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Step 1: Find a Government Tender relevant to your business

The first thing you need to do is find a Government Tender that fit your business. Tenders and RFQ’s are advertised in various places, ranging from newspapers to websites.

You can find the Government’s weekly Tender bulletins here: http://www.treasury.gov.za/tenderinfo/default.aspx

The easiest way to find the right Tenders is probably paying for a subscription to a Tender notification service.

A Tender notification service notifies you whenever there’s a new Tender available in your which is relevant to your business.

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Step 2: Ensure your business can complete the job

Winning a Government Tender means making sure you have the staff, the cash flow, the skills and the equipment to deliver the services at the proposed rate and within the proposed time frame.

If you don’t have the cash flow for a 2 to 3-year contract, there are funds and loans available from multiple institutions for Tenders.

Step 3: Register on the Government’s Central Supplier Database (CSD)

Your business must be registered on the Central Supplier Database (CSD) in order to apply for Government Tenders.

The CSD is the Government’s list of approved suppliers. To get your business on this list, you have to complete an online registration process here:https://secure.csd.gov.za.

You’ll be required to pay a once-off fee and to provide your details along with compulsory Company documents.

Once submitted, the Government will assess your documentation and add you to the database if everything’s in order.

STEP 4: Fill out your Government Tender Application before the deadline

Make sure you submit your Government Tender application well before the closing date to avoid having an incomplete application, by the time of the deadline.

Allow yourself enough time to research what good Government Tender responses look like and how competitive your pricing can realistically be.


4 Tendering Tips

Are you tired of not winning tenders? Here are some practical tendering tips to help you win a tender and comply with construction industry standards.

Government Tender, How to successfully apply for them

The first thing you need to do is find Tenders that fit your business. Tenders and RFQ’s are advertised in various places, ranging from newspapers to websites.

What is Construction Bidding?

Construction bidding is the process of submitting a proposal/tender to build or manage a construction project. Public tenders, or those with a government department, follow different rules than private tenders. They must be advertised in advance, and they allow any qualified contractors to bid if they choose to. Private owners may opt to limit the construction bidding process to contractors they have chosen as bidders.

Winning a tender, 6 tips that could increase your chance

Make sure you provide all necessary information as set out in the tender application. These include updated tax clearance certificate and shareholding certificates, amongst other requirements.

Get your Letter of Intent almost instantly

The term ‘Letter of Intent’ (LOI) is typically used to describe a letter from an Employer to a Contractor (or from a main Contractor to a Subcontractor) indicating the Employer’s intention to enter into a formal written contract for Works described in the letter, and asking the Contractor to begin those works before the formal Contract is executed. While an Letter of Intent may come in many forms, it’s essentially a communication expressing an intention to enter into a Contract at a future date.

How the tender process works

Landing a tender and the tender process can be a time-consuming and costly exercise, especially if you don’t understand the tender process, or you don’t adhere to the necessary requirements.

A bid in the tender process is issued by a private company or government department when they need to obtain specific goods or skills. The advertised bid is a Request for Quotations (RFQ) in the tender process.

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