How To: Request Prices as a Buyer – Part 1

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For our L2Q Buyers – Request Prices Part 1 – includes how to add your Terms and Conditions, View/Download your Bill, Change Trades and Add Items.
Learn about some L2Q basic functionality with a quick video tutorial from “The How-To Series”.

(Duration 3m 56s)


 

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Oldest Structure in Africa

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Where and What is the Oldest Structure in Africa?

The Pyramid of Djoser, Egypt

The vast majority of the oldest structures constructed are the ancient Egyptian Tombs, so it comes as no surprise to learn that the oldest structure in Africa was none other than the Saqqara Step Pyramid of Djoser – the first of its kind, and the largest building of its time.

The original Egyptian pyramid, the Pyramid of Djoser – is also known as the Saqqara Step Pyramid, as it is located in the Saqqara Necropolis, Egypt, and has a ‘step’ like the design.

The step pyramid was built as a Tomb for the pharaoh, Djoser between 2670 BC and 2650 BC [during the 3rd dynasty] in Saqqara, Egypt and stands 62,5 metres high, with 121 x 109 metres base and 330,400 cubic metres volume, making this superstructure not only the oldest structure in Africa but also the oldest “intact large-scale” stone monument in the world – a fact often overshadowed by Egypt’s group of most famous pyramids.

When completed, the Step Pyramid rose 204 feet (62 meters) high and was the tallest structure of its time.
The actual chambers of the tomb, where the king’s body was laid to rest, were dug beneath the base of the pyramid as a maze of tunnels with rooms off the corridors to discourage robbers and protect the body and grave goods of the king. Djoser’s burial chamber was carved of granite and, to reach it, one had to navigate the corridors which were filled with thousands of stone vessels inscribed with the names of earlier kings. The other chambers in the subterranean complex were for ceremonial purposes.

You cannot help but marvel at these ancient structures and recognise the strides in engineering and architecture made by the ancient Egyptians – and all without access to the tools and technology we have available today. It is astonishing!

Fun Facts and Food for Thought:
– The Djoser Pyramid was reopened for visitors earlier this year, in March 2020, after a 14-year restoration
– The 6-Tier, the 4-sided structure took about 20 years to build, with about 100,000 free skilled workers
– It is considered the earliest large-scale cut stone construction
– It is the only pyramid from the old kingdom that had 11 of the King’s daughters buried inside
– There are tunnels beneath the pyramid stretching across a labyrinth of 5,5 km in length
– The pyramid was initially a Mastaba tomb, which then [after expansions] evolved into 6 layers built upon each other
– This magnificent tomb was, in its entirety, built from limestone
– The Architect of this everlasting masterpiece, Imhotep – was a commoner, and among other titles and talents, he was an Engineer, Physician, a Priest, and a Sculptor

Sources:
Afrika Lovers
Wikipedia


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About Jackie Van Zyl

My epic journey at Leads 2 Business started September 2008, as a Researcher / Data Capturer in the Tenders Africa Department. I joined Customer Relations in 2011, where I have had the great pleasure of being part of the Dynamic L2B Admin Department [From 2011 to present]. I deal with the Registration and Administration details of New Account Activations, and Existing Account Upgrades, etc. I also assist with client & staff queries. I’m a ‘think-out-of-the-box’ individual and an excellent problem solver. I am hardworking, meticulous, efficient, friendly and always happy to help! I look forward in assisting you with any queries you might have

How to Reduce your Carbon Footprint

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How to reduce your carbon footprint.

With the constant growth of population across the globe, it is imperative to be aware of things you can do to save the planet. Adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle can really make an impact on the overall climate preservation.
Below are a few practical changes you can make in your day-to-day life to reduce your carbon footprint.


