Issue Date: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

8 Rules When Submitting Your Tender Response

We recently presented our tender workshop: 'How to respond to a tender correctly', and we realized that there are still people that struggle when it comes to submitting their tender response.

Here below are eight rules to follow, when submitting your tender response.

All tender invitations have their own submission instructions. It is of the utmost importance that you follow these instructions. These instructions can usually be found at the beginning of the tender invitation, 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 sharp. Most 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 required. You do not want the procuring entity to take your tender response apart in order to copy it. Remember that there are several Bid Evaluation Committee members and each of them must have a copy of your tender response to evaluate it.
  4. Be mindful that the procuring entity can request different formats of your tender response, e.g. they can request a hard/soft copy or both.
  5. When you deliver your tender response ensure that it is into the correct tender box. Many procuring entities have more than one tender box.
  6. If you must provide samples together with your tender response, ensure that the samples are also delivered to the correct address. Sometimes the samples need to be delivered to a different address as the tender response, ensure you follow the delivering instructions carefully.
  7. Envelopes - make sure your tender response is in a sealed envelope and that it is addressed correctly. Sometimes there is a TWO envelope procedure. Ensure you are following the correct procedure, which the procuring entity is using.
  8. Finally, write the address in a legible handwriting. If they cannot read it - your tender response will not be considered.

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

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. Workshop dates are published on our website at www.how2tender.com. For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at werner@how2tender.com.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd. which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply and Deliver of Custon Rescue Paddle Board 2018-12-14 11:00 GQ12182004
Tenders are invited for the maintenance of ABB SCADA SYSTEM 2018-12-14 11:00 CSQ12181503
Rental of landfill compactor for December 2018 and January 2019 2018-12-18 11:00 345678
Advertisement for suitable Suppliers and Service Providers to apply and become part of Save the Children South Africa’s Supplier Database 2019-02-15 12:00 No reference number
Supply & deliver Decalit Chokes Oglis 0.5,100watt,B80 230volt for 1000watt High Pressure Fittings 2018-12-14 11:00 SQ11181321
Demolition of Redundant Structures Citywide 2019-02-08 10:00 196Q/2018/19
Supply & deliver Liquefied Petroleum Gas in 9kg cylinders,to S.A.B.S 690 specifications 2018-12-14 11:00 SQ11181321
Supply & deliver Boxes With Lids 455 L X 340 W X 290mm H Doubled Walled on sides with handles 2018-12-14 11:00 SQ11181321
Supply & deliver Envelopes Manilla With Window Face 220mm x 110mm. Straight flap cut type KE.80/100gm. 2018-12-14 11:00 SQ11181321
First Line Response- Distribution Area East, North and South 2019-02-08 10:00 192S/2018/19
Term Tender for Supply, Installation and Retrofitting of Water Efficient Technologies Citywide 2019-02-11 10:00 197Q/2018/19
Supply & deliver Truck Tyres 12R22.5 2018-12-13 11:00 SQ12181325
Supply & deliver Couplings Rubber DISC F-60 tyre 2018-12-13 11:00 SQ12181325
Supply & deliver Pipe,Coil Safe 15mm X 50mtr 2018-12-13 11:00 SQ11181312
Supply & deliver Electrical Spring Connectors Part no. 200665 Blue & Grey connectors.Scotc hlok 3M or approved equal 2018-12-13 11:00 SQ11181312
Tenders are Invited for the Servicing and Issue of Safe Lift Certificate for 19 Vehicle Lift Hoist 2018-12-14 11:00 CSQ12181507
Supply and delivery of heavy duty mobile vehicle 55 metre aerial firefighting/rescue turntable ladder for the fire and rescue services 2019-02-11 10:00 204G/2018/19
Supply and delivery of various articles of human protective clothing for use in structural fires by the fire and rescue service 2019-02-11 10:00 202G/2018/19
The supply of aerial support to the fire and rescue service during high fire season 2019-02-12 10:00 207G/2018/19
Supply and delivery of various firefighting foam concentrate for the City of Cape Town 2019-02-12 10:00 205G/2018/19

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