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“Towards Uniform Conditions of Contract and Specifications

in South Africa”

South African Road Pavement Forum22 November 2005


Uniformity in Construction Procurement

  • 1995Discussion paper by the Procurement Forum entitled Building and Engineering Contracts: the way forward

  • 1997Government’s Green Paper on Public Sector Procurement Reform in South Africa

  • 1998/9National working group established by the Department of Public Works

  • 2000Focus Group 6 recommendations (Interministerial Task Team for Construction Industry Development)

  • 2000CIDB Act promulgated which mandates the CIDB to promote standardisation and uniformity in procurement documentation, practices and procedures

  • From 2002 SANS standards for construction procurement

  • From 2003 CIDB best practice guidelines

  • 2003 Code of conduct for the Parties engaged in Construction Procurement

  • 2003 Regulatory Framework for Supply Chain Management issued in terms of the PFMA

  • 2004Construction Industry Regulations, CIDB Standard for Uniformity in Construction Procurement / Best Practice Guidelines

  • 2005Supply chain management regulations issued in terms of the Municipal Finance Management Act

  • The Standard for Uniformity in Construction Procurement emanates from the CIDB Act 38 of 2000 and establishes minimum requirements that are mandatory for the public sectorthat:

  • promote cost efficiencies through the adoption of:

    • a uniform structure for procurement documents

    • standard component documents including forms of contract;

    • generic and uniform tender procedures;

  • enable risk, responsibilities and obligations to be clearly identified.

The CIDB Standard for Uniformity in Construction Procurement establishes minimum requirements for:

  • the solicitation of tender offers;

  • the manner in which quality is to be incorporated in procurement documents;

  • the formatting and compilation of procurement documents; and

  • the application of the register of contracts to public sector contracts.


Annex A:Best Practice Guidelines

Annex B:Standard notice and invitation to tender

Annex C:Form of Offer and Acceptance

Annex D:Sample preferencing schedule where direct preferences are granted in respect of targeted enterprise status

Annex E:Sample preferencing schedule where preferencing are granted in respect of the direct participation of targeted enterprises and/or labour

Annex F:Standard Conditions of Tender

Annex G:Form of guarantee

Annex H:Standard Conditions for the calling for Expressions of Interest

Annex I:Selection of subcontractors by employers and contractors

Identical to that in SANS 294

The Standard for Uniformity in Construction Procurementlimits the range of forms of contract that may be used:

  • Works- NEC, FIDIC, GCC 2004, JBCC Series 2000

  • Services- NEC Terms Service Contract

  • Professional Service- NEC or CIDB

  • Supplies- CIDB

The projected Outcomes of Standardisation and Uniformity in Procurement Documents

Standardisation and uniformity promotes:

  • Effective participation by new entrants or emerging enterprises to the business environment;

  • Cost effectiveness, both in financial and human resource terms;

  • The simplification and computerization of the documentation process;

  • Contractors being able to more easily determine the scope and extent of risk and price accordingly;

  • The management of a contract becoming routine and administration procedures becoming mechanized; and

  • Savings in cost and improvement in quality.

A first principle approach to procurement


Procurement documents are required primarily to:

  • Solicit tender offers; and

  • Form the basis for a contract.

Documents required for the solicitation of tender offers

Volume 1: Tendering procedures

Part 1: Tendering procedures

Tender Notice and Invitation to Tender

Tender Data

Volume 2: Returnable documents

Part 2: Returnable documents

List of Returnable Documents

Form of Offer and Acceptance

Contract Data (Part 2: Data provided by the Contractor)

Activity Schedule / Bill of Quantities

Returnable Schedules

Volume 3: Contract (Draft contract)

Part 1: Agreement and Contract Data

Contract Data (Part 1: Data provided by the Employer)

Part 2: Pricing data: Pricing Instructions

Part 3: Scope of Work: Scope of Work

Part 4: Site information: Site Information


In order to have a fair, transparent and equitable solicitation process, employers should:

  • provide tenderers with clear instructions as to how they are to submit their tender offers;and

  • inform them as to how their tenders are to be processed following their receipt.

Implementation SchedulePublic Sector Client deadlines

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