Sub-contractors versus Consortiums and Joint Ventures

5 reasons why Joint Ventures fail

Joint ventures are collaborative arrangements where two or more businesses decide to collaborate for a common purpose such as bidding for a tender.

There are many examples of successful Joint Ventures, such as  Sony-Ericsson, Virgin Mobile India Limited, Nokia (Siemens AG and Nokia Corp), Cadbury Schweppes PLC Carlyle Group Joint Venture and Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Company. They  are all well-known and are very lucrative. But having a Joint Venture does not guarantee success.

5 rules to remember when bidding through a Joint Venture

By Werner van Rooyen

5 October 2015

If you want to bid for a specific tender and do not have all the necessary skills, recourses, infrastructure or capital you can always look for partners with whom you can join forces through Joint Ventures. A JV can bring you the success you want without being trapped in a never ending partnership or shareholding scenario.

Joint Ventures - important tool in the Tender Process

By Werner van Rooyen

14 September 2015

On 1 May 2015 the Amended B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice came into effect. These Amended Codes have a major impact on the B-BBEE Scores of all businesses that participate in B-BBEE in South Africa. The bottom line is that the B-BBEE scoring levels have changed drastically. If a company does not have any sort of Black Ownership it is going to be very difficult to achieve a decent B-BBEE Score.

Tenders and Joint Ventures

By Werner van Rooyen

14 April 2014

Do not under estimate the power of Joint Ventures because many tenders have been awarded to Joint Ventures and many more tenders will be awarded to Joint Ventures.

8 things you must know about Joint Ventures

By Werner van Rooyen

6 October 2014

One of the most popular types of business arrangements that are being used by South Africans, in the Tender environment, is Joint Ventures. There are eight things that you must know about Joint Ventures:

  1. Definition

A Joint Venture is a strategic cooperation where two or more people and/or companies agree to contribute goods, services and/or capital to a common commercial enterprise for the purpose of a specific tender or request for proposal.

10 Strategies to apply for Joint Ventures Partners

By W van Rooyen 

10 November 2014

Joint Ventures can be very lucrative business relationships. In previous articles about Joint Ventures we have talked about the eight things you must know about Joint Ventures as well as how Tenders and Joint Ventures work.

Today we concentrate on the ten strategies that any entrepreneur should apply when choosing Joint Ventures partners.

10 features of a good Joint Venture Agreement

By W van Rooyen

19 January 2015

A Joint Venture is a good business idea to compete for tenders if one does not have all the necessary expertise that are required for a specific tender. The thing to remember though is that you must have a solid Joint Venture Agreement in place for your Joint Venture. A good, rock solid Joint Venture Agreement will protect the participants to the Joint Venture.

Consortiums versus Joint Ventures

By Werner van Rooyen

16 March 2015

It is common business practice to form a Joint Venture when one responds to a tender, especially if you do not have all the expertise required for the specific tender. But Joint Ventures can be complicated to form and to find the correct partner for the Joint Venture can be challenging. There is an alternative option. You could go into a consortium when responding to a tender.


Title Closing Date Tender No.
Request for Bid for Travel Management Services for the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) for the period of 36 months. 2018-04-23 11:00 RFB 033/ 2017- 18
Bloemfontein SAPS (PSS) VIP Protection Unit: Alternative Office Accommodation and Parking Facilities: 2257.34m2 and 48 Parking Bays. 2018-04-10 11:00 BL17/ 027
Supply, installation, and delivery of a Storage Allocated Network (SAN) unit. 2018-04-04 12:00 IRBA002/ 2018
Appointment of a service provider for the development of language items for an e-assessment system for intermediate phase (Grade 4 and 6). 2018-04-13 11:00 HSRC/ 10/ 2017/ 18
Appointment of Service Providers to Render Comprehensive Hygiene Services for the period of three (3) years. 2018-04-13 11:00 HSRC/ 04/ 2017/ 18
Provision of a high quality courier service to the Human Sciences Research Council (SRC) offices, nationally and internationally for a period of 36 months. 2018-04-13 11:00 HSRC/ 07/ 2017/ 18
Supply and Installation of Manhole Grids for a period of three (3) years: Five Regions in the Gauteng Province. 2018-04-16 11:00 DRT 44/ 11/ 2017
King Williams Town & Surrounding area: Term contract for operation & maintenance of water care facilities. 2018-04-10 11:00 PET05/ 2018
Port Elizabeth & surrounding area: Term contract for operation & maintenance of water care facilities. 2018-04-10 11:00 PET02/ 2018
Provision of security guarding services in state houses & buildings, (access control & guarding). From Monday to Friday, including weekends & public holidays for a period of twelve (12) months. 2018-04-10 11:00 PES01/ 2018
Tsitsikama & surrounding area: Term contract for operation & maintenance of water care facilities. 2018-04-10 11:00 PET04/ 2018
Middelburg & surrounding area: Term contract for operation & maintenance of water care facilities. 2018-04-10 11:00 PET03/ 2018
Zwelitsha Provincial SAPS Commissioner office: Installation of air conditioners. 2018-04-10 11:00 PE05/ 2018
Research to determine the policy statement to inform the review of the Built Environment Professions legislation (CBE Act 2000 and Six Professions Acts). 2018-04-09 11:00 HP 17/ 025
Pretoria: Procurement of Office Accommodation of 3 414.57 square meters and 48 parking bays usage by the SAPS for a period of 5 years preferably in Rosslyn (Akasis) CBD within 3 KM North-West and South-West of current Akasia Police Station 2018-04-17 11:00 PT18/ 012
Property Management Service for Department of Infrastructure Development for a period of three years. 2018-04-20 11:00 RFP 07/ 03/ 2018
Appointment of Consultants/Professional Services for construction of the following buildings: Media Centre and Wellness Centre. 2018-04-19 11:00 EEC/ T01/ 2018
Installation for new six medical gas and six new medical air points for NICU. 2018-03-27 11:00 ZNQ 06/ 03/ 2017
Servicing of fire fighting equipment at resource centre, Estcourt Mortuary, Ladysmith Mortuary and all Uthukela EMS bases. 2018-03-26 11:00 12 / 17- 18
Appointment of a service provider for leasing of high speed printing machines to Northern Cape Department of Education for a period of five (5) years. 2018-04-06 11:00 2018-04-06 at 11:00


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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