Issue Date: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Must my business be registered in order to tender?

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Once, a very anxious business owner phoned me and asked if I can supply him with a CK number. I was amused by this and first asked why he asked me for such a number and secondly for what did he need a CK number for? He said that because of my Tender Manual that he bought, he thought that maybe I can help him with a CK number. Also, at the briefing session of the tender that he was responding to, the person in charge of the tender said that if the responders to this tender didn't have a CK number their tender responses would be disqualified!

Obviously I was flattered by the compliment that this person thought I could help him with everything regarding his tender response but I was really confused why all responders to this specific tender needed a CK number. Now, for those of you that do not know what a CK number is, it is the general term that is given for a Close Corporation registration number; all Close Corporation numbers started with the prefix CK followed by some numbers. The ridiculousness of this statement – that all responders must provide a CK number – just proved how little this official new about general business in South Africa.

This brings us to the question - must I have a Registered Business to respond to tenders in South Africa. The short answer is simply no; you don't need a Registered Business to respond to a tender.

In South Africa you can do business in various forms of entities. The most popular of course is a Private Company or (Pty) Ltd as it is commonly known. In 1984 the South African Government of the time thought it good to give an alternative to the Private Company in the form of a Close Corporation. The idea behind the Close Corporation was to make it easier for entrepreneurs to have access to a legal business entity. The Close Corporation as a legal entity was very popular in the 1980's and 1990's. It became less popular as business owners realized that it didn't provide sufficient security against them personally and eventually Close Corporation registrations were stopped in 2011. Close Corporations that are still in existence can still operate but no new ones are allowed to register.

The fact of the matter is that if you respond to Public Sector tenders you are allowed to respond in your own name. The Standard Bidding Documents makes provision for this. Just remember that you will still need all the compulsory documents to respond to the tender albeit in your own name.

Then there is the question of experience; the Evaluation Committee members may think that you lack experience if you do not respond in the name of a Legal Entity. And as we all know, experience counts when you respond to a tender.

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 www.howtotender.co.za. Please contact Estelle at Estelle@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Discretionary Grant Advert 2nd Funding Window 2019/2020 2019-06-18 11:00 RFQ/ SASSETA/ 201920120
Cape Town: parliamentary precinct: official office accommodation: provide integrated facilities management services.(2019-2024) appointment of consultants: quantity serverying, electrical & mechanical engineers, civil & structural engineers, health and safety agent. 2019-06-14 11:00 CPTC 004/ 19
Appointment of Board Secretariat Services until 31 March 2020 2019-06-14 11:00 RFP/ SASSETA/ 201920113
Provisioning of Productivity Study/ Assessment and other related services to the RTMC 2019-06-18 11:00 RTMC BID 03/ 2019/ 20
Provision of Security services to the RTMC Midrand offices 2019-06-17 11:00 RTMC BID 01/ 2019/ 20
Cape Town: Provision of integrated facilities management services for parliamentary residential accommodation for a five year period (2019-2024): Appointment of consultants: quantity surveying, electrical & mechanical engineers, civil & structural engineers, health & safety agent. 2019-06-14 11:00 CPTC003/ 19
Appointment of a panel of service providers to provide fraud risk management services to the NYDA for a period of three (3) years. 2019-06-19 11:00 NYDA2019/ 01/ IA
Appointment of a Panel of Service Providers for the National Treasury to Source the Services of Editors for Publications for a period of three Years 2019-06-14 11:00 NT005- 2019
24 months term contract for transportation of members of parliament and sessional officials in the three parliamentary villages. 2019-06-14 11:00 CPTSC 01/ 19
Appointment of a Service Provider to Implement an On-Going Solution for The Management of Emolument Attachment Orders Granted Against Public Servants and a Capacity Building Programme for a Period of 24 Months 2019-06-14 11:00 NT004- 2019
Appointment of a Decor Service Provider for The World Economic Forum on Africa Mokete 2019 to Be Hosted at ICC In Cape Town. 2019-06-14 11:00 NT003- 2019
Repair and maintenance of Generators at Limpopo High Court for 24 months 2019-06-18 11:00 PLK19/ 07
Appointment of a service provider for rendering of co-sourced internal audit services for the National Lotteries Commission for a period of three (3) years 2019-06-26 11:00 NLC/ 2019- 10
Repair and maintenance of HVAC System at Limpopo High Court for 24 months 2019-06-18 11:00 PLK19/ 06
Appointment of Service provider for Events Management (Golden Shield Heritage Awards) 2019-06-26 11:00 NHC/ 01/ 2019/ 20
Repair and maintenance of lifts at Limpopo High Court for 24 months 2019-06-18 11:00 PLK19/ 05
Bloemfontein Sandf: Tempe 1 Sa Tank Regiment: Upgrading of Facility/ Infrastructure (Kitchen) and Replacement of Kitchen Equipment: (Architectural Services) 2019-06-18 11:00 BL19- 009
Bloemfontein Sandf: De Brug Mobilisation Centre: Upgrading of Facility/ Infrastructure (Kitchen) and Replacement of Kitchen Equipment: (Architectural Services) 2019-06-18 11:00 BL19- 010
Postmasburg Magistrate Court: Provisioning of cleaning services for 36 months. (1208.14m²) 2019-06-14 11:00 PF17/ 2019
Olifantshoek Magistrate Court: Provisioning of cleaning services for 36 months. (531.00m²) 2019-06-14 11:00 PF18/ 2019

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Extension of validity period

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Those of you who are familiar with responding to tenders will know that it is common practice for procuring entities to extend the bid price validity period. We received the undermentioned queries regarding the extension of the validity period of the bid price.

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