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.
Multiband Ligater Kit, Single Use 8.5 - 11.5mm Scope Diameter With A Clear Barrel For Bonding Oesophageal Vverices. 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2773/ 08/ 18
Supply, Delivery and Off-loading of Cleaning Material and Toiletries for Klerksdorp, Rustenburg and Rooigrond Management Areas (North -West Province). 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 10/ 2018 NORTH - WEST
Stoma Adhesive Protective Powder Alcohol Free, 28.3g. 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2591/ 08/ 18
Supply, Delivery and Off-loading of Groceries, for Klerksdorp, Rustenburg and Rooigrond Management Areas (North -West Province). 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 07/ 2018 NORTH - WEST
Equipment: Heating Pan, Rectangular with Non Stick Heating Surface, Portable Design, Including Aluminium Lid with Handle and a Heavy Aluminium Gauge for Even Heat Distribution 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2619/ 08/ 18
Supply, Delivery and Off-loading of Coal Peas, Thohoyandou Management Area (Limpopo Province ). 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 15/ 2018 LIMPOPO
Non Adherent Dressing With Soft Silicone Technology Atraumatic Dressing, Dressing With Safetac Dressing 20x30. 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2593/ 08/ 18
Bacteriostatic Gel which Containspropylene Glycol (Box Of 10) 15g Tubes 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2592/ 08/ 18
Supply, Delivery and Off-loading of Groceries for Thohoyandou and Polokwane Management Areas ( Limpopo Province) 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 09/ 2018 LIMPOPO
Smooth Bore Breathing Circuits With Extra Limb And 2lt Breathing Bag Adult (3 Limb) 1.6mtr Long 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2586/ 08/ 18
Disposable Bed Sheets - 100cm X 200cm, Sample Required With Quote. 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2528/ 08/ 18
Supply, Delivery and Off-loading of Cleaning Material and Toiletries for Thohoyandou and Polokwane Management Areas ( Limpopo Province) 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 12/ 2018 LIMPOPO
Adaptic Digit Non Adhering Dressing Digit. 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2526/ 08/ 18
Supply: Teledyne Benthos 867 Battery Replacement Kits (3002855) - x 4. 2018-09-28 11:00 RFQ000289
Suture Grasper 14 Gauge 15cm Length 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2479/ 08/ 18
Appointment of a services provider for the supply, delivery, training and maintenance of two waste palletizer. 2018-10-12 11:00 GT/ GDARD/ 131/ 2018
Please Supply Sxm40-40 Hot Water Circulating Pumps as per required specification 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2810/ 08/ 18
Supply and Install the Birds Deter Stand (See Picture Attached) Quantity: 1 Unit 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.1523/ 06/ 18
Northern Cape: Upington and De aar Area: Rehabilitation of Bridges in Upington and De aar area. CIDB GRADING: 7 CE or Above. 2018-10-16 11:00 DRPW 001/ 2018
Supply, delivery, installation, training, commissioning, internal validation and support of a Microfluidics Fragment Analyser (MFA) for DNA analysis, for use in the Molecular Forensics Laboratory at UCT Health Sciences Faculty for the Western Cape Forensic Pathology Service. 2018-10-19 11:00 WCGHCC034/ 2018

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