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.
All prospective bidders are hereby invited to submit quotations for the following: maintenance material for electrical 2017-08-21 12:00 No reference supplied
Complaints & Disciplinary Management System 2017-08-28 12:00 T04/2017
Master Data Management System 2017-08-28 12:00 T04/2017
Trust Interest Collection System 2017-08-28 12:00 T03/2017
Supply of fuel and lubrications as follows: Phalaborwa - Consignment'stock basis; Richards Bay - Drop and go basis 2017-08-24 15:00 T154/17
TKZN virtual reality technology 2017-09-29 12:00 TKZN 10/2017
Supply and Delivery of Voter Registration Devices 2017-10-06 11:00 IEC/LG-04/2017
Stellenbosch University (SU) is seeking a partner with the necessary experience and track record to design, develop and implement a software application and/or offer a software solution that supports the University’s management of research contracts. 2017-09-04 13:00 No reference supplied
Request for Proposals Non Profit Organizations (NPOs) to implement Social Behaviour Change Programme for 2016/2017 financial year 2017-09-15 12:00 No reference supplied
Appointment of a panel of Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management service providers for 24 months 2017-09-04 12:00 UKZN 07/1
Appointment of a professional service provider to research and analyse financial emergencies in South African Municipalities under the National Treasury - cities support programme 2017-09-04 11:00 RFP 143/2017
Appointment of External Audit Service Provider 2017-09-04 12:00 UMP2017/07/001
Cafeteria Services for all nominated Campuses 2017-09-06 11:00 PUR 202/6
Waste Management for all Campuses 2017-09-06 11:00 PUR 3203/12
Horticultural Maintenance at Athlone, Dulcie September Hall. 2017-08-28 14:00 W101800152
Construction of a Building at Wingfield for Workshops and Classrooms (Minimum 4 CIDB Rating) 2017-09-06 11:00 PUR 5600/10
Horticultural Maintenance at Turfhall Stadium Soft Ball Sports Complex 2017-08-28 14:00 W101800147
Events Management Services for a National Gender Based Violence Conference from 3-5 October 2017 in Gauteng. 2017-08-18 17:00 No reference supplied
Appointment of a service provider to lease premises to the SHRA for a period of three (3)years 2017-09-01 11:00 SHRA/RFB/ ADMIN/06/201718
Cricket Pitch x3 Maintenance at Chukker Road Sports Complex 2017-08-28 14:00 W101800151


Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids (tenders) you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids (tenders) as follows:

  • The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points... Read More
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