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 and deliver warmer fluid cabinet. NB: specification no. M27 (mechanical) will be attached on tender documents. 2018-06-01 11:00 ZNQ 51/ 18/ 19- H
Supply and deliver materials for shelves. 2018-06-01 11:00 ZNQ 59/ 18/ 19- C
Supply and deliver carpentry materials. 2018-06-01 11:00 ZNQ 60/ 18/ 19- H
Annual servicing of all hospital fire fighting equipment x 1 2018-06-01 11:00 ZNQ 231 / 18 / 19
Refurbishment and Waterproofing of roofs at SARS Alberton Campus Building 2018-06-25 11:00 Gauteng: South African Revenue Service: Facilities
Upgrade, Install, Repair and Mantain the HVAC at Lehae La SARS 2018-08-20 11:00 RFP 24/ 2018
Appointment of a service provider for SANParks to act as a Single Service Aggregator (SSA) for all ICT services for a period of five (5) years with an option to renew. 2018-06-18 11:00 GNP- 008- 18
South African Social Security Agency Hereby Invites Potential Service Providers for the Issuing of Social Relief of Distress Through the Redemption of a Voucher System for Identified Beneficiaries for a period of three (3) years 2018-06-18 11:00 SASSA: 02/ 18/ GA/ KZN
Servicing of all doors in theater including main entrance and ward 9 x 11 machines 2018-06-01 11:00 ZNQ 297 / 18 / 19
Appointment of a project and event management service provider for the Kimberley Diamond Cup Skateboarding Programme. 2018-06-15 11:00 DEDaT 0001/ 2018
Appointment of an operator to operate the restaurant at the lowveld National Botanical Garden, Riverside, Mbombela, Mpumalanga, for a period of five years 2018-06-25 11:00 SANBI: G297/ 2018
Annual servicing domestic hot water inline heaters x 16 units 2018-06-01 11:00 ZNQ 299 / 18 / 19
Panel for the Provision of Debt Collection Services. 2018-06-15 11:00 NUR- DCS006/ 05/ 2018/ 19
Appointment of an independent SANAS accredited service provider to assist the Department of Correctional services with inspection and testing of textiles, clothing, footwear, leather, metal badges and insignia for a period of 36 months (3 years). 2018-06-25 11:00 HO2/ 2018
Annual servicing of autoclaves x 4 2018-06-01 11:00 ZNQ 233 / 18 / 19
Panel for the Provision of Recruitment Agent Services. 2018-06-15 11:00 NUR- RAS004/ 05/ 2018/ 19
Proposed acquisition of a vacant piece of land, approximately 3000m2 - 5000m2 in extent, Cale-don Central Business District for the construction of a new Provincial Shared Office Complex. 2018-06-19 11:00 PM 001/ 18
Appointment of Panel of Recruitment Agency for thirty six (36) months period from the date of engagement. 2018-06-15 11:00 RFP: 019/ 12/ 2017
Panel for the Provision of Legal Services 2018-06-15 11:00 NUR- PLS005/ 05/ 2018/ 19
Provision for a Panel of Professional Experts (Quantity survey, Land Surveyors, Engineers,etc) for thirty six (36) months period from the date of engagement. 2018-06-15 11:00 RFP: 010/ 10/ 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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