Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Security features when registering on the Central Supplier database

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

One of the hottest topics in the South African tender environment is the Central Supplier Database (CSD).  If you want to do business with the South African Government, you must be registered on the Central supplier Database.

Once you start registering on the Central Supplier Database (CSD) it is noticeable how many security features there are.  The database starts of by requesting you to supply a very high-level password.  The password must inter alia contain capital letters, numbers as well as special characters.  There are numerous other security features but the CSD website list the following seven features that address identity proofing:

  1. When registering on the CSD, not only is the email address confirmed but also a One Time Pin (OTP) sent as an SMS to the cell phone number provided when registering.  This is called an 'Out of Band' method of adding an additional layer of identity proofing.
  2. When a new bank account is added or any existing bank accounts edited, an OTP will be sent to the supplier's preferred contact as well as a notification e-mail informing the preferred contact that changes were made to the supplier's banking information.  Email notifications are also sent when changes are submitted.  Both are implemented to endeavour to protect the supplier against malicious practices.
  3. The use of a CAPTHA functionality limit robots and crawlers to access certain areas of the CSD application.
  4. The CSD furthermore implemented role-based access control per user per supplier and thus only the supplier's user(s) have access to the supplier information.  The CSD does not have an administrative module and thus no single user can be a CSD administrator and access supplier information using the application.
  5. All passwords are encrypted on the CSD database.  Any additional users the main user creates only have secondary privileges which means those additional users are not able to create other users which ensures that control remains with the main user.
  6. The communication channel between the CSD servers and the client's browser implements SSL security which means the communication is encrypted and various other additional technical aspects have been implemented to limit other security breaches such as hacking.
  7. The Supplier Summary Registration report can only be accessed by other users if you decide to share both your supplier number and security code with them.

As one can see the security is comprehensive.  Ensure that you are well prepared when you start the registering process.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of a service provider to manage the implementation of expanded public works programme (EPWP) on school food garden project and Agriparks within the Gauteng Department Of Agriculture and Rural Development (gdard) for a period of thirty- six (36) months 2022-02-11 11:00 GT/GDARD/007/2022
Organising, managing and hosting a virtual Agri-Food Fest event 2022-02-11 11:00 GT/GDARD/006/2022
Appointment of service provider for supply and delivery of agricultural production inputs for subsistence producers within Gauteng Province for a period of thirty-six (36) months 2022-02-11 11:00 GT/GDARD/008/2022
Supply and delivery of office stationery for Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) for a period of 36 months 2022-02-11 11:00 GT/GPT/002/2022
Provision of vehicle parking space for the Gauteng Department of e-Government for a period of 36 months 2022-02-11 11:00 GT/GDeG/001/2022
Integrated Waste Management Services at Cape Town International Airport 2022-02-14 12:00 CIA 6753/2021/RFP
Provision of Upgrade and Maintenance of College Website 2022-02-10 12:00 CO 22/02 O
Supply and delivery of protective clothing and equipment for a period of three years 2022-01-28 12:00 8/2/RNM0334
Provision of internal audit, risk and performance management system for a period of 36 months 2022-02-04 12:00 8/3/1-37/2021
Electrification of households at Dihlabaneng Turnkey 2022-02-07 12:00 Lim473/Dihlabaneng-Elect/21/22/25
Appointment of a Service Provider(S) to Render Guarding Services at The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) Limpopo Region for a period of thirty six (36) months 2022-02-04 11:00 SASSA: 46-21-CS-LP
The supply and installation of 555.531m fence around the Zenzo Multipurpose Centre in KZN 2022-02-11 10:00 CORP 5615 - R
Provision of screening and verification services for GMM employees for a period of 36 months 2022-02-04 12:00 8/3/1-12/2021
Construction of Manyelrti to Mamone Central Internal Street 2022-02-07 12:00 LIM473/Mamone-road/21/22/24
Construction of Mochadi road and bridge 2022-02-07 12:00 LIM473/Mochadi-Road/21/22/23
Appointment of service provider for the supply, delivery, installation and maintenance of a chemical dosing pump including the wash and rinse aid chemicals for the hood-type dishwasher for a period of twenty-four (24) months to iThemba Labs, Faure, Western Cape 2022-02-04 11:00 iLABS/RFQ 2021/22:182
Supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of automated fluorescence microscope 2022-02-17 12:00 2021/056(a)
Supply and Delivery Of an Industrial Video-Scope 2022-02-17 12:00 2021/030(a)
Business insurance for a period of 12 months 2022-01-28 11:00 REQ0004252
Petrol 93 Unleaded 2022-01-27 11:00 ‪‪‪RFQ-012495

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