Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Tender scoring and tender fraud       

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

We are asked by many people that attend our How-to-Tender workshops if all tenders are not awarded fraudulently.  Our straight and quick answer is no, not all tenders are awarded on a fraudulent manner.

The reason we are saying this is because there are just too many tenders going around in South Africa for all of it to be awarded fraudulently.  If you look at the statistics it will show that there are at any given time about 3000 tenders available in South Africa – this consists of Public Sector tenders as well as Private Sector tenders.  One can safely assume that most tenders are valid for 30 days (one month) before it closes and because of this it is safe to say that there are about 36000 tenders per annum floating in South Africa.  It will be impossible to commit fraud on all these tenders.

There is also the drive from all Government departments and Provinces to be transparent in all their tender activities.  We deal with the Public Sector daily and we experience increased transparency from most of the departments especially when it comes to awarding a tender.

The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act also provides the Public Sector with the Preferential Procurement Scoring system whereby bidders must score points to advance from one stage to another and to finally be awarded the tender.  This scoring system should be the only way that tenders are awarded – if not then there is a problem.

If you know of any fraudulent tender activities, please be a whistle blower and report to the Tender Fraud hotline 0800 701 701.

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

Contact us at should you require more information.

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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