There are simple tweaks that you can make which in return can save you energy and money.
Turning off your lights and appliances when they are not in use. Using laptops instead of desktops, as they use less energy. Replacing your fridge, if it’s 15-20 years old as they can be “energy hogs”. Planting trees around your home.
Using the following 5 R’s of zero waste:
Refuse – Avoid single use of plastic and paper
Reduce – Buying only what you need
Reuse – Dispose of less and upcycling items where possible
Rot – Find a nearby food drop off centre
Recycle – Glass and metal


The most environmentally friendly diet is one with less meat (red), as red meat production uses a lot of water and land. Growing your own garden consisting of lower food chain products such as vegetables, fruits, grains and beans can be one of the best ways to lower your carbon footprint. Eating in season and locally, can really help to reduce the carbon footprint created by shipment of your foods, especially when you consider how far your food had to travel to get to you.


As a consumer society, we think of fashion as disposable items and often justify buying the latest styles. Resulting in our wardrobes being overly populated and resulting in most of our clothing items in landfill sites. Which presents an issue of contamination as some of these clothes are not “organic” and often sprayed with lots of pesticides. To mitigate this overload, we can re-purpose old clothing, buy locally handmade garments and vintage.


Toxins emitted by transportation engines are not only very dangerous to human health, but the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from transportation engines far surpasses emissions from electrical generators. This identifies transportation engines as one of the biggest sources of air pollution.
Where plausible you should walk, cycle or take a bus to your destination. When using a vehicle, spread your carbon burden by inviting people to share your commute. If you are frequent vehicle user, service your vehicle regularly to reduce emissions.
Most importantly “Go easy on the gas”.

Sources:
Going Zero Waste
NY Times
Wired


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About Andile Shange

I'm a Software Developer at Leads 2 Business since 02 June 2014.

L2B Terminology & Acronyms

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At Leads 2 Business we often use terminology to refer to information specific to our website.

 

Here are some Acronyms unique to us:

Firstly L2B short for Leads 2 Business, also our domain ie L2B.co.za

PP: Private Projects

PPA: Private Projects Advisory or Private Project Reference

DT: Daily Tenders

SI: Site Inspection

CL: Closing Date

DTA: Daily Tender Advisory or Daily Tender Reference

L2Q: Leads 2 Quotes

OQ: Open Quotes

 

Some other Acronyms you may come across in the Construction Industry that we often refer to on our website and in communication with subscribers are:

BAR/DBAR/FBAR: Basic Assessment Report / Draft Basic Assessment Report / Final Basic Assessment Report
BBEEE: Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment
BOQ: Bill of Quantities
BID: Background Information Document
Bid: A formal proposal to deliver goods or services at a specified price, as well, describing that the tender contract requirement will be met
BFS: Bankable Feasibility Study
DFS: Definitive Feasibility Study
CIDB: Construction Industry Development Board
CIPC: Companies and Intellectual Property Commission
CSD: Central Supplier Database
CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility
DFA: Development Facilitation Act
DSR: Draft Scoping Report
EA: Environmental Authorisation
ECO: Environmental Control Officer
EIA: Environmental Impact Assessment
EME: Exempted Micro Enterprises are small entities, with an annual turnover of R10 million or less.
EOI: Expression of Interest is a multi-staged process that is used early in the procurement process.

EPC: Engineering, Procurement & Construction
EPCM: Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Management

EMPr: Environmental Management Programme
EMP: Environmental Management Plan
ESIA: Environmental & Social Impact Assessment
FS: Feasibility Study
FSR: Final Scoping Report
GEN: Generic Enterprises are large entities, with an annual turnover in excess of R50 million
I&AP’s: Interested and Affected Parties
IDP: Integrated Development Plant
JV: Joint Venture is a business entity created by two or more parties with the purpose to achieve a specific task, such as win a tender, PFI, PPP

MBD: Municipal Bidding Document – standardized documents used for tenders
NHBRC: National Home Builders Registration Council – a regulatory body of the home building industry
PFS: Pre-feasibility study
POSEIA: Plan of Study for Environmental Impact Assessment
PPA: Purchase Power Agreement
PPP: Public-private partnership is a contract between a public-sector institution and a private party, where the private party performs a function that is usually provided by the public sector and/or uses state property in terms of the PPP agreement.

