Issue Date: 
Monday, April 21, 2014

Tenders Fact and Statistics

By Werner van Rooyen

21 April 2014

It is interesting to know that on average there are between 200 to 250 tenders advertised every week in the Government Tender Bulletin. If you accept that most tenders are valid for approximately one month, then it is save to say that there are at least 800 to 1000+ Government tenders available each month. This is only the tenders that are submitted by Organs of State to the Government Tender Bulletin. There are definitely tenders that do not get published by the Government Tender Bulletin, especially Municipal Tenders.

Government Bids for the procurement of supplies, services and disposals are categorised as follows:

Accommodation, leasing of Building Clothing and textiles
Audio visual equipment Civil Furniture
Building material Electrical General
Chemicals: Agricultural/Forestry/ Functional (including cleaning-, and security services) Scrap metal
Laboratory/Water Care General Vehicles
Clothing/Textiles Maintenance of electrical, mechanical  
Computer equipment equipment and plumbing  
Computer software Mechanical  
Electrical equipment Professional  
Electronic equipment Repair and maintenance of vehicles  
Furniture Transport  
Office equipment: Labour-saving devices    
Perishable provisions    
Vehicle (all types)    
Workshop equipment    

Did you know that there are 226 Local municipalities in South Africa? If there are only 5 tenders per month per municipality then this amounts to 1130 tenders per month. Add that to the 1000+ in the Government Tender Bulletin and you are already exceeding 2000+ tenders per month! Unfortunately the Government does not keep track of how many tenders there are at any specific time but it is absolutely more than 2000+ tenders per month. Underneath is a tale with each Province`s Municipality count:

Municipalities Metro poles Districts Locals
Eastern Cape 2 6 37
Free State 1 4 19
Gauteng 3 2 7
KwaZulu-Natal 1 10 50
Limpopo 0 5 25
Mpumalanga 0 3 18
North West 0 4 19
Northern Cape 0 5 27
Western Cape 1 5 24
Total 8 44 226

If you want to do business with Local Municipalities the KwaZulu-Natal is the place to go. It has by far the most Municipalities. But then again, although Gauteng has the least Local Municipalities, these Municipalities will have more procuring power than most of those in KwaZulu-Natal.

There are numerous websites, such as, which keep record of all available tenders in South Africa. Some of these websites even boast that it receives over 600 new tenders on a daily basis. This includes Government as well as private sector tenders. If you can believe these figures it means that there are over 18000 tenders available in South Africa at any given time. This figure may sound excessive but it is plausible seeing how many companies are bidding these days.

The competition out there for winning tenders are fierce between bidders but winning a tender can be the difference between surviving and closure for a business. But looking at these statistics it is clear that there are enough tenders going around for most of the good businesses in South Africa.

To ensure you stay ahead of your competition visit our website at to find out more about our Tender Workshops or purchase the new revived second edition of our Tender Manual: A practical guide on how to tender.

Until the next time - happy tendering.

Don`t delay, get educated today!

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Business Turnaround Specialists Panel. 2018-04-13 14:00 RFP 12/2017
Appointment of a Debt Sponsor and a Panel of dealers for the IDC domestic Medium Term Note (DMTN) Programme. 2018-04-09 12:00 T12/03/18
Enterprise Development Tender for Start-up enterprises in the Plumbing, Refrigeration and Airconditioning services 2018-04-12 17:00 UM P&A – Startup Opp 2018
The appointment of a service provider to provide training for all CSOS Employees on conciliation (mediation) and adjudication (arbitration). 2018-04-10 11:00 CSOS009-2018
The provision of concrete structure repairs at the fabric filter plant for a period of 6 months at Camden Power Station. 2018-04-11 10:00 MPGXC005093
Appointment of a suitably qualified service provider to supply, install, and monitor power quality meters for a period of thirty six (36) months and train municipal personnel from date of appointment. 2018-04-11 10:00 11/2018/32 N32/2018
(Re-Advertisement) Appointment of a contractor for supply, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of 11KV switchgear at NE 3 substation, Vanderbijlpark. 2018-04-11 10:00 11/2018/34 N34/2018
(Re-Advertisement) Appointment of a contractor for supply, delivery, installation, commissioning of 88KV switch gear at NE 3 substation, Vanderbijlpark. 2018-04-11 10:00 11/2018/35 N35/2018
(Re-Advertisment) Repair of protection in various substations for a period of thirty six (36) months on as and when required basis 2018-04-11 10:00 11/2018/36 N36/2018
Eskom Chartered Accountant (CA) Trainee Assessment System. 2018-04-11 10:00 CORP4372
As and When mechanical and electrical maintenance and repairs - COP 29 inspections of Rolling Stock Equipment. 2018-04-12 12:00 61/2017/CTN/RS
Provision of Major Maintenance and Reliability Substation Primary Plant in North West Operating Unit for 36 Months on an "as and when" required. 2018-04-12 14:00 PTATEN2398
Appointment of a services provider to render comprehensive hygiene services for a period of three (3) years. 2018-04-13 11:00 HSRC/04/2017/18
Provision of ablution facilities for a period of three years. 2018-04-17 12:00 CE:119
Invitation to submit proposals for establishment of a panel of professional service providers (PSP) to render professional multi-disciplinary services covering: Built-environment infrastructure projects for a period of three(3) years as and when required. 2018-05-04 12:00 T/2018/03/13/TECH/CONS
The provision of non-industrial cleaning, offices, kitchen and ablution areas at Duvha Power Station for the period of 3 (three) years. 2018-04-16 10:00 MPGXC005089
Supply and delivery of Protective Clothing for employees for 3 years. 2018-04-17 12:00 03/2018
Appointment of Service Provider for the Supply and installation of security equipment, X-ray Machines and Walk through Metal Detectors including a 5-year maintenance contract. 2018-04-19 12:00 SENT/043/2017-18
Manufacture and supply Antimony Lead Alloy Billets. 2018-04-20 12:00 355876
Short - term insurance from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019. 2018-04-20 12:00 WDM 02/2018


Tender adjudication process

The SBD/WCBD6.1 document must form part of all bids invited.  It contains general information and serves as a claim form for preference points for Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment (B -BBEE) Status Level of Contribution, and explains how tenders or bids are decided.

The document says:

  • The bidder obtaining the highest number of points will be awarded the contract.
  • Preference points shall be calculated after prices have been brought to a comparative basis.
  • Points scored will be rounded off to two decimal places... Read More
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