Issue Date: 
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

10 steps in the bid process

Each year, Organs of State invite the Private Sector to submit competitive bids for the supply of goods and services. Organs of State bid requests attract SMME's and large businesses across a wide range of sectors - from office supplies to major construction projects.

Here is an overview of 10 steps you should take to prepare a competitive bid.

1.    Register your interest

Follow the instructions in the bid document to register your interest with the purchasing agency. This important step will help keep you up to date on any bid information sessions.

2.    Attend briefing sessions

If you registered through a bid website, monitor the website for updates about bids. Attend any bid briefing sessions offered. These are valuable opportunities to ask questions and make contact with Organs of State. They may also give you a chance to meet potential subcontractors or make contacts that could participate in a consortium. Organs of State are also usually under no obligation to otherwise make available copies of information, presentations, etc., that may be given at a briefing sessions.

3.    Develop your bid response strategy

If you are bidding for a high-value bid, plan your bid carefully and consider the requirements and resources involved. For example, ask yourself:

a.    How much will it cost to prepare the bid?

b.    What information do we need to gather?

c.    What resources will we need to fulfil the contract?

d.    Who will manage the bid project?

e.    How will we plan the workload, assign the work required, schedule the meetings?

f.    Who is our competition and what are our chances of winning?

g.    What is our plan for marketing our products and services and pitching our business?

4.    Review recent awarded contracts

If you are unclear about any requirements in the bid request, contact the bid coordinator to seek clarification. What type of companies won similar bids in the past? What does the contracting Organ of State look for? What can you do to match their expectations?

5.    Write a compelling bid

Prepare your bid response. This includes planning, drafting and refining it. Make sure that you use the response forms provided and answer all questions. Stick to any word/page limits that there may be, and (as a general rule) do not go altering things like fonts and font sizes and numbering unless expressly permitted. Be clear about your structure and propositions. Decide on several key propositions you can use to set your bid apart from others. Review the evaluation criteria to gain a better understanding of what things the government agency is particularly looking for and will be evaluating your offer against. If you are not a strong writer, think about engaging a professional (a range of businesses offer bid writing services).

6.    Understand the payment terms

When putting together your bid response, make sure you are aware of the payment schedule specified. Organ of State payment schedules will vary from entity to entity and procurement to procurement. You may not get paid as soon as the job is finished or goods are delivered. If you require payment different to that specified, you should detail this in your offer.

7.    Provide References

Provide References who know your business and can attest to your work.

Give your References clear information about the bid request so they know what points to emphasise in their reference. If you have previously supplied goods or services to an Organ of State, ask them for a reference.

8.    Check and submit your bid

Make sure you check your proposal carefully before submitting it. Use a checklist to make sure your bid meets all the requirements (some bids will include a checklist that you can also use).

9.    Present your bid

Bid panels responsible for high-value contracts may request a formal presentation from bidders. If you need to present your offer to an evaluation panel, stay focused on the key messages in your proposal. Most importantly, prepare. Plan your presentation carefully, rehearse and, if you don't feel you're a strong presenter, get some coaching in presentation skills.

10.    Request a debriefing

You can request a debriefing on the bid after the process, especially if your bid is unsuccessful. Feedback from the evaluation committee can be extremely useful in understanding how your offering can be improved and can assist you in preparing for your next bid. Look for ways to improve your next bid.

To learn more about this and many other bid conditions please attend one of our HowtoTender workshops. For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at werner@how2tender.com.

 

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Moletjie East RWS- Phase 13 2019-04-23 10:00 PM113/2018
Appointment of Seven (07) Service Providers for Routine Road Maintenance per Cluster in Polokwane Municipal Area Plus Two (02) Backup Service Providers for all clusters (Multi Year)(3 YEARS) 2019-04-24 10:00 PM118/2018
Appointment of Seven (07) Service Providers for Regravelling of Roads per Cluster in Polokwane Municipal Area Plus Two (02) Backup Service Providers for all clusters (Multi Year)(3 YEARS) 2019-04-24 10:00 PM119/2018
Transport of Green Waste from Sedgefield to Old Place Garden Refuse Site 2019-03-26 12:00 371/2018/19
Provision of accredited contract administration and management training for the municipal environment 2019-03-26 12:00 369/2018/2019
Preferred service providers for technical services (specialised bulk water systems) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 70/ 19
Preferred service providers for technical services (electrical low voltage reticulations) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 115/ 19
Preferred service providers for technical services (emergency power (generators and UPS’s)) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 122/ 19
Preferred service providers for technical services (plumbing) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd. 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 113/ 19
Preferred service providers for technical services (electrical medium voltage reticulations) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd (CDC) 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 67/ 19
Call for expression of interest: Supply and delivery of perishable provisions and groceries, pest control services and disposal of waste food at seven (7) management areas 2019-03-29 11:00 REFERENCE NUMBER 1/ 2019
Outright purchase or placement for cassette printers with 2D barcode scanners for the anatomical pathology laboratory, Charlotte Maxeke Hospital for a period of five (5) years. 2019-04-04 11:00 RFB 165/ 18/ 19
Placement and maintenance of fully automated fluorescent slide processor and fluorescent microscope for a period of five(5) years at Tswane Hospital 2019-04-05 11:00 RFB 166/ 18/ 19
Placement and maintenance of Luminex immune based system of tissue typing and antibody screen for a period of five(5) years at Tswane hospital 2019-04-05 11:00 RFB 167/ 18/ 19
Procure a pathogen identification system for public health laboratory, infection services laboratory for a period of five (5) years at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital 2019-04-04 11:00 RFB 160/ 18/ 19
Bid for the supply and delivery of theatre consumables to all hospitals/institutions under the control of the Department of Health, Western Cape Government for a three year period 2019-04-12 11:00 WCGHCC041/ 2018
Supply and delivery of one optical fibre reflectometer to characterise optical fibre networks and photonic subsystems used for radio astronomy applications including all test peripherals required by the reflectometer, calibration, and routine servicing support. The contract is for a period of five years 2019-04-05 11:00 NRF SARAO SKRF 001 2019
(Re-advertisement) Supply, delivery and commissioning of electrical equipment and panels for NQF level 3, 4 & trade test 2019-04-12 11:00 LEPTVETCOL2019/ 001
Supply, delivery, installation, commissioning and training of a variable energy 70MEV H- cyclotron and associated beam lines for isotope production and the provision of spare parts at iThemba Labs, Cape Town, South Africa. 2019-05-10 11:00 NRF/ iThemba LABS/ 2019 - 20: 01
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the appointment of a Service Provider for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Special Maintenance of Structures and Drainage on an ad-hoc basis on the National Route network in the Western and Northern Cape. 2019-04-12 14:00 X005- 021- 2018/ 1F

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The 8 steps in the Tender Adjudication process

By W van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

It is important to understand the Adjudication process when one responds to a Tender or Request for Proposal. If you have these 8 steps under control when responding to tenders, changes are good that you will proceed to the next round.

Here are 8 steps in the adjudication process that Organs of State will most often follow in determining which bidder will win the tender:

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