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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.
Supply Image transfer kit 2018-05-25 11:00 GM11800759
Supply light blue Accessible files 2018-05-25 11:00 GM11800762
‘Expression of interest for: The appointment of a turnkey contractor on a turnkey contracting basis to address the housing needs of Langberg Municipality for a period 01 July 2018 – 30 June 2021. 2018-06-22 12:00 07/2018
Supply Groceries 2018-05-28 15:00 GF11800893
Supply and delivery of refuse compactor truck 2018-06-08 11:00 BV 713
Supply and delivery of Various Equipment to Caledon 2018-05-25 12:00 TR 06/2017/18
Supply high density polyethylene multilayer pipe. 2018-05-28 15:00 GB11800776
Supply & deliver of water and sanitation decals (500mm X 185mm) 2018-05-28 12:00 SK11800304
Tank replacement at Witzand Water Treatment Plant. 2018-06-01 12:00 SK11800295
Supply and Installation of Vehicle Tracking System and Monitoring for the period from 01 July 2018 Until 30 June 2021 2018-06-08 12:00 ENG - 16/2017/18
Supply Paint brushes 2018-05-28 15:00 GB11800775
Upgrading of Mv and Lv Electrical Network in main road, Riviersonderend 2018-06-08 12:00 ELEC 02/2018/19
Supply and delivery of sewerage tanker onto a single chassis 2018-06-08 11:00 BV 714
Supply Hach sc 200 - dissolved oxygen input. 2018-05-28 12:00 GD11801236
Supply and delivery of Security Uniform. 2018-05-23 11:00 64/2017/2018
Supply and delivery of light delivery vehicles (LDVs) 2018-06-08 11:00 BV 715
Supply and delivery of sound system. 2018-05-25 11:00 GK11800698
Repairs to Gas at Brackenfell rugby club Sport Complex. 2018-05-30 12:00 SB11800596
Supply and delivery of mobile devices. 2018-05-25 11:00 GK11800692
Provision of IT Audit 2018-05-23 11:00 88/2017/2018


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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