Issue Date: 
Friday, May 16, 2014

Ease of doing business in South Africa

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

16 May 2014

Sometimes it feels that it is really impossible to start a business in South Africa. It also feels that it is very difficult to do business in South Africa. But how difficult is it really?

There are various indicators that show us how difficult it really is based on certain factors. One place where one can see how difficult it is to do business in South Africa is the survey that is done annually by the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank. In this survey, 189 economies are measured on 10 topics. This is shown in the table underneath. The full survey as well as all the rankings can be found at www.doingbusiness.org/rankings.

In the table underneath South Africa is compared to other Southern Africa (Namibia and Mozambique) countries, Brazil which is a BRICKS partner, as well as Singapore which is ranked number one and New Zealand which is ranked number three.

Doing Business RSA MOZ NAM BRA SING NZ
Ease of doing business 41 139 98 116 1 3
Starting a Business 64 95 132 123 3 1
Dealing with Construction Permits 26 77 31 130 3 12
Getting Electricity 150 171 72 14 6 45
Registering Property 99 152 178 107 28 2
Getting Credit 28 130 55 109 3 3
Protecting Investors 10 52 80 80 2 1
Paying Taxes 24 129 114 159 5 23
Trading Across Borders 106 131 141 124 1 21
Enforcing Contracts 80 145 69 121 12 18

It is clear from this survey that South Africa is not the worst place to do business in. That title belongs to Chad which is number 189 on the list! If you examine the list it is clear that the Africa Continent Countries or Economies are of the lowest ranked on the list where as South Africa are number 41 on the list.

Mauritius is the highest rank African Economy at number 20. Interesting enough is that an economy such as Rwanda is ranked above South Africa at number 32. South Africa is then third in Africa at number 41.

Interesting assumptions from this list can be:

  • It is fairly easy to deal with construction permits in South Africa, although it can take up to seven months to get your CIBD grading;
  • If you need electricity, you are going to struggle in South Africa;
  • Registering property in South Africa can be a challenge;
  • Getting credit is also not too difficult in South Africa;
  • We are good at protecting our investors;
  • And paying taxes are South Africans strength.

In all fairness South Africa is not such a difficult place to do business in. One must just have patience and eventually you will pull through in doing business in South Africa.

One way to do business in South Africa is to tender. Visit our website at www.how2tender.com to find out more about our Tender Workshops or purchase our Tender Manual: A practical guide on how to tender.

Until the next time - happy tendering.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Moletjie East RWS- Phase 13 2019-04-23 10:00 PM113/2018
Appointment of Seven (07) Service Providers for Routine Road Maintenance per Cluster in Polokwane Municipal Area Plus Two (02) Backup Service Providers for all clusters (Multi Year)(3 YEARS) 2019-04-24 10:00 PM118/2018
Appointment of Seven (07) Service Providers for Regravelling of Roads per Cluster in Polokwane Municipal Area Plus Two (02) Backup Service Providers for all clusters (Multi Year)(3 YEARS) 2019-04-24 10:00 PM119/2018
Transport of Green Waste from Sedgefield to Old Place Garden Refuse Site 2019-03-26 12:00 371/2018/19
Provision of accredited contract administration and management training for the municipal environment 2019-03-26 12:00 369/2018/2019
Preferred service providers for technical services (specialised bulk water systems) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 70/ 19
Preferred service providers for technical services (electrical low voltage reticulations) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 115/ 19
Preferred service providers for technical services (emergency power (generators and UPS’s)) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 122/ 19
Preferred service providers for technical services (plumbing) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd. 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 113/ 19
Preferred service providers for technical services (electrical medium voltage reticulations) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd (CDC) 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 67/ 19
Call for expression of interest: Supply and delivery of perishable provisions and groceries, pest control services and disposal of waste food at seven (7) management areas 2019-03-29 11:00 REFERENCE NUMBER 1/ 2019
Outright purchase or placement for cassette printers with 2D barcode scanners for the anatomical pathology laboratory, Charlotte Maxeke Hospital for a period of five (5) years. 2019-04-04 11:00 RFB 165/ 18/ 19
Placement and maintenance of fully automated fluorescent slide processor and fluorescent microscope for a period of five(5) years at Tswane Hospital 2019-04-05 11:00 RFB 166/ 18/ 19
Placement and maintenance of Luminex immune based system of tissue typing and antibody screen for a period of five(5) years at Tswane hospital 2019-04-05 11:00 RFB 167/ 18/ 19
Procure a pathogen identification system for public health laboratory, infection services laboratory for a period of five (5) years at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital 2019-04-04 11:00 RFB 160/ 18/ 19
Bid for the supply and delivery of theatre consumables to all hospitals/institutions under the control of the Department of Health, Western Cape Government for a three year period 2019-04-12 11:00 WCGHCC041/ 2018
Supply and delivery of one optical fibre reflectometer to characterise optical fibre networks and photonic subsystems used for radio astronomy applications including all test peripherals required by the reflectometer, calibration, and routine servicing support. The contract is for a period of five years 2019-04-05 11:00 NRF SARAO SKRF 001 2019
(Re-advertisement) Supply, delivery and commissioning of electrical equipment and panels for NQF level 3, 4 & trade test 2019-04-12 11:00 LEPTVETCOL2019/ 001
Supply, delivery, installation, commissioning and training of a variable energy 70MEV H- cyclotron and associated beam lines for isotope production and the provision of spare parts at iThemba Labs, Cape Town, South Africa. 2019-05-10 11:00 NRF/ iThemba LABS/ 2019 - 20: 01
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the appointment of a Service Provider for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Special Maintenance of Structures and Drainage on an ad-hoc basis on the National Route network in the Western and Northern Cape. 2019-04-12 14:00 X005- 021- 2018/ 1F

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The 8 steps in the Tender Adjudication process

By W van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

It is important to understand the Adjudication process when one responds to a Tender or Request for Proposal. If you have these 8 steps under control when responding to tenders, changes are good that you will proceed to the next round.

Here are 8 steps in the adjudication process that Organs of State will most often follow in determining which bidder will win the tender:

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