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 Install Panorex X-Ray Machine X 01 Unit 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ 318 / 18- 19
Emergency and Resuscitation Trolley Complete X 07 Units 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ 316 / 18- 19
Supply and Install Autoclave Melag - Steam Sterilizer - Table Top X 01 Unit 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ 317 / 18- 19
Appointment of a Commvault authorised service provider to supply Commvault data management license, license maintenance and Commvault support training for a period of three years. 2018-07-13 11:00 NT005- 2018
Provision of External Debt Collection - Public Sector for a period of one (1) year. 2018-07-27 11:00 SCMN003/ 2018
Appointment of a service provider for the implementation and management of the Revised Taxi Racapitalisation Programme (RTRP) 2018-07-13 11:00 DOT/ 05/ 2018/ PT
Appointment of a service provider to develop Lephalale’s Comprehensive Integrated Transport Plan. 2018-07-13 11:00 DOT/ 02/ 2018/ PT
Provision of Internal Audit Service. 2018-07-13 11:00 SAMRC/ ERMPIAS/ 2018/ 06
Supply and install central Suction Motor X 02 Units 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ 319 / 18- 19
Appointment of a service provider to conduct impact assessment on INSETA Funded Programmes. 2018-07-17 11:00 Lear/ 2018/ 04
120 Boxes- Nylon 2/0 Colt- Suture - 90mm, 3/8cc - 100cm ( 12 Unit In A Box ) 2018-07-04 11:00 196/ 18
Request for proposal to provide advisory / property consulting services to the Free State Development Corporation. 2018-07-20 12:00 FDC RFP NO. 006/ 2018
40 Boxes - Spongostan Standard (75 X 5 X 1 Cm) (10 Units In a Box) 2018-07-04 11:00 198/ 18
360 (5 Litre) - Disinfecting Instrument Precleaner (12 Months Contract) 2018-07-04 11:00 184/ 18
Installation of Server cabinets and network racks. 2018-07-31 11:00 FSCA2018/ 19- T003
Supply and delivery of an off Site Comprehensive Computerised Tomography (Ct Scan Reporting) Service to George Hospital for a two (2) year period 2018-07-20 11:00 WCGHCC030/ 2018
Terms of Reference for the provisioning of Conferencing and Accommodation facilities for 160 delegates in Gauteng. 2018-07-16 11:00 SCMU: 03 - 2018/ 19
Provide conferencing facilities, accommodation and a practical working site to conduct construction related training in the Western Cape for 50 persons. The services are required for 10 weeks (extended over 10 months) from September 2018 to June 2019. 2018-07-17 11:00 S050/ 18
Bandages elastic adhesive plaster, 100mm x 3m Brown ( 12/Box ) x 108 Boxes 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ 16- 2018/ 19
Supply *Scapel Blade Size 22 Box of 10 ( 200 Boxes) 2018-06-29 11:00 28/ 18- 19

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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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