There seems to be a lot of confusion amongst entrepreneurs when it comes to tenders and sub-contracting. The Draft Preferential Procurement Regulations, have been gazetted and are currently up for review. However, these Regulations are the major cause for the confusion. Many entrepreneurs ask whether they should sub-contract or not whilst responding to a tender.

Finding Sub-contractors

According to the Draft Preferential Procurement Regulations, 30% of all Government Contracts above R30 million must be sub-contracted to specific categories of SMME’s. These categories are:

  • Black female owned EME’s or QSE’s;
  • Black youth owned EME’s or QSE’s;
  • Black owned EME’s or QSE’s.

Once the new Regulations are gazetted there businesses will need to find sub-contractors to fill this requirement.

Sub-contractors versus Consortiums and Joint Ventures

Tenders and subcontracting

Did you know tenders and subcontracting go hand in hand. In fact, subcontracting part of a tender is so common in South Africa that there are specific rules regulating subcontracting in executing tenders especially Government tenders.


Title Closing Date Tender No.
External Repair Works to, Main Building, at Sandringham Campus 2018-07-30 11:00 RFQ NO: 0479265
Upgrade of Ngumbela Sport Facility 2018-08-10 11:00 MBH/MIG/0003/2018-19
Request for proposals: Supplier of sanitary and plumbing material for the Blue Water Bay Hotel Development. 2018-08-13 12:00 CDC/237/18
Construction of MEJE CHC phase 2. 2018-08-13 12:00 CDC/17/18
Rental, delivery and servicing of portable non – flush chemical toilets 2018-07-24 12:00 13/2018/19
Horticulture services for Arnot Power Station inside and outside(South and North) the station for the period of 36 months. 2018-08-15 10:00 MPGXC005227
For Signs Including Delivery & Installation at NHLS Ehlanzeni Regional Office, 42 Ehkme Street, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga 2018-07-25 10:00 RFQ 0712043
Disposal of sellable material. 2018-08-16 11:00 DVS013-2018/19
Design and Construction of Hazardous Sorting Yard Roof. 2018-08-20 14:00 MAT00314
Supply and Install Air Conditioner at Nessie Knight Hospital 2018-07-25 11:00 RFQ 1530020
Construction of Njekeni Access Road. 2018-08-20 12:00 MNQ/SCM/07/18-19
Rental, delivery and servicing of portable non – flush chemical toilets 2018-07-24 12:00 14/2018/19
Supply and Install Air Conditioner at Willowvale Laboratory 2018-07-25 11:00 RFQ 1631018
Construction of Lusuthu to Masele Access Road. 2018-08-20 12:00 MNQ/SCM/10/18-19
Construction of Teko Fihla to Teko KonaAccess Road. 2018-08-20 12:00 MNQ/SCM/08/18-19
Construction of Joji to Tyeni Access Road. 2018-08-20 12:00 MNQ/SCM/09/18-19
Conducting Occupational Hygiene Surveys. 2018-08-21 10:00 ERIC7303-1
Supply Adobe Creative Cloud Software Licensing for a period of three (3) years to the SABC 2018-08-17 12:00 RFP/IT/2018/53
Maintenance of Bird Guards. 2018-08-21 10:00 ETW5736
Supply and delivery of support material. 2018-07-25 12:00 ANDM/CDS-CUSTOMER CARE/02/09/07/18


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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