Issue Date: 
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Finding Sub-contractors

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.

After the Preferential Procurement Regulations were gazetted there is a need for businesses to find sub-contractors.

But where are businesses, which respond to tenders, going to find sub-contractors? We have thought about this and one answer is at Briefing Sessions.

Briefing Sessions or Information Sessions, are usually compulsory for all bidders that want to respond to a specific tender. For this reason, anyone trying to win a specific tender will attend the Briefing / Information Sessions.

You will find all sorts of businesses at Briefing Sessions - from large Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed companies to the small one-man operations or sole proprietors. Many times smaller businesses won't necessarily be able to comply with all the requirements of a tender, and therefor their tender responses will be unsuccessful whereas larger businesses will comply with all the requirements of a tender and their tender responses are successful.

By implementing the 30% sub-contracting rule Government is trying to spread the wealth that comes with winning a tender. This will be good for growing SMME's in the future. We foresee that Briefing Sessions are going to be the place where potential sub-contracting deals are going to be made.

Keep in mind, for a business to become a sub-contractor it will have to be a running concern. Large businesses will only use dependable sub-contractors with a proven track record.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops, workshop dates are published on our website at For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd. which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply: Protective clothing 2018-11-19 10:00 GA11900431
Burglar Bars & Security Gate (Joodsekamp Fire Station) 2018-11-14 12:00 B325 /2018/19
Supply, Delivery and Installation of Electrical Fencing at the Klapmuts Multi-Purpose Centre. 2018-11-21 11:00 FQ/SM: 69/19
CCTV inspection of sewer infrastructure. 2018-12-12 10:30 JW 13524 RR
Supply, Delivery and Installation of Burgular Bars with a 100% Local Content at the Klapmuts Mpc and the Groendal Library. 2018-11-21 11:00 FQ/SM : 70/19
Catering of Health Volunteer Handover Ceremony Certificate in Knysna Municipality on the 16 November 2018 2018-11-14 12:00 B326/2018/19
Provision of a 100MBPS fibre layer 2 connectivity to Teraco 2018-11-20 11:00 FQ/SM: 67/19
Catering ward 40 senior citizens. 2018-11-19 12:00 SD11900283
Code: Learner and driver license training and testing for EPWP beneficiaries 2018-11-21 11:00 FQ/SM: 63/19
Disposal and cleaning of Bergzicht Formal Trading 2018-11-21 11:00 FQ/SM: 24/19
Knysna Municipality: Appointment of a Health and Safety Agent for electrification of various areas in the Greater Knysna from Nov 2018 to June 2019 2018-11-15 12:00 201/2018/19
Supply and delivery of concrete bollards 2018-11-21 11:00 FQ/SM: 54/19
Provision of Horticulture and Street Sweeping Services in the Port of Durban including the MSOE for a period of Thirty Six (36) Months. 2019-01-22 10:00 TNPA 719/CIDB
Appointing of Experienced Service Provider to Read Meters Remotely, Via Automated Meter Reading (AMR) System and Manage Metering Services for Large Power Users and Small Scale Embedded Generation Consumers. 2018-12-14 12:00 B/SM 28/19
Supply: Clothing 2018-11-19 10:00 GA11900433
Appointment of Service Providers for Various Training Programmes for a period until June 2021 2018-12-12 12:00 B/SM 24/19
Supply: Protective clothing 2018-11-19 10:00 GA11900434
Rehabilitation and Construction of Stormwater Outlet Structure in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch 2018-12-12 11:00 B/SM 06/19
Supply: 1 each x trans & roll kit m880 2018-11-14 11:00 GM1190371A
Supply: 8 activity unit x supply 316 stainless steel 1/4" ball valve 2018-11-16 15:00 GB11900321


Advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums

Consortiums are often considered as entities to use when responding to tenders in South Africa. The question that arises is whether to use a Consortium or a Joint Venture when responding to a tender. To help you with this we have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages for both Consortiums as well as Joint Ventures. In this article we list the advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums. Look out for the same article on Joint Ventures.

Consortiums Advantages:

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