Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Central Supplier database versus vendor registration        

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

As you all know the Government has launched the Central Supplier Database on 1 September 2015.  One of the purposes for the Central Supplier Database is “the establishment of a Central Supplier Database (CSD) that will result in one single database to serve as the source of all supplier information for all spheres of government.  The purpose of centralising government’s supplier database is to reduce duplication of effort and cost for both supplier and government while enabling electronic procurement processes”.  If you are doing business with the Government or if you intend to do business with Government in the near future, you will have to register on the Central Supplier Database.

The question that arises and is asked at our HowtoTender workshops is should we as business owners still register as vendors with the different municipalities and government departments that we do business with?  The short answer is yes – you will still have to register as a vendor if it is required from the municipality, government entity or government department.

The reason for this is because there is not a link between all municipalities, government entities or government departments between their databases and that of the CSD.  We are aware of certain National Departments such as the National Department of Health that is linked to the Central Supplier Database.  There was a transitional period from 1 September 2015 to 31 March 2016 when existing Organ of State supplier databases were transferred to the Central Supplier Database.  This has not been completed yet.  Once this has been completed you might be requested to validate your information on the Central Supplier Database.

We urge you to register your business on the Central Supplier Database as quickly as possible if you want to do business or continue to do business with government.  The process to register is easy.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
The appointment of a service provider to supply and deliver tractors, farm implements and equipments (mechanization) as and when required for the period of thirty six months (36) for Bojanala District Municipality in the North West Province. 2019-12-19 11:00 NW- TEN 02(010)2019/ 2020
Renewal of Voyagernetz software license for a period of three (03) years 2020-01-15 11:00 RFB 2023 - 2019
CATHSSETA seeks the services of a service provider to develop a fit for purpose and efficient Organisation. 2020-01-06 11:00 CATHS/ OR/ NOV/ 007/ 2019
Completion of new educational facilities for Nkululeko Senior Secondary School. 2020-01-24 12:00 CDC/ 302/ 19
Nqamakwe Magistrate Court: Construction of facilities for people with disabilities 2020-02-05 12:00 CDC/ 333/ 19
The Construction of Road K148 between roads K146 (Km 3.600) and K133 (Km 8.600) Approximately 5.000 Km,Including K148/N3 Interchange and Road K133 Between Km 11.600 and km 14.460 (2.860km). 2020-01-31 11:00 DRT 12/ 08/ 2018
Supply and installation of guardrails for a period of three (3) years 2020-02-03 11:00 DRT 01/ 04/ 2019
Preferred service provider for refrigeration & HVAC for Coega SEZ, RIC, BPO, CDC head office and NMBLP. 2020-01-30 12:00 CDC/ 522/ 19
Phase 14 Storm Damage : Repairs and Renovations to Storm Damaged Schools Throughout The Province Of KwaZulu Natal 2020-01-24 11:00 Various bid numbers
Employee Health & Wellness Services for the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for a period of three years. 2020-01-14 12:00 DPME 18/ 2019- 20
Mqanduli Magistrate Court: Demolition of burnt building. 2020-01-28 12:00 CDC/ 371/ 19
Invitation of Bids for the Appointment of a Service Provider for the Design and Construction of The Exhibition Stand to Lease, for the Realisation of the South African Pavilion at the Mining Indaba Conference, 2020 In Cape Town, South Africa. 2020-01-16 11:00 DMR/ 005/ 2019/ 20
Appointment of various service providers for the soft services at Coega SEZ and Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park. 2020-01-17 12:00 CDC/ 551/ 19 ET AL
Provision of training services – seven (7) learnerships. 2020-01-27 12:00 CDC/ 600/ 19 ET AL
Terms of Reference for the Appointment of a Suitable Service Provider for the National Skills Fund That Will Prepare Project Reports to be Ready For Audit 2020-01-17 11:00 DHET132
Construction of BAIC bulk electrical overhead lines and substation. 2020-01-31 12:00 CDC/ 619/ 19
Provision of Professional Services on Municipal Institutional Support 2020-01-15 11:00 COGTA4/ 2/ 2- 2019/ RFP/ 05
Appointment of a Panel of Governance Experts to Assist Municipalities on Governance Related Matters 2020-01-23 12:00 ZNT 1978/ 2019 LG
Provision for canteen and catering services at UNHCR Pretoria office 2019-12-20 16:00 RFP/RSA/SU/11.03/2019
Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and the associated measuring instruments. 2020-01-30 12:00 CDC/ 587/ 19


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