Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

The minimum requirements for a Start-up Business to tender.

By Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act dictates that Organs of State enforce certain minimum requirements when awarding tenders, to verify that an enterprise is legally operating and is tax compliant.

These are:

  1. Company registration documents.
  2. Be registered on the Central Supplier Database
  3. A tax clearance certificate: The business must be registered with SARS for Income Tax purposes:

But remember that to have a registered company and to have a business, is not the same thing.

These items are only the beginning.  Once you comply with these three items you must actively start doing business.  In other words, your business must be a running concern.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.  Book and pay online at

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You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website which is a step by step guide how to respond to a South African Tender.  It includes examples of completed SBD forms.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply: Tools & Machinery 2020-04-30 12:00 GD12001044
Supply: Clothing, PPE & Accessories - Clothing 2020-04-30 10:00 GA12001018
Supply: Shade cloth 2020-04-20 14:00 WG12001752
Request for the supply and delivery of meter boxes for a period of thirty-six (36) months 2020-05-08 15:00 UGU-06-1541-2020
Invitation to tender for a 24 month contract to purchase and remove scrap ferrous metal, insulators and electronic waste from various sites in the Eskom Northern Cape Area 2020-04-27 10:00 MWNC20-IR08 (Re-Issue)
Mobile Iron licence renewal (Product Code MI-EMP-D-1YMC-A) 2020-04-10 15:00 Apr03/20
Request for proposals for the appointment of a professional service provider: to provide Facility Management services for Freedom Park for a period of 5 years 2020-05-22 10:00 FP11/20PO
Appointment of a project manager to oversee the Fabrication and Installation of the 700m² permanent exhibition in the Gallery of Leaders. 2020-05-15 11:00 FP02/20HK
Expression of Interest: Proposals for Funding of Municipal Projects 2020-04-30 12:00 ELM/7/03/2020T
The provision of the nuclear engineers programme (NEP) on an as and when required basis 2020-05-12 10:00 KBG1936
Consultancy Services - Continental Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) on the implementation of a Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) 2020-04-28 15:00 AUC/IED/C/003
Provision of Accounting Services for a Three Year Period 2020-04-14 12:00 CED 12/2019-2020
Electricity Pre-Paid Vending System for a Period of Three (3) Years 2020-04-17 12:00 T 02 /2020
Supply: Medical Equipment, Accessories & Supplies 2020-04-30 12:00 GC12002615
Provision of Legal Services (Attorneys)-Panel of Professional Services for a Period of Three (3) Years 2020-04-17 12:00 T 01 /2020
Supply: Chemicals - Osec salt 2020-04-30 14:00 GC12002623
Supply: Chemicals - Osec salt 2020-04-30 14:00 GC12002625
Provision of External Loan Finance 2020-04-24 12:00 04/2020
Supply: Electrical Equipment & Components - Elec-equipment 2020-04-23 12:00 GH12002059
Supply and Delivery of Protective Clothing 2020-04-10 12:00 05/2020


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