PPPFA: Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act of 2000 and the Preferential Procurement Regulations of 2001 establish the obligation of government to award preferential procurement points to enterprises owned by historically disadvantaged persons, including females
QHSE: SHE/SHEQ – Quality, Health, Safety, Environment
QSE: Qualifying Small Enterprise is one of the categories of South African businesses as per BBEEE with an annual turnover of between R10 million and R50 million
RFT: Request for Tender is a formal, structured invitation to suppliers to submit or bid to supply products or services.
RFP: Request for Proposal is submitted in an early stage in the procurement process and is commonly used when it is required technical expertise, specialized capability, or in some cases where the product or service requested do not already exist and must be developed.
RFQ: Request for Quotation is when Suppliers are invited to provide a quote for the provision of specific goods or services.
RFI: Request for Information is requesting information necessary to decide the procurement process. Hence, RFI typically occurs during a planning phase.
SLA: Service Level Agreement is  An agreement between two or more parties. Where one party is the customer and the other party is a supplier delivering a service.
SMME: small, medium and micro enterprises, also referred to as small business, play an important role in an economy. They can be key drivers of economic growth, innovation and job creation.

Did you find these helpful?
Is there any terminology or acronyms we missed? If so leave a comment below and we will be happy to update our post.


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Leads 2 Business Weekly Quote

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This week’s quote is from the great leader, Nelson Mandela. Did you know July is his birthday month? We thought quotes from him would be most suitable this month.

“I never lose. I either win or learn.” Nelson Mandela


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About Marlaine Andersen

I have been working for Leads 2 Business, in the Private Projects Department, for 10 years this July. I am Deputy HoD for Private Projects. Researching mining projects and projects through-out the African continent are my areas of research and I find them most interesting.

How To: View Open Quotes Vendor Home

View and interact with the icons and functionality on your Open Quotes Vendor Home Page. Record your responses, interact with Bills Currently being priced and Awards and improve your indicator.
Learn about some OQ Vendor Home basic functionality with a quick video tutorial from “The How-To Series”.

(Duration 3m 9s)

 


 

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Featured Tender: TAR Surfacing Repairs and Asphalt Overlay at King Street and Blyth Street Intersection

Featured Tender: Eastern Cape

Contract Number:

MNQ/SCM/56/19-20 – Mnquma Local Municipality

Description:

Mnquma Local Municipality hereby invites experienced contractors for the construction of the following projects: TAR Surfacing Repairs and Asphalt Overlay at King Street and Blyth Street Intersection.

Category Industry
Infrastructure Road
Region Site Inspection
Eastern Cape There will be no compulsory briefing sessions due to COVID19 pandemic
Closing Date Contract Period
15 July 2020 at 12:00 No details

 


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About Nazeema Shelembe

I am a content researcher who just started with Leads 2 Business in February this year, I work in the Daily Tenders South Africa department. I am a young vibrant lady who enjoys meeting new people and doing new things. I welcome challenges and always find new ways of doing things. I am a mum and I love spending time with my not so little, very talkative son.

N2 Wild Coast Road

“Take a walk on the wild side”  or drive or ride, whatever blows your hair back.

The Wild Coast, the southern tip of KZN and north of the Eastern Cape, a stunning, almost untouched, part of the country, and because of the lack of road access, it is also one of the poorest areas in South Africa.  The development of a new road system would benefit the area to encourage tourism and to allow the area open to economic opportunities.  However, the environmental aspect needs to be fully considered and there has been public participation in making a decision over several years. 

As of May 2019, a project had been opened to upgrade the surface of 15km of the Road DR08046, which is a portion of the Wild Coast Meander.  As at the 14th of May 2020, the current status is underway. 

The positive is always moving forward and reaching out to those in need.  However, the world has suffered quite a dramatic change of viewpoint recently, so would reaching out to those in need by constructing a road for growth be beneficial?  Or would it be best to leave them untouched? 

