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.
Cleaning of reservoirs and towers. 2018-03-27 10:30 JW OPS 015/17
Appointment of a Travel Agent for the period of 3 years 2018-03-27 11:00 MHSC015/2017-18
Supply & Delivery of Borehole Maintainance Spares to Mopani District Municipality for 36mothns Multi-framework contract. 2018-03-27 12:00 MDM 2017-055/1
Requests for proposals are hereby invited from relevant services providers for the lease of Desktops and Laptops for a period of 36 months 2018-03-29 12:00 UGU-05-1466-2018
Repairs to roads including pothole patching using environmentally friendly technology within the Msunduzi Municipality’s area of Jurisdiction. 2018-03-27 12:00 SUPPLY AND SERVICES CONTRACT No. 80 OF 2018
Appointment of a Panel of a Maximum Ten (10) Service Providers for the Supply and Delivery of Additional Emergency Relief Stock for a period of 36 months 2018-03-29 12:00 UGU-05-1467-2018
Appointment of Three (3) Service Providers for Supply and Delivery of Free Basic Alternative Energy for Polokwane Municipality for a Period of Two (2) Years (Re-Advert). 2018-03-27 10:00 291/2016
Supply and Delivery of water purification chemicals to Mopani District Municipality for 36Months Multi-Framework Contract. 2018-03-27 11:00 MDM 2017-054
Appointment of service provider to provide courier services for a period of 3 years (Re-Advert) 2018-03-28 10:00 222/2016
Appointment of accredited service providers to service, repair and replacement of the following fire equipment, fire extinguishers, fire hoses reels, fire hydrants, fire hydrant boosters, symbolic signs of the municipality for the period of three (3) year. 2018-03-28 10:00 PM92/2017
Supply and delivery of Sanitary Hygiene Services for the period 01 July 2018 to 30 June 2021 2018-03-23 12:00 WDM 03/2018
Request For Information (RFI) for the Automation Identification Data Capture. 2018-03-29 10:00 CORP 4359
Supply delivery and installation of Outdoor Gym Equipment for a contract period of 24 months 2018-03-29 12:00 BSM 69/18
Supply and delivery of Artificial Grass for a contract period of 24 months. 2018-03-29 12:00 BSM 70/18
Construction of Idas Valley Merriman outfall sewer and associated works. 2018-03-29 12:00 BSM 65/18
Supply and delivery of chemicals for use in the purification of water. 2018-03-29 12:00 TENDER 72-17/18
Refuse removal in Brandwag and Ruiterbos. 2018-03-29 12:00 TENDER 73-17/18
Statutory inspection and testing of lifting equipment 2018-04-03 10:00 246S/2017/18
Invitation to service providers: Appointment for facilities management and cleaning services in the Bojanala, Dr Kenneth Kaunda and Ngaka Modiri Molema Areas. 2018-04-11 11:00 NWDC/BOJANG/2018
Request for information - Precinct development 2018-04-10 11:00 RFI-001-2017/2018


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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