Issue Date: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

8 Rules When Submitting Your Tender Response

It is clear that people still struggle when it comes to submitting their tender response.  So below are eight rules that should always be followed:

All tender invitations have their own submission instructions. It is of the utmost importance that you familiarize yourself with full content of the tender. These instructions can usually be found at the beginning of the tender invitation document and include instructions such as:

  1. Closing date – which is the last day that the tender response can be submitted.
  2. Closing times – VERY IMPORTANT – do not be late! If the Closing time is at 11H00 it means 11H00:00 sharp. Currently, procurement entities will indicate on the tender invitation document that the time they use is the time given by dialing Telkom’s 1026 line. This is the official time in South Africa.
  3. Ensure that you submit the correct number of copies that the procuring entity has requested. You don’t want the procuring entity to take your tender response apart in order to make copies of it. Remember that there are several Bid Evaluation Committee members and each one of them must have a copy of your tender response in order to evaluate.
  4. Be mindful that the procuring entity can request different formats of your tender response. For example, they can request a hard copy or soft copy or even both.
  5. When you deliver your tender response ensure that it goes into the correct tender box. Many procuring entities will have more than one tender box available.
  6. If you have to provide samples together with your tender response ensure that the samples are also delivered at the correct address – sometimes the samples need to be delivered at a different address as the tender response – ensure you are on top of the delivery instructions.
  7. Envelopes – make sure your tender response is in a sealed envelope and that it is addressed correctly. Sometimes there is a TWO envelope process. Ensure you are up to speed with which process the procuring entity is using.
  8. Finally, write the address in a readable handwriting. If they cannot read it - your tender response will not be considered.

By following these rules you will ensure that your tender response considered for evaluation.

For more information please visit our website at www.how2tender.com

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Brand new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017 for Tenders

The brand new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017, has been finalized and was gazetted on 20 January 2017. There are some interesting changes and challenges that we will discuss during the coming months. This is the official media release from National Treasury:

The regulations were initially promulgated in 2001 and revised in 2011 thus making this the second revision since the initial promulgation.

The revision of the Preferential Procurement Regulations of 2011 was largely influenced by the need... Read More

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