The Negative and Interference

In 2018 the villagers of Pondoland had pleaded for the new road to not to take place, as it would destroy their land and their way of life. They are the people of this land and they have spoken up.

In 2019 there was a write up in the Moneyweb: “Engineers leave SA due to ‘construction mafia’”.  Projects are compromised with illegal site disruptions. These illegal site disruptions caused some listed construction companies to withdraw from parts of the N2 Wild Coast Road Construction, due to fearing for the safety of their employees.

This is what makes me feel torn.  There is always positive with every negative and vice versa.  Growth and infrastructure are what people want and need.  Millions are poured into beautiful places so that the whole world can visit and the local community can benefit.  Yet it is the beautiful and untouched places that get destroyed by too many people. The simpler things in life aren’t so simple anymore.  Do we need to have every corner of our planet touched and modernised and built up?

I’ve given the facts, but my gut is saying leave it “WILD”, leave it as it is because it is just that, BEAUTIFUL and untouched, with infrastructure and upgrading the beauty will be taken away and we’ll be left with yet another oversaturated tourist attraction.

The project is on the way, let’s hope that all the positives come out from this:

The people get what they need, the wildlife remains “untouched” and wild. The land remains a well sufficient and working ecosystem even with the interference of people. And education of the area to form respect for the land.

To view these tenders and projects in full, one needs to be subscribed to our website, contact us for further details:  www.L2B.co.za

Projects available to view on L2B website regarding the N2 Toll are;

  • N2 Toll – Mtentu Bridge
  • N2 Toll – Msikaba Bridge
  • N2 Toll – North & South Haul Roads

Recent Tenders available on L2B:

  • N2 Wild Coast toll highway Section 20 between the Lingeni intersection km 1540 and..
  • N2 Wild Coast Highway Section 20 between the Msikaba River Bridge and the Mtentu River Bridge
  • Msikaba River Bridge On The N2 Wild Coast Toll Road
  • N2 Wild Coast Toll Road Supply Of Crushed Rock Material
  • N2 Wild Coast Toll Highway Section 21 between Kulumbe Village km 2150 and the Mtamvuna.
  • N2 Wild Coast Toll Highway Section 19 between Ndwalane km 7560 and Ntafufu km 922.

I think back to Ballito in the late ‘80s early ‘90s and look at the bustling metropolis it is today.  Yes, it provides work and community, wow has it grown! Even in two years since the road access from Zululand to Maputo in Mozambique has opened up access and work for the local community. The tourists seem to be visiting Ponto d’Oura and Malangane less which means the Vendor market has changed. Maybe for the better, it is still something to consider.

What does your gut feel?

Sources:
L2B
Moneyweb


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About Tara Hutton

My employment at Leads 2 Business commenced in January 2010, where for two years I worked in the Directory Department establishing a better understanding of construction and where Leads 2 Business fitted in. In February 2012, I moved to the Accounts department where I have been looking after accounts queries and anything related to accounts since then. I have been told by many that I’m resilient, yet caring individual and good to have on “their” side. Calm under pressure, which is quite useful in my line of work. I am proud and honoured to be part of the L2B mothership adding my bit to the greater good. Should you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

How To: View Vendor Home

View and interact with the icons and functionality on your Vendor Home Page. Record your responses, respond to quotes online and improve your indicator.
Learn about some Vendor Home basic functionality with a quick video tutorial from “The How-To Series”.

(Duration 3m 23s)


 

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Featured Company: Afrimat (Pty) Ltd at Glen Douglas Dolomite Mine

 

Who’s who in your Industry?

This week we are featuring a different division of Afrimat (Pty) Ltd – SA block Engineering & Workshop at Glen Douglas Dolomite Mine, Pieter Stapelberg is the Workshop Manager and you can read more here…

Afrimat 2

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About Shanna Knezovich

I started my journey with Leads 2 Business in 2013 as an Account Co-Ordinator. I transitioned into an External Sales position as an Account Executive in 2015. I help professionals within the building & construction industry keep up to date with the latest project and tender information as well as source new business opportunities throughout Africa.

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