Issue Date: 
Monday, July 3, 2017

Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids/tenders you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids/tenders as follows:

  •  The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points is usually set, but this can be higher or lower, depending on the Organ of State.
  • All tender responses achieving less than the set threshold will be declared non-responsive and will not qualify to be evaluated on B-BBEE and Price.

Functionality includes the following main points:

  • Track record and experience;
  • Recourses;
  • Technology;
  • Operational fit;

In your tender response, it is always important to stipulate the following when it comes to your track record and experience:

  • How many years of experience does your company/enterprise have with the goods and/or services you provide?
    The more experience you have the better, this indicates to the Organ of State that you have been providing the goods and/or services for a significant period of time and thus have experience in your field of expertise.
  • Provide contactable references and a proven track record of the goods and/or services.
  • It is always good to provide references in your response, even if it is just one reference. Refences show that you can be trusted, and how better to evaluate your experience than by contacting your references. Remember to be honest in your response as the Organ of State is sure to contact your references.
  • Provide information on your success rate.
  • This is overstating the obvious, but it is good to tell them about previous tenders that were awarded to you, and how successfully you completed them.
  • What is the nature of goods and/or services your company supplies?
    It is imperative that you supply the goods and/or services that the tender asks for. If you do not supply the exact goods and/or services that the tender asks for, you may be disqualified.
  • Provide details of your monthly volume and rand value of goods and/or services you supply to your existing clients.
    This again shows your experience, even if the volumes are small, you still supply the goods and that means experience.
  • Is there any other information you deem relevant to your proposal? If yes, provide details. This is especially important when you can add value to the goods and/or services that the Organ of State requires.

It is very important to elaborate as much as possible on Functionality, in your response. In meeting the Functionality criteria of any tender, you will be sure to advance to the next phase of evaluation.

If you want to learn more about Functionality and how it works be sure to attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops that HowToTender present across South Africa. Please visit our website at www.how2tender.com to find out more or email Werner at werner@how2tender.com.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Colostomy Bags for infant x 20 Boxes 2018-10-26 11:00 ZNQ 426/ 2018
Colostomy Bags for new born x10 boxes 2018-10-26 11:00 ZNQ 373/ 2018
Safety Intravenous cannula with introducer needle and needle lock device 18G , 1.3 x 45mm , 100ml/Min ( 50/Box ) 2018-10-26 11:00 ZNQ 80- 2018/ 19
Supply, Install & Commission Three New Domestic Calorifiers as per specification. 2018-10-30 11:00 ZNQ NO.3072/ 09/ 18
Ent Ear Duckball Elevator Curved 2.2mm Blade, 14cm Length 2018-10-30 11:00 ZNQ NO.2474/ 08/ 18
Quik Fil Filling Adaper. 2018-10-30 11:00 ZNQ NO.2404/ 08/ 18
Mepitel Mesh Dressing With Safety Technology 20 X 31cm. 2018-10-30 11:00 ZNQ NO.1848/ 07/ 18
Glucometer Sticks For The Gluco Sure Autocode 2018-10-30 11:00 ZNQ NO.1805/ 07/ 18
Argyle Thoracic Catheter Drain 40fr 2018-10-30 11:00 ZNQ NO.734/ 05/ 18
Rendering, Manufacturing, Repairing, Fitting and Supplying of Aids for Orthotic and Prosthetic Services to Institutions in the Eden and Central Karoo District Under Western Cape Government the Department of Health for a three year Period 2018-11-16 11:00 WCGHCC031/ 1/ 2018
Ethibond Suture Gauge 5. 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 373/ 1819
Fluid Administrative Giving Set - High Capacity 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 856/ 1819
Intravenous Catheter (Cannula & Needle) 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 672/ 1819
Feeds-Tpn Contracts For 3 Years 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 962/ 1819
Surgiflo Haemostatic Matrix Plus Flexitip Size: 12ml Syringe 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 829/ 1819
Intravenous Catheter (Cannula & Needle) 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 957/ 1819
Surgical Stockings Small 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 259/ 1819
Intravenous Catheter (Cannula & Needle). Size : 16g. 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 671/ 1819
Butterfly Needle 18g -Neonate/Paeds. 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 709/ 1819
Percutaneous Tracheostomy Kits Cuffed. 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 625/ 1819

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