Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Open and effective competition when bidding 

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

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 just as Section 217 of the Constitution of South Africa requires.  The Government issued these guidelines as a prescription of standards of behaviour, ethics, and accountability which it requires of its public service as well as a statement of the Government's commitment to a procurement system which enables the emergence of SMME’s.

The core principles or five principles of the procurement process in South Africa are:

  1. Value for money
  2. Open and Effective competition
  3. Ethics and Fair Dealing
  4. Accountability and Reporting
  5. Equity

The one we want to focus on today is Paragraph 2 of the General Procurement Guidelines namely “Open and Effective Competition”.  This means that everybody must have the same chance to respond to a request for quotation or bid.  These Guidelines are clear, and it states inter alia that: “Departments need to apply effort and research to get the best possible outcome from the market by ensuring that:

  1. potential suppliers have reasonable access to procurement opportunities and that available opportunities are notified at least in the Government Tender Bulletin;
  2. where market circumstances limit competition departments recognize that fact and use procurement methods that take account; of it;
  3. adequate and timely information is provided to suppliers to enable them to bid;
  4. bias and favouritism are eliminated;
  5. the costs of bidding for opportunities do not deter competent suppliers; and
  6. costs incurred in promoting competition are at least commensurate with the benefits received”.

Looking at the above it means that Government Entities must advertise their requests for quotations and bids in such a manner that the reasonable business will be able to respond to the request for quotation or bid.  Should you come across a request for quotation or bid that were not properly advertised you might want to remind that specific Government Entity about paragraph 2 in the General Procurement Guidelines.  It is our duty to make sure these Guidelines are followed.

To learn more about tenders, attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.  Book and pay online at https://howtotender.co.za/tender-expert-form/

Contact us at wernervr@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.

You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website https://howtotender.co.za/ 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.
Request for Proposals (RFP) The provision of Managed Bandwidth Connectivity Link for University of Venda for the CSIR based in Pretoria 2020-02-07 16:30 3354/07/02/2020
Appointment of duly authorised service provider for training of 118 child and youth care workers in Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District 2020-02-20 12:00 NW/DSD/13/2019
Provision of security services at Apel Regional Office, Moses Mabotha Civic Hall, Strydkraal Community Hall, Municipal House In Burgersfort, Burgerfort Flea Market, Burgersfort Landfill Site and Pelangwe Community Hall (Cluster 5) 2020-02-17 12:00 FTM/T11/19/20
Supply, delivery, registration and licencing of sedans for traffic department 2020-02-07 12:00 FTM/T10/19/20
Request for two (2) 60 Seater Buses for the University of Limpopo 2020-02-19 10:00 UL/2020/01/03
Request for Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography - Mass Specifications for the University of Limpopo 2020-02-19 10:00 UL/2020/01/01
HOPETOWN: MAGISTRATE OFFICE: Installation and replacement of air conditioners 2020-01-31 11:00 CW02/ 20
NOUPOORT: MAGISTRATE OFFICE: Installation and replacement of air conditioners 2020-01-31 11:00 CW05/ 20
BRITSTOWN: MAGISTRATE OFFICE: Installation and replacement of air conditioners 2020-01-31 11:00 CW01/ 20
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the provision of consulting services for the reseal between St Albans I/C and Linton Grange I/C on National Route 2 Section 11 km 7.19 to km 23.26. 2020-02-14 14:00 SANRAL N.002- 110- 2019/ 1F
DE AAR: MAGISTRATE OFFICE: Installation and replacement of air conditioners Bidders should have a: CIDB Grading: 1ME OR HIGHER OR 1 MEPE OR HIGHER 2020-01-31 11:00 CW04/ 20
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the improvement on National Route N2 Sections 14 and 15 from Green River (km 60) to Buffalo River bridge (km 3.2). 2020-02-14 14:00 SANRAL N.002- 145- 2012/ 1
Department of Basic Education: Midlands Region: Estcourt: Emadolobheni Primary School: Water and sanitation: upgrades to sanitation systems contract period: nine (09) calendar months cidb grading: 4GB or higher (open tender) joint venture: 3x3GB 2020-02-18 11:00 ZNTL 03026 W
Invitation for contractors with C2DB holding 2GB to 7GB, 2CE to 7CE and 2EP to 7EP to register on the Department of Human Settlements Framework [NEC] for a period of three years. 2020-02-14 11:00 HSC 03/ 2019/ 2020
SANSA invites bidders to bid for Comprehensive Travel Management Services for SANSA for a period of three (3) years. 2020-02-18 11:00 SS/ 018/ 01/ 2020
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the Consulting Engineering Services for the Reseal between Jeffreys Bay I/C and Gamtoos River on National Route 2 Section 10 km 39.2 to km 54.0. 2020-02-14 14:00 SANRAL N.002- 100- 2019/ 2F
Appointment of a service provider to maintain, enhance and hosting of website for Robben Island Museum (RIM) for a period of thirty-six (36) months 2020-02-14 11:00 RIM ICT 03- 2019/ 2020
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the improvement on National Route N2 Sections 14 and 15 from Green River (km 60) to Buffalo River bridge (km 3.2). 2020-02-14 14:00 SANRAL N.002- 145- 2012/ 1
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) requires rental of office space for the RAF Cape Town Branch for a period of nine (9) years and eleven (11) months. 2020-02-21 11:00 RAF/ 2019/ 00028
Appointment of a service provider to conduct Environmental impact assessment and Township establishment for Gauteng Industrial Development Zone (GIDZ) Springs SEZ 2020-02-10 11:00 GIDZ/ 07/ 2019- 20/ SPRINGSSEZ

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