Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Where to find available tenders

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

Business owners often ask us where they can find tenders that are currently available.  Although we are not in the business of finding available tenders, our Tender Manual does have a chapter that deals with finding available tenders.

Due to the high demand for this I have decided to advise you on five different ways to find available tenders.

  1. News Papers
    Most of the available tenders, if not all of them, are advertised in newspapers.  It depends on the type of tender, but most tenders are at least advertised in a local newspaper.  If it is a large tender it will most probably be advertised in more than one newspaper and it will also be advertised in a newspaper that is distributed nationally.  The problem with local newspapers is that you will only be able to find available tenders in your area.  Should you receive national newspapers in your area you can find countrywide tenders from those newspapers.  This is not a very effective way to find tenders because you can easily overlook an advertisement.  It is also very time consuming and it is not tender specific.
  2. Internet
    You can try searching the internet to find available tenders.  You will find a whole bundle of available tenders.  There are a couple of problems with finding available tenders on the internet:
  • The tenders can be outdated.  The internet does not differentiate between current tenders and expired tenders.
  • It is very timeconsuming searching through the millions of search results.  If you search the phrase “tenders available in South Africa” on Google, you will get around 3 450 000 results.  Nobody has time to go through that many results.
  1. Tender Bulletin
    The National Treasury publicise a weekly tender bulletin that carries all the available tenders for that week.  The tender bulletin is free of charge if you download the bulletin from the Department National Treasury’s website (  You can download the Tender Bulletin and see which tenders are available for that week.  There are a few drawbacks when using the tender bulletin:
  • The tender bulletin is publicised every week.  So, you must check it every week.
  • The tender bulletin is usually an exceptionally large document.  The current tender bulletin is 248 pages long.
  • If you access the internet via your cell phone you are going to struggle to download this large document.  You are also going to struggle to read it on your cell phone.
  • The tender bulletin is not tender specific.  You will have to go through every tender to find the specific tender that you want to respond to.
  • If you do not have access to the internet you can subscribe to the tender bulletin.  But this is expensive.
  • The tender bulletin only carries tenders from Organs of State.  There are no Private Sector Tenders advertised in the tender bulletin.
  1. Large Companies
    Normally you will find that large State-Owned Companies and large Corporates publicise their own tender bulletins.  You will also find that these companies publicise their tenders on their websites.  To have access to these tenders that become available you will have to monitor these companies’ websites and tender bulletins on a constant basis to find the tenders that you are interested in.  This is very time consuming and the chance of missing that once in a lifetime tender might just pass you the day you decide not to check the websites or tender bulletins.
  2. Tender Websites
    Tender websites are websites (businesses) that specializes in gathering all the available tenders daily whether it is Public or Private Sector tenders.  You will instantly find a lot of these websites if you search for tenders on the internet.  The trick is to find the one best suited for your specific needs.  Some of these tender website companies specialize in specific available tenders and others publicise all available tenders.
    What make these tender websites the best option to consider when you want to find available tenders is that these tender websites usually offer tender specific services.  This means that you can choose an industry and only tenders in that specific industry will be sent to you.  This means there are several advantages of using a tender website:
  • It is not time consuming at all.
  • It is industry specific.  On most of these websites you can choose more than one industry.
  • Most of these tender websites email the available tenders to you daily.
  • You have peace of mind that you will not miss that life changing tender.

The only downside of these tender websites is that it is not for free.  I suggest that if you want to take your business to the next tender level you subscribe to one of these websites.

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

Contact us at should you need more information.

You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website which is a step by step guide how to respond to a South African Tender.  It includes examples of completed SBD forms.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply and Delivery of Refuse skip bins 2022-07-01 12:00 SC 2304/2022
Bid committees (PFMA) training for supply chain management practitioners and bid committee members 2022-07-07 12:00 RFQ/2022/23-26
Lights Maintenance 2022-07-04 11:00 REQ- 056068
Pump for Diesel to Generator 2022-06-29 11:00 REQ-056337
The construction of the Neptune – Pembroke 400kV 40km Overhead Transmission line 2022-08-15 10:00 MWP1445TX MZ 201668540 (505043)
Laboratory Equipment Service 2022-06-29 11:00 ARC/PHP/23
To supply and delivery of 7 HP Laptops, Laptop bags and mouse per device for the SACPCMP. 2022-07-01 16:00 No reference number
The provision of occupational hygiene services and health risk assessment for Eskom staff in the Cape Coastal Cluster on an as and when required basis 2022-07-26 10:00 WC1040UF
Appointment of a service provider for the provision of transactional banking services for a period of five (5) years. 2022-07-25 12:00 ATNS/HO/RFP010/FY22.23/TRANSACTIONAL BANKING SERVI
Kendal Power Station Continuous Ash Disposal Facility (ADF) Project for Wetland Specialist 2022-07-21 10:00 MPKEN10318PS
Provision of a Cashless System 2022-07-08 12:00 CTICC 035.2022
For the national disposal of Transnet's no-core properties 2022-07-22 12:00 TP2022/03/0003/RFQ
The appointment of a panel of approved service providers for the provisioning of ICT professional services, software licenses, related support and maintenance as and when required for Services SETA ICT applications. 2022-07-21 11:00 PROC T628
Panel of service providers to supply, repair and deliver tyres and batteries for municipal vehicles for a period of 3 years 2022-07-25 12:00 MN12/2021-22
Events Management Agency for the South African Tourism Australia Office 2022-07-11 12:00 SAT Tender Number 006/22 Australia Office
The appointment of a panel of approved service providers for the provisioning of ICT professional services, software, licenses, related support and maintenance as and when required for Services SETA ICT infrastructure. 2022-07-21 11:00 PROC T627
Panel of service providers to render the following services: repairs, maintenance and servicing municipal vehicles as and when required for a period of 3 years 2022-07-25 12:00 MN11/2021-22
Provisioning of vehicle tracking and monitoring for Hessequa Municipality for a period of five (5) years 2022-07-29 12:00 HES-TECH 04/2223
TENDER NO. MN 88/2022 Provision of indigent and pauper burial services for a period of three (3) years refer to KDM webpage or attached tender advert for detailed advert 2022-07-28 12:00 MN 88-2022
TENDER MN 131-2020 Supply and delivery of traffic/ social and crime prevention uniforms/ protective gear for Kwadukuza Communty Safety officers for three years- Ref to KDM webpage or attached advert more clarity 2022-07-27 12:00 MN 131-2020


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

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