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ACSA tender illustrates hurdles SME’s have to face daily October 4, 2012

Posted by warwicksworld in Uncategorized.

It’s well known the difficulties experienced by SME’s daily, but a recent article in the Cape Times points out the “hurdle criteria” facing prospective bidders in the construction of new pedestrian walkways and carports at the Cape Town International Airport (CTIA).

It also goes on to list “Pre-qualification criteria”, with each point attributing to the 100 point total. With 70/100 being the minimum requirement, which in itself is noteworthy.

As it is, it paints a vivid if not somewhat unbelievable picture of basic criteria set by the Airports Company South Africa SOC (ACSA), i.e.  Where needing to be competent could prove to be a hurdle.

The seven point Hurdle Criteria states that bidders should be registered with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), and that “bidders must achieve the minimum qualification points”.

The latter can go one of two ways, either the notion of the person best suited for the job no longer applies, or achieving the minimum is preferred. Either way, it wouldn’t cast any of the parties involved in a good light.

The “Pre-qualification criteria” is the punch line to the entire piece, ranging as from “Relevant Project Experience” to “Resources”. This begs the question – Do they know how this article comes off? Or worse – Is it completely accurate?

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