Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

There is no such thing as a “Tendering Business”!

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

On our website, www.howtotender.co.za, we have a contact us page where entrepreneurs and companies can ask questions with regards to our products and services.  However, we do get a lot of questions and requests through this page on “How to start a tendering business”.  We have noted that a common thread through these enquiries is the misperception that to tender is a business. 

Do not think that once you have registered a company, got a Tax Clearance Certificate as well as a B-BBEE Certificate you are ready to tender, thinking that these three documents will ensure that you will be successful in your bidding efforts.  The truth of the matter is that unfortunately you would be lucky if your tender response makes it through the first round of evaluation.

To tender, you must have a business!  Even if it is a start-up business, you must have the intention to do business, irrespective of winning a tender or not.

You cannot say that you have registered this business and now you are ready to tender for security services, cleaning services, building bridges, or supplying canons to the army.  It just does not work that way.  Five or ten years ago these business operations and tender responses were acceptable, but nowadays you will not get far with these kinds of tricks of you do not already have a business.  Remember that to have a registered company and to have a business, is not the same thing.

There are several checks and balances in place to ensure that the whole tender process is transparent.  Gone are the days that you could respond to a tender and be awarded the tender and not even had a business premises where you operated from.

So, to summarize:

  • Ensure that you have a legitimate business operation;
  • If you have a startup business, ensure that there is evidence of business transactions other than that of the tender that you are responding to;
  • Establish a business address and/or an office where your business operates from.

To tender is not a business but if you have a business and you respond to tenders it can be extremely rewarding.

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 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.
Placement of next generation sequencer for a period of (5) five years for Virology Doctor George Mukhari with service and maintenance. 2020-10-09 11:00 RFB187/ 19/ 20
Standard Laptops 2020-10-13 11:00 0010430697
Renewal of Mimecast licenses for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlement for a period of three (3) years. 2020-10-09 11:00 RFB 2130/ 2020
RFB 2226/2020: Supply, install and configure an electronic mail secure archive and compliance solution to Sita with maintenance and support for a period of five (5) years 2020-10-09 11:00 RFB 2226- 2020
Supply and delivery of Lidar camera (with maintenance and spares contract) and post-processing software (including updates) for the SAEON Elwandle Node’s existing Airborne Remote Sensing Platform in Port Elizabeth 2020-10-23 11:00 NRF/ SAEONLIDAR/ 12/ 2020- 21
Supply and delivery of 9mm and 5.56mm ammunition to the Public Transport Enforcement Services Directorate for a 3 year project 2020-10-09 11:00 ZNB0068/ 19T
Appointment of a suitable service provider for a once-off supply, delivery and installation of office furniture at the Office of the valuer General Centre Walk building. 2020-10-09 11:00 OVG (03) 2020/ 21
Expression of interest in the appointment of service providers to be included in a database for the replacement of defaulting service providers and allocation of new clusters in the provision of food items [perishables and non–perishables] to feeding schools within Ugu District under the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for the duration of the current tender ZNB 0799-0958 E/ 2019/2020 2020-10-09 11:00 ZNB 0007 E/ 2020/ 2021
Expression of interest in the appointment of service providers to be included in a database for the replacement of defaulting service providers and allocation of new clusters in the provision of food items [perishables and non–perishables] to feeding schools within Umlazi District under the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for the duration of the current tender ZNB 1325-1450 E/ 2019/2020 2020-10-09 11:00 ZNB 0010 E/ 2020/ 2021
Expression of interest in the appointment of service providers to be included in a database for the replacement of defaulting service providers and allocation of new clusters in the provision of food items [perishables and non–perishables] to feeding schools within iLembe District under the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) for Kwazulu-Natal Department of Education for the duration of the current tender ZNB 0249-0379 E/ 2019/2020 2020-10-09 11:00 ZNB 0004 E/ 2020/ 2021
Expression of interest in the appointment of service providers to be included in a database for the replacement of defaulting service providers and allocation of new clusters in the provision of food items [perishables and non–perishables] to feeding schools within Umzinyathi District under the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for the duration of the current tender ZNB 1451-1595 E/ 2019/2020 2020-10-09 11:00 ZNB 0011 E/ 2020/ 2021
Expression of interest in the appointment of service providers to be included in a database for the replacement of defaulting service providers and allocation of new clusters in the provision of food items [perishables and non–perishables] to feeding schools within Umgungundlovu District under the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) for KwazZulu-Natal Department of Education for the duration of the current tender ZNB 0959-1127 E/ 2019/2020 2020-10-09 11:00 ZNB 0008 E/ 2020/ 2021
Expression of interest in the appointment of service providers to be included in a database for the replacement of defaulting service providers and allocation of new clusters in the provision of food items [perishables and non–perishables] to feeding schools within Pinetown District under the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for the duration of the current tender ZNB 0600-0798 E/ 2019/2020 2020-10-09 11:00 ZNB 0006 E/ 2020/ 2021
Expression of interest in the appointment of service providers to be included in a database for the replacement of defaulting service providers and allocation of new clusters in the provision of food items [perishables and non–perishables] to feeding schools within King Cetswayo District under the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for the duration of the current tender ZNB 0380-0599 E/ 2019/2020 2020-10-09 11:00 ZNB 0005 E/ 2020/ 2021
Expression of interest in the appointment of service providers to be included in a database for the replacement of defaulting service providers and allocation of new clusters in the provision of food items [perishables and non–perishables] to feeding schools within Amajuba District under the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for the duration of the current tender ZNB 0035-0126 E/ 2019/2020 2020-10-09 11:00 ZNB 0002 E/ 2020/ 2021
Expression of interest in the appointment of service providers to be included in a database for the replacement of defaulting service providers and allocation of new clusters in the provision of food items [perishables and non–perishables] to feeding schools within Harry Gwala District under the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for the duration of the current tender ZNB 0127-0248 E/ 2019/2020 2020-10-09 11:00 ZNB 0003 E/ 2020/ 2021
Expression of interest in the appointment of service providers to be included in a database for the replacement of defaulting service providers and allocation of new clusters in the provision of food items [perishables and non–perishables] to feeding schools within Umkhanyakude District under the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for the duration of the current tender ZNB 1128-1324 E/ 2019/2020 2020-10-09 11:00 ZNB 0009 E/ 2020/ 2021
Expression of interest in the appointment of service providers to be included in a database for the replacement of defaulting service providers and allocation of new clusters in the provision of food items [perishables and non–perishables] to feeding schools within Uthukela District under the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for the duration of the current tender ZNB 1451-1595 E/ 2019/2020 2020-10-09 11:00 ZNB 0012 E/ 2020/ 2021
Expression of interest in the appointment of service providers to be included in a database for the replacement of defaulting service providers and allocation of new clusters in the provision of food items [perishables and non–perishables] to feeding schools within Zululand District under the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for the duration of the current tender ZNB 1451-1595 E/ 2019/2020 2020-10-09 11:00 ZNB 0013 E/ 2020/ 2021
Call for expression of interest to provide various off-the-shelf eLearning courses 2020-10-07 15:00 AUC/AHRM/C/006

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