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 and deliver Duplex Dermatome. 2018-06-25 11:00 H109/ 18/ 19
Supply and install high security fence at Mphohadi campus - Kroonstad 2018-07-13 11:00 T/ IM/ 01/ 18 fence
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Ladies Windbreakers. Quantity 500. Main Contractor or Sub- Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-19 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 038/ 18
2 Units - Insulated Beverage Containers - 5.7 Liter Capacity Granite Grey (Polycarbonate) 2018-07-04 11:00 195/ 18
1 Unit - Food Waste Disposer/Macerator 3hp 2.2 Kw - Supply and Install (Specification Attached on the Documents) 2018-07-04 11:00 193/ 18
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Skirt Evening Wear, Black. Quantity 150. Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-17 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 036/ 18
Rendering of Health Care Risk Waste handling service to Western Cape Government: Health for three (3) year period 2018-07-13 11:00 WCGHSC 0090/ 2017
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Coverall Jackets (Quantity 1000) and Trousers Coverall (Quantity 1500). Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-18 01:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 032/ 18
Tumble Dryer - 55kg 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 287/ 18- 19 GAZ
Hyster Canopy 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 288/ 18- 19 GAZ
Digital Steam Press 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 289/ 18- 19 GAZ
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material and Metal Buttons will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Caps, Service Dress, Men. Quantity 67. Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-16 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 030/ 18
Removal and Disposal of Used Fluorescent Tubes 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 277/ 18- 19 GAZ
Supply and Delivery of SA Air Force Embroidered Onlays (Quantity 140), Hand Embroidered Cap Badges (Quanity 147) and Gorget Patches (Quantity 321). Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-18 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 029/ 18
Provision of Porter, Messenger and Cleaning Services for a period of 12 months - 4 staff 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 278/ 18- 19 GAZ
Washer Extractor - 57kg 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 286/ 18- 19 GAZ
Appointment of a service provider to supply the Council for Geoscience (CGS) with a vehicle and equipment tracking management system for a period of 5 years 2018-07-20 11:00 CGS- 2018- 017K
Appointment of a Company to Review Business Continuity Programme 2018-07-23 11:00 CGS- 2018- 018K
South African Social Security Agency hereby invites of suppliers to bid for the supply and delivery of stationery for SASSA - Limpopo Region for a period of 36 months 2018-07-13 11:00 SASSA: 04/ 18/ CS/ LP
Nelson Mandela Museum seeks the services of a qualified and experienced company to supply 4 in 1 color multi-function printers for a period of two years (twenty four months). 2018-07-13 12:00 NMM 2018- 07

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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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