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 do your company or enterprise has with the goods and/or services you are proposing?

The longer experience you have the better. This indicates to the Organ of State that you have been providing the goods and/or services for a period of time and that you are experienced in your field of expertise.

  • Provide contactable references and proven track record of the goods and/or services.

In your response it is always good to provide references, even if it is just one reference. The Organ of State needs to know that you can be trusted and how better to evaluate this 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. Tell them about previous tenders that were awarded to you and how successfully you have completed it.

  • What is the nature of goods and/or services your company supply?

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 will show your experience. Even if you are providing small volumes 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 ensured that your enterprise advances 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 Kunaku Procurement Solutions present across South Africa.

Please visit our website to find out more or email us at info@how2tender.com.

Until the next time – happy tendering.

This article is written by Werner van Rooyen, one of the Directors on Kunaku Procurement Solutions which specialises in tender consulting and tender training.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Request for proposal to dispose Office Furniture and Equipment for GPAA. 2018-03-16 11:00 GPAA 04/ 2018
Request for proposal to dispose ICT equipment for GPAA. 2018-03-16 11:00 GPAA 03/ 2018
Request for proposal for the appointment of a service provider to project manage the Design@50 skills development programme 2018-03-15 11:00 GGDA/ 17/ 2017- 18/ GIDZ_DESIGN@ 50
Sales of vehicles: Colesberg Management Area: Correctional Centre: Once -off 2018-03-09 11:00 COBQ 01/ 2018
Supply, delivery & installation of palisade fencing at Tshabo RED Hub 2018-03-16 11:00 SCMU 12 – 2017/18
The objective of this bid is to appoint a service provider to conduct research within the wholesale and retail sector to update the current SSP. 2018-03-16 11:00 SSP/ 2018/ 0004
The objective of this bid is to appoint Accredited Training Providers and TVET Colleges to up skill and train 220 18.2 members from 10 Cooperatives within the Northern Cape and 10 within the North West Provinces on W&RSETA Skills Programmes. 2018-03-16 11:00 RDO/ 2018/ 0010
Drivers License Training Programme 2018-03-27 11:00 ZNB 1413/ 18 T
The purpose of this bid is to invite Accredited Training Providers to train and up skill 550 18.2 learners identified within the AmaNdlambe AkuGompo Villages, AmaHleke Villages and Ten Traditional Councils within Nqgushwa Local Municipality. 2018-03-16 11:00 RDO/ 2018/ 0008
The objective of this bid is to appoint and contract Accredited Training Providers and TVET Colleges with Accreditation and/or scope with the W&RSETA to offer W&RSETA Unit Standards. 2018-03-16 11:00 RDO/ 2018/ 0009
Pretoria: Bryntirion Heritage: Construction of gate 1 and 2 as well as the Dog Unit 2018-03-27 11:00 Pt18/ 005
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the appointment of individual entities or groups of service providers consisting of a bank(s) as well as System Operators to enter into an agreement to provide banking services to SANRAL. 2018-03-23 14:00 NRA
Repair and Renovation to existing Community Library in Barkley West 2018-03-26 11:00 DRPW 044/ 2017
Provision of travel management services at SANAS for a period of 36 months 2018-03-09 11:00 SANAS/ TRAVEL/ 2017- 18/ 02
Department of Labour: Procurement of alternative Office accommodation comprising 2 533.64m² and 20 Parking Bays in Germiston CBD for a period of three (3) years 2018-03-16 11:00 JHB.17/ 41
Request for proposals from property management companies or landlords to lease office space in the Midrand area. 2018-03-16 11:00 RFP/ SASSETA/ 1718006
Appointment of a service provider for the infrastructure / refurbishment / construction including consequential general building, electrical, mechanical, civil and engineering works at DHA offices and Ports of Entry for a period of three (3) years 2018-03-16 11:00 DHA05- 2018
Rendering of security service to the Northern Cape Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. 2018-03-16 11:00 NCDSAC- 004- 2017
Re-Advert - Appointment of a CIDB registered contractor for the construction of a technology laboratory building at the University of Venda 2018-03-02 11:00 019- 2017/ 2018
Appointment of Travel Management Companies to Provide Travel Management Services to Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. 2018-03-16 11:00 NCDSAC- 005- 2017

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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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