Issue Date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Difference Between a RFI, RFQ and RFP

We are regularly asked, ‘what is the difference between a Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Quote (RFQ)’. Below is an explanation of these three requests.

According to the Government, the differences between RFQ’s, RFI’s and RFP’s are as follows:

“RFx is an abbreviation used to refer to a group of ‘Request For…’ documents, used to solicit responses of various types from suppliers. The three documents used in this group include Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Quote (RFQ).

Request for Information (RFI)

An RFI is generally used when the solution to a business problem is not immediately evident or clearly defined. The RFI is used to gather information, NOT to make a selection or an award. The Supply Chain Management Unit works with the Customer to:

  • clearly define the problem;
  • solicit external expertise regarding how to solve the problem;
  • study proposed solutions.

Request for Proposal (RFP)

An RFP is used when the Customer understands the business problem and what’s needed to solve it, including specifications and procedures. Price is usually not the determining factor in the evaluation of an RFP. Factors such as quality, service, and reputation are also taken into consideration.

Request for Quote (RFQ)

An RFQ is generally used to obtain pricing, delivery information, terms and conditions from suppliers. In this case, requestors have a clear understanding of what they need, including requirements and specifications. To procure the exact product or service you need, the Customer provides the Supply Chain Management Unit with as much information as possible, including complete specifications, quantities, and delivery schedule.”

The common threat between all three types of requests is that the Customer or Government Entity is not obliged to appoint a service provider on the results from issuing any of these requests. The best way to know that a tender award will be made is when you respond to a formal quotation or a competitive bid. Normally a formal quotation will be for goods or services with a value between R30,000-00 and R200,000-00 and a competitive bid will be for goods or services with a value exceeding R200,000-00.

Visit our website www.how2tender.com to find out more.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply Wound dressing (100% soduim carboxymethylcellulose NACMC fibrous hydrocolloid dressing containing ionic silver with nylon stitching 17 x 15cm) - 3000 boxes 2018-03-06 10:00 225/ 17- 18
Request to render Security Services at Mary Moodley Child and Youth Care Centre for a period of 24 Months 2018-03-16 11:00 GT/ GDSD/ 055/ 2018
Supply: Elastic bandage 50mm x 4.5m(stretched) (12 rolls per pkt); Elastic bandage 100mm x 4.5m(stretched) (12 rolls per pkt) 2018-03-02 11:00 ZNQ 132/ 2017
Request for proposal for the appointment of a contractor for construction of electrical works, access road and water supply system 2018-03-27 11:00 GGDA/ 19/ 2017- 18/ GIDZ_INFRASTRUC
Rendering of a Security Service for period of two years (24 months) at CNR Leta & Moropotsane Street ,Phuthaditjhaba ,Qwa-qwa, 9866 2018-03-15 11:00 FSDOL07/ 2018
Appointment of a service provider for the supply, installation and maintenance of backup generators, uninterrupted power supply (UPS) unit, air-conditioners including consequential general building, electrical, mechanical, civil and engineering works in various DHA offices and Port of Entry for a period of three (3) years. 2018-03-16 11:00 DHA04- 2018
Re-Advert - Provision of alarm with armed response services and security guards at the CETA head office in Midrand. 2018-03-02 11:00 018- 2017/ 2018
Provision of ICT desktop support services for a period of 3 years. 2018-03-16 11:00 CONHILL/ 02/ FAC/ 2018
Request for proposal for the appointment of a service provider to project manage the GIDZ marketing campaign 2018-03-26 11:00 GGDA/ 18/ 2017- 18/ GIDZ_MARKETING
Faulty Find and Repair Calorifier Since Has No Hot Water in Nurses Home Building 2018-03-02 11:00 ZNQ 133/ 2017
Provision of internet connectivity services for a period of 3 years. 2018-03-15 11:00 CONHILL/ 04/ FAC/ 2018
Supply of maintenance, support and a minor upgrade for the Department of Trade and Industries (the dti) Checkpoint infrastructure. 2018-03-16 11:00 RFB 1704/ 2017
Invitation to service providers to supply MPLS connectivity between The Commission’s Main Data Center located at The DTI Campus, 77 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria and the Remote Sites. 2018-03-16 11:00 CIPC BID NUMBER: 31/ 2017/ 2018
Repair and Maintenance of Accessible Lifts, for a period of 3 years, including Lift Replacement Project 2018-03-16 11:00 CONHILL/ 01/ FAC/ 2018
Identification of premises for office space for the NDA to be occupied over a period of three years with an option to renew at NDA’s sole discretion for an additional twenty-four months at intervals of twelve months each 2018-03-22 14:00 NDA26/ FIN15/ 18
Manufacturing, supply and delivery of poncho, HRD trainee for a period of three (3) years in accordance with specification SAPS 3231/17 Version 01.0/June 2017: Division: Supply Chain Management. 2018-03-27 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 95TC (17)
Appointment of Suitable Service Provider to Provide Office Accommodation to the MICT Seta Cape Town Offices for a period 36 months Subject to Renewal Of MICT Seta License 2018-03-16 11:00 MICT- SETA/ OACPT/ 2018
Manufacturing, supply and delivery of jersey HRD trainee unisex for a period of three (3) years in accordance with specification SAPS 3206/17 Version 01.0/ April 2017 2018-03-27 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 94TC (17):
Appointment of Suitable Service Provider to Provide Office Accommodation to the Mict Seta Durban Offices for a period 36 months subject to Renewal of MICT Seta License 2018-03-16 11:00 MICT- SETA/ OADBN/ 2018
The supply and delivery of protective clothing and uniform for mortuaries 2018-03-02 11:00 339, 340, 347, 335/ 17/ 18

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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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