Issue Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

3 Basic Tips to Remember When Responding to a Tender

When responding to tenders, whether it is Public or Private Sector, it is vital that your business makes a good impression by following these tips:

Do Your Research

Basically, a tender is an invitation to bidders to submit their proposal for a specified business need. The contract will be awarded to the bidder who can meet the need most closely and provide the best value for money. However, it’s important to remember that price is only one factor. So, read all the documents relating to the tender, attend any briefing or information sessions that are offered and make sure you understand the scope of work. If there are any uncertainties, have them clarified as early as possible.

If you have the opportunity, also research the Public or Private Sector Entity’s history, background, operations and any details about previous tenders. Another way to get a head start over the competition is to network and build relationships with the key decision makers prior to the bidding process.

Address all the Scope of Work

Every bidder will be evaluated against the tender criteria or functionality, so it’s important that you address them clearly and concisely. Make sure you also provide supporting proof if available, such as profit figures and other key performance indicators from similar projects you have worked on. Be careful about going too far, though. Providing too much information could overwhelm your potential client and create a negative impression.

This is your chance to prove that you are experienced, reliable, and confident that you can deliver on what’s required. It’s also your opportunity to differentiate yourself from the competition.

Review, review, review

Before you submit your tender, review it to make sure it’s complete and doesn’t contain any errors. Ask someone, other than the original responder, to read over the entire document at least once to double-check everything. Also, check that it meets the required format and style.

Many organisations – such as government agencies – can be very stringent with their deadlines, therefore it’s important that your tender response is submitted to the right person, at the right location, before the specified closing time and date. Compiling a comprehensive tender requires a lot of effort, but the payoff can be substantial should you win.  It’s always a wise strategy to put as much care and attention into your tenders as you would any other area of the business because if your tender responses are the best they can be, the odds are you’ll win the business.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of the How-to-Tender workshops on

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Business Turnaround Specialists Panel. 2018-04-13 14:00 RFP 12/2017
Appointment of a Debt Sponsor and a Panel of dealers for the IDC domestic Medium Term Note (DMTN) Programme. 2018-04-09 12:00 T12/03/18
Enterprise Development Tender for Start-up enterprises in the Plumbing, Refrigeration and Airconditioning services 2018-04-12 17:00 UM P&A – Startup Opp 2018
The appointment of a service provider to provide training for all CSOS Employees on conciliation (mediation) and adjudication (arbitration). 2018-04-10 11:00 CSOS009-2018
The provision of concrete structure repairs at the fabric filter plant for a period of 6 months at Camden Power Station. 2018-04-11 10:00 MPGXC005093
Appointment of a suitably qualified service provider to supply, install, and monitor power quality meters for a period of thirty six (36) months and train municipal personnel from date of appointment. 2018-04-11 10:00 11/2018/32 N32/2018
(Re-Advertisement) Appointment of a contractor for supply, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of 11KV switchgear at NE 3 substation, Vanderbijlpark. 2018-04-11 10:00 11/2018/34 N34/2018
(Re-Advertisement) Appointment of a contractor for supply, delivery, installation, commissioning of 88KV switch gear at NE 3 substation, Vanderbijlpark. 2018-04-11 10:00 11/2018/35 N35/2018
(Re-Advertisment) Repair of protection in various substations for a period of thirty six (36) months on as and when required basis 2018-04-11 10:00 11/2018/36 N36/2018
Eskom Chartered Accountant (CA) Trainee Assessment System. 2018-04-11 10:00 CORP4372
As and When mechanical and electrical maintenance and repairs - COP 29 inspections of Rolling Stock Equipment. 2018-04-12 12:00 61/2017/CTN/RS
Provision of Major Maintenance and Reliability Substation Primary Plant in North West Operating Unit for 36 Months on an "as and when" required. 2018-04-12 14:00 PTATEN2398
Appointment of a services provider to render comprehensive hygiene services for a period of three (3) years. 2018-04-13 11:00 HSRC/04/2017/18
Provision of ablution facilities for a period of three years. 2018-04-17 12:00 CE:119
Invitation to submit proposals for establishment of a panel of professional service providers (PSP) to render professional multi-disciplinary services covering: Built-environment infrastructure projects for a period of three(3) years as and when required. 2018-05-04 12:00 T/2018/03/13/TECH/CONS
The provision of non-industrial cleaning, offices, kitchen and ablution areas at Duvha Power Station for the period of 3 (three) years. 2018-04-16 10:00 MPGXC005089
Supply and delivery of Protective Clothing for employees for 3 years. 2018-04-17 12:00 03/2018
Appointment of Service Provider for the Supply and installation of security equipment, X-ray Machines and Walk through Metal Detectors including a 5-year maintenance contract. 2018-04-19 12:00 SENT/043/2017-18
Manufacture and supply Antimony Lead Alloy Billets. 2018-04-20 12:00 355876
Short - term insurance from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019. 2018-04-20 12:00 WDM 02/2018


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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