Issue Date: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

When Must I Sub-Contract?

There seems to be a lot of confusion amongst entrepreneurs when it comes to tenders and sub-contracting. The Draft Preferential Procurement Regulations, have been gazetted and are currently up for review. However, these Regulations are the major cause for the confusion. Many entrepreneurs ask whether they should sub-contract or not whilst responding to a tender.

The Draft Preferential Procurement Regulations stipulates the following: 

  1. For contracts above R30 million, the tenderer MUST sub-contract a minimum of 30% of the value of the contract to –
    • One or more of the categories:
      • EME’s (Exempt Micro Enterprises) or QSE’s (Qualifying Small Enterprises) owned by black people who are female;
      • EME’s or QSE’s owned by black people from the ages 14 to 35;
      • EME’s or QSE’s owned by black people;
      • EME’s or QSE’s owned by black people with disabilities)
    • One or more Exempt Micro Enterprises (EME’s) or Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSE’s); or
    • One or more small businesses, as defined in the National Small Business Act.
  2. If a successful tenderer sub-contracts to another person without disclosing it in its tender documents, the organ of state must penalise the tenderer 10% of the value of the contract, unless the tenderer submits a satisfactory reason for failing to make the disclosure.

The Regulations are very clear because its states “the tenderer MUST sub-contract…..”. Thus, once the Regulations are finally gazetted then all contracts with a value of R30 million and above will have to comply with this Regulation. Remember that currently (as of 31 Oct. 16) the Regulations are not finalized yet.

Until such time that the Regulations are finalized the answer is easy whether or not to sub-contract – look at the scope of the tender or the special conditions. Somewhere in the tender document it will stipulated whether or not the tenderer will have to sub-contract.  Follow those rules. If the tender document doesn’t contain any sub-contracting instructions (at this stage) then it is not necessary to do so.

The fact is that the tender document will dictate what you should or should not do. Read the tender document carefully and follow the instructions to the point.

To learn more about this and all the other new developments regarding tenders, attend one of the How-to-Tender workshops.

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Tenders, B-BBEE and the new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017

We have previously asked: How important is a good B-BBEE status level of contributor in the tender process?

The answer is still the same: VERY IMPORTANT!

In all tender documents, you will find the NEW Standard Bidding Document 6.2 which is used to claim your Preference Points for B-BBEE. The higher your B-BBEE status level of contributor, the more points you will score on the Preference Points System. Ultimately the bidder or bidders scoring the highest points will be awarded the tender.

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