Issue Date: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Must my business be registered in order to tender?

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Once, a very anxious business owner phoned me and asked if I can supply him with a CK number. I was amused by this and first asked why he asked me for such a number and secondly for what did he need a CK number for? He said that because of my Tender Manual that he bought, he thought that maybe I can help him with a CK number. Also, at the briefing session of the tender that he was responding to, the person in charge of the tender said that if the responders to this tender didn't have a CK number their tender responses would be disqualified!

Obviously I was flattered by the compliment that this person thought I could help him with everything regarding his tender response but I was really confused why all responders to this specific tender needed a CK number. Now, for those of you that do not know what a CK number is, it is the general term that is given for a Close Corporation registration number; all Close Corporation numbers started with the prefix CK followed by some numbers. The ridiculousness of this statement – that all responders must provide a CK number – just proved how little this official new about general business in South Africa.

This brings us to the question - must I have a Registered Business to respond to tenders in South Africa. The short answer is simply no; you don't need a Registered Business to respond to a tender.

In South Africa you can do business in various forms of entities. The most popular of course is a Private Company or (Pty) Ltd as it is commonly known. In 1984 the South African Government of the time thought it good to give an alternative to the Private Company in the form of a Close Corporation. The idea behind the Close Corporation was to make it easier for entrepreneurs to have access to a legal business entity. The Close Corporation as a legal entity was very popular in the 1980's and 1990's. It became less popular as business owners realized that it didn't provide sufficient security against them personally and eventually Close Corporation registrations were stopped in 2011. Close Corporations that are still in existence can still operate but no new ones are allowed to register.

The fact of the matter is that if you respond to Public Sector tenders you are allowed to respond in your own name. The Standard Bidding Documents makes provision for this. Just remember that you will still need all the compulsory documents to respond to the tender albeit in your own name.

Then there is the question of experience; the Evaluation Committee members may think that you lack experience if you do not respond in the name of a Legal Entity. And as we all know, experience counts when you respond to a tender.

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 www.howtotender.co.za. Please contact Estelle at Estelle@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.

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.
The provision of clinker removal and rope access at Camden Power Station for a period of 36 months 2019-07-29 10:00 MPGXC005631
Panel: Client Decor Services 2019-07-08 12:00 CTICC 038/2019 PANEL: CLIENT DÉCOR
Provision of collecting, stripping and assessment of medium voltage motors including on site white meta bearing repairs of selected Medium Voltage Motors at Arnot Power Station 2019-07-25 10:00 MPGXC 005619
Germiston Station Minor Building Works Upgrade 2019-07-08 11:00 RFQ 02-1911150/06/2019
The province of KwaZulu-Natal, Department of Transport, invites tenders of Vukuzakhe Contractors for the Betterment and Regravelling of L2602 Contract 1 in the Ulundi Municipality within the Zululand District. 2019-08-13 11:00 ZNT373/ C266/ 2111/ S/ 1/ 2018T
Renovational Services for the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) at Pietersburg Hospital Lab, Polokwane 2019-07-18 11:00 RFB021- 19- 20
Renovation Services for the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) at Bongani Provincial Hospital, Welkom 2019-07-17 11:00 RFB0018- 19- 20
General maintenance including roof replacement; 25 Voortrekker Road; Murraysburg. 2019-07-24 11:00 G003/ 19
Water and sanitation programme phase 3A at Zamangothando Secondary School, Khawuleza PS, Sishongani PS and Induduzo PS, Ulundi 2019-07-26 11:00 ZNTU 02480 W
Water and sanitation programme phase 3A at Maphovela High School, Ulundi 2019-07-26 11:00 ZNTU 03956 W
Phase 14 Storm Damage: Repairs and Renovations to Storm Damaged Schools Throughout The Province of KwaZulu Natal 2019-07-22 11:00 VARIOUS
The Construction of the Apli Cold Storage Facility, Depot and Packhouse 2019-07-15 12:00 CDC/ 327/ 19
NDPW:Rehabilitation and Construction of the New Office block at 85 Anderson Street,Johannesburg (Heritage) 2019-08-06 11:00 JHB.19/ 20
TKZN intends to appoint a marketing services agency to provide integrated marketing services aligned to the TKZN’S 2014-2020 strategy and annual performance plan for the period of twelve months 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 03/ 2019
TKZN intends to appoint a suitable service provider to provide Public Relations and Communications support to the organization for the period of twelve months. 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 01/ 2019
TKZN intends to appoint a suitable service provider to supply, install, develop, configure and maintain the SAP Business one application system including Microsoft SQL server database 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 04/ 2019
CapeNature seeks the expertise of a suitable service provider for the supply, delivery and installation of Atmospheric Water Generators with a solar solution at the Anysberg Nature Reserve, CIDB and Local content conditions apply 2019-07-26 11:00 WCNCB 01/ 06/ 2019
Appointment of a service provider to manage Media Relations and Communication services on behalf of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission (‘the B-BBEE Commission’) for a period of 2 years. 2019-07-12 11:00 dti 06/ 19- 20
Appointment of a service provider to supply, install, configure and maintain a Telephone Management and Switchboard System for the Office of the Valuer-General on a lease basis for a period of 36 Months 2019-07-12 11:00 OVG (03) 2019/ 20
TKZN intends to appoint a Social Media Management Agency to provide social media services for a period of twelve months 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 02/ 2019

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2 items that determine tender pricing

Article by Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Many bidders that respond to tenders struggle when it comes to calculating a price for a specific tender. One of the reasons for this is that a large number of Small Business Owners are usually new to the tender process and therefore they lack the necessary experience to price their bids correctly.

Without getting into the fundamentals of accounting there are two basic items that determine your... Read More

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