compactor Tailgate Slide Pins 2018-05-29 11:00 CSQ05181296
The Supply and Delivery of Wet Rations, bread and rolls to the Department of Defence (West Coast area). 2018-10-11 11:00 SPSC- B- 003- 2018
Delivery /Mobile Post Box Solution. 2018-06-18 11:00 RFI 03/Delivery /Mobile Post Box Solution/18/19/MK
Automated Parcel Locker/Pack Station Solution/18/19/MK. 2018-06-18 11:00 RFI 02/Automated Parcel Locker /Pack Station Solution
The Supply and Delivery of Wet Rations, various meat (fresh and frozen) to the Department of Defence (West Coast area). 2018-10-11 11:00 SPSC- B- 002- 2018
Tenders are invited to Conduct Research of Artist as well as Host Cluster Indaba's 2018-05-28 11:00 CSQ05181291
Request For Information For A Suitable Mobile APP Solution. 2018-06-18 11:00 RFI 04/Request For Information For a Suitable Mobile APP Solution /18/19/MK
Financing of Emalahleni Local Municipality multi year capital budget for 2018/2028 for the amount of r 15 000 000.00 by means of external loan from a financial institution in line with National Treasury Investment Regulation. 2018-06-18 12:00 ELM/6/5/2018T
The Breede Valley Municipality invites tenders for the provision of speed law enforcement and back office services for a period not exceeding three (3) years (36 months), of which the first two (2) years will be operational and the remaining year (12 months) will be a dry run. 2018-06-22 11:00 BV 694
The Supply and Delivery of Wet Rations, various fish (fresh and frozen) to the Department of Defence (West Coast area). 2018-10-11 11:00 SPSC- B- 001- 2018
The Breede Valley Municipalities invites tenders for the professional interpretation and translation services for the period ending 30 June 2021. 2018-06-22 11:00 BV 708
The Supply and Delivery of Dry Rations, Coffee, Tea and Cooking Oil to the Department of Defence (West Coast area). 2018-10-25 11:00 SPSC- B- 012- 2018
Supply, delivery and offloading of lime to Umgeni Water’s Operational area in Kwazulu Natal. 2018-06-28 12:00 2018/137
The Supply and Delivery of Dry Rations, Condiments, Pickles and Herbs and Spices to the Department of Defence (West Coast area). 2018-10-25 11:00 SPSC- B- 011- 2018
Maintain and repair Centlec (SOC) fleet of distribution transformer and associated equipment. 2018-06-29 11:00 RFP31 -2017
Pool of contractors for Civil engineering and general building works (CIDB grading 6-8) to be appointed on an "as and when" required basis for the period of 36 months. 2018-06-29 12:00 G/G/M/015/005/2018
Request for the Appointment of a Service Provider to Supply and Deliver of Pothole Repair Material for Department of Police Roads and Transport for a Period of 36 Months (TENDER DOCUMENT AMOUNT R500) 2018-06-15 11:00 PR&T/BID01/2018/19


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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