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eTendering & Central Supplier Database

Monday, 01 May 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ernest Roper
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The Association has recently had an influx of inquiries relating to Government’s Central Supplier Database and eTendering portal. Mr. Moritz Botha, Director: eTendering, from National Treasury, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, was Keynote Speaker for the Association’s Corporate Member Breakfast in 2016. At that event he communicated the following key points which members need to take cognizance of:


  1. From 1 April 2016 it became mandatory for government's national and provincial departments to publish all tender opportunities and competitive bids on the eTender Publication portal Local Government would be required to comply from 1 July 2016.
  2. Publication of tenders is  centralised, eTender publication portal is the primary publication and I-Tender publication will be systematically intergraded into it.
  3. One of the main objectives of the eTender Publication Portal is to improve transparency
  4. Distribution of opportunities, 7 % of opportunities published nationally was targeted for KZN Province. 
  5. Tender Specifications and other related bidding documents are provided online free of charge. Briefing sessions, if required will be specified on the advert if compulsory or not.

Central Supplier Database

The Central Supplier Database maintains a database of organisations, institutions and individuals who can provide goods and services to government. If you wish to supply government with goods or services you have to be registered. The site offers a straightforward self -registration process at web address, and you will only have to register once if doing business with the state.

The database offers 3rd Party Interfaces for electronic verification with the following departments:

  • Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) - Business Registration
  • (CIPC) - Member, Director details
  • South African Revenue Service (SARS) - Tax Clearance
  • Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) - State Employee
  • National Treasury - Bank Account CDV
  • National Treasury - Account Holder information (SafetyNet)
  • Dept of Home Affairs - ID Number
  • National Treasury - Tenders defaulters and restricted suppliers
  • Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - B-BBEE (tbc)
  • Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) - Construction related information, CIDB gradings to revert to National Treasury Central Supplier Database.

Standardised and electronic verification of supplier information will considerably reduce fraud and corruption relating to paper copies and manual processes. There are currently more than 87 000 fully compliant suppliers registered.

Suppliers who were previously registered on a supplier database of any organ of state will have to make use of the self-registration portal of the CSD.   To improve the local economies it is imperative for suppliers to include their municipal ward area for ease of location of their services.

Ernest Roper | Membership Services Manager 

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