Western Cape government launches contractor framework in favour of women and youth

The Western Cape Human Settlements Department has unveiled its contractor’s framework, specifically targeting women and youth.

According to Western Cape Human Settlements MEC, Tertuis Simmers, this initiative is a first of its kind in South Africa which invites bids from historically disadvantaged individuals in engineering and construction to participate in a framework agreement with the department which will be applicable for a three-year period.

This means that all those with successful bid submissions are placed on the framework, where should they meet all the relevant criteria for a specific contract, they would then be able to submit quotations for that contract”, Simmers explained.

He says the scope of engineering and construction work for the purpose of the implementation of human settlements infrastructure delivery may fall within one or more of the classes of construction work which include general building, civil engineering, electrical engineering works – building electrical engineering works – infrastructure, landscaping, irrigation, and horticulture works, steel security fencing or precast concrete fencing.

The framework has strict conditions, which should be met for a contractor to bid. These include 51% women ownership, 51% black youth ownership and 51% black ownership by people with disabilities, amongst others.

We have specifically opened this door to this group, so that those who might not have had an opportunity before, can now also be a part of this exciting process”, added Simmers.

The bid submission opened on the 21st of January 2022, and it will close on 25th February 2022 at 11:00am.

Those interested in bidding can collect the tender documents from the 6th floor at the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements, 27 Wale Street, Cape Town or the 2nd floor, Department of Human Settlements, York Park Building, York Street, George, from the Supply Chain Management Procurement office.

Queries regarding the tender procedure: E Pillay – 021 483 3173 / /

Queries regarding technical aspects: S Gqoboka – 021 483 3973 /

Physical address for the closing bids: Tender Box, Ground floor, Western Cape Government Department of Human Settlements, 27 Wale Street, Cape Town, or 2nd floor, Department of Human Settlements, York Park Building, York Street, George.