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 delivery of heavy duty mobile 4x4 firefighting/ rescue vehicles 2019-02-12 10:00 206G/2018/19
NC065 - Hantam Local Office Accommodation 2019-01-18 11:00 IEC/ NC- 04/ 2018
DCS: Westville Correctional Service: Installation of Facilities for People with Disabilities 2019-02-19 11:00 DBN18/ 11/ 09
South African Police Service: Ladysmith 8 Mill Street: Rehabilitation of Existing Facilities 2019-02-05 11:00 DBN18/ 11/ 05
Justice Hlabisa Magistrate Court: Various Building Repairs 2019-02-06 11:00 DBN18/ 11/ 06
Pretoria: Service, Repairs and Maintenance of Fire Prevention Equipment (Portable Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose Reels and Fire Hydrants) in Area 3 in Pretoria for period of 24 months 2019-02-05 11:00 PT18/ 065
Pretoria: Service, Repairs and Maintenance of Fire Prevention Equipment (Portable Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose Reels and Fire Hydrants) in Area 1 Pretoria for period of 24 months 2019-02-05 11:00 PT18/ 062
Pretoria: Service, Repairs and Maintenance of Fire Prevention Equipment (Portable Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose Reels and Fire Hydrants) in Area 4 Pretoria for period of 24 months 2019-02-05 11:00 PT18/ 064
Pretoria: Service, Repairs and Maintenance of Fire Prevention Equipment (Portable Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose Reels and Fire Hydrants) in Area 2 Pretoria for period of 24 months 2019-02-05 11:00 PT18/ 063
Southern Corridor Phase 1: Penhill Development Project (Phase 1B) 2019-02-15 11:00 HSC 10/ 2018/ 2019
Southern Corridor Phase 1: Penhill Development Project (Phase 1C) 2019-02-15 11:00 HSC 11/ 2018/ 2019
Appointment of Architect: Renovations to M Block : RK Khan’s 2019-01-23 11:00 ZNB 5756/ 2018- H
Appointment of Quality Surveyor: Renovations to M Block: R K KHan’s 2019-01-23 11:00 ZNB 5753/ 2018- H
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Routine Road Maintenance of National Route 8 Sections 6 from from Groblershoop to Rooisand and National Route 10 Sections 8 to 11 from Omdraai to Boegoeberg. 2019-01-28 14:00 X.005- 029- 2019/ 1F
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Routine Road Maintenance of National Route 2 sections 5 to 7 from Riet Kuil Outspan to Rondeheuwel. 2019-01-28 14:00 N.002- 057- 2019/ 1F
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Routine Road Maintenance of National Route 10 sections 5 to 8 from Kopieskraal to Omdraai Vlei. 2019-01-28 14:00 N.010- 058- 2019/ 1F
The appointment of the service provider to assist the Waste Bureau with the identification and securing of site, development of a business plan, and management of the setting-up; equipping; operating; training of beneficiaries and handover of the Pilot Construction and Demolition Waste Crushing and Block Manufacturing Facility 2018-12-14 11:00 E 1490
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Routine Road Maintenance of National Route 12 sections 7 to 9 from Pretorius Baken to Klipdrift. 2019-01-28 14:00 N.012- 079- 2019/ 1F
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Routine Road Maintenance of National Route 8 Sections 8 &9 from Vaal River to NC/FS Border, National Route 12 Sections 9 to 11 from Riet River to NC/NW Border and National Route 18 Section 1 from Warrenton to NC/NW Border. 2019-01-28 14:00 X.005- 030- 2019/ 1F
Appointment of a service provider for BPM Solution for South African Tourism 2019-01-07 12:00 SAT137/ 18

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