Issue Date: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

10 Principles When Pricing Your Tender

We are often asked how to work out a tender price? But there is no straight answer because every tender is different. The fact is that a tender for the supply of furniture will have a different pricing structure to that of the supply of food for a government function. So to provide individual pricing techniques would be very difficult.

In general, there are ten points that must be considered when calculating price. These are:

  • Price is king – ensure that you price your product or service as low as possible in order to stand a chance of winning a tender.
  • Be precise; when the product supplied is R101-26 then state it in the tender response as R101-26 and not as R101-00 or even R102-00. Small differences like these can result in large amounts that can be lost, depending on the size of the tender.
  • Ensure that all the costs of delivering the product is taken into consideration; double check your pricing – omitting something small can come back and bite you later on.
  • Confirm prices of goods with your suppliers – prices can change very quickly due to increases in fuel prices or exchange rate fluctuations.
  • Always remember to add Value Added Tax (VAT) at 14% to your price especially when it relates to Government tenders. Most tenders state that the price must include VAT.
  • Ensure that all other applicable taxes are included in the tender price.
  • The most important piece of advice on Pricing: never bid too low or too high;
    • Bid Evaluation Committees are well informed and they will know if a bid is too low or too high;
    • Bidding too low or too high might lead to a tender response being disqualified or marked as non-responsive;
  • Pricing can be influenced by law as well – there are several industries in South Africa, such as the cleaning industry, which has minimum wages payable to employees;
  • A suggestion is that if your usual mark-up is 25% then tender perhaps at 18% to 20%. Remember that you are going to save on direct costs as well as on other expenses such as advertising, telephone costs and much more. Use these savings to lower your price.
  • Remember that in Government tenders you are going to be scored on your price and currently price counts for 80 out of 100 points for tenders less than R1 million and 90 out of 100 points for tenders with a value of more than R1 million. The bidder with the lowest price receives the most points.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. Tender Workshop dates are published on our website at www.how2tender.com.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply and deliver Duplex Dermatome. 2018-06-25 11:00 H109/ 18/ 19
Supply and install high security fence at Mphohadi campus - Kroonstad 2018-07-13 11:00 T/ IM/ 01/ 18 fence
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Ladies Windbreakers. Quantity 500. Main Contractor or Sub- Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-19 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 038/ 18
2 Units - Insulated Beverage Containers - 5.7 Liter Capacity Granite Grey (Polycarbonate) 2018-07-04 11:00 195/ 18
1 Unit - Food Waste Disposer/Macerator 3hp 2.2 Kw - Supply and Install (Specification Attached on the Documents) 2018-07-04 11:00 193/ 18
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Skirt Evening Wear, Black. Quantity 150. Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-17 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 036/ 18
Rendering of Health Care Risk Waste handling service to Western Cape Government: Health for three (3) year period 2018-07-13 11:00 WCGHSC 0090/ 2017
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Coverall Jackets (Quantity 1000) and Trousers Coverall (Quantity 1500). Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-18 01:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 032/ 18
Tumble Dryer - 55kg 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 287/ 18- 19 GAZ
Hyster Canopy 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 288/ 18- 19 GAZ
Digital Steam Press 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 289/ 18- 19 GAZ
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material and Metal Buttons will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Caps, Service Dress, Men. Quantity 67. Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-16 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 030/ 18
Removal and Disposal of Used Fluorescent Tubes 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 277/ 18- 19 GAZ
Supply and Delivery of SA Air Force Embroidered Onlays (Quantity 140), Hand Embroidered Cap Badges (Quanity 147) and Gorget Patches (Quantity 321). Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-18 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 029/ 18
Provision of Porter, Messenger and Cleaning Services for a period of 12 months - 4 staff 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 278/ 18- 19 GAZ
Washer Extractor - 57kg 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 286/ 18- 19 GAZ
Appointment of a service provider to supply the Council for Geoscience (CGS) with a vehicle and equipment tracking management system for a period of 5 years 2018-07-20 11:00 CGS- 2018- 017K
Appointment of a Company to Review Business Continuity Programme 2018-07-23 11:00 CGS- 2018- 018K
South African Social Security Agency hereby invites of suppliers to bid for the supply and delivery of stationery for SASSA - Limpopo Region for a period of 36 months 2018-07-13 11:00 SASSA: 04/ 18/ CS/ LP
Nelson Mandela Museum seeks the services of a qualified and experienced company to supply 4 in 1 color multi-function printers for a period of two years (twenty four months). 2018-07-13 12:00 NMM 2018- 07

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Tender adjudication process

The SBD/WCBD6.1 document must form part of all bids invited.  It contains general information and serves as a claim form for preference points for Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment (B -BBEE) Status Level of Contribution, and explains how tenders or bids are decided.

The document says:

  • The bidder obtaining the highest number of points will be awarded the contract.
  • Preference points shall be calculated after prices have been brought to a comparative basis.
  • Points scored will be rounded off to two decimal places... Read More
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