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.

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Supply: Hardware items 2017-09-19 14:00 R051800270
Mossel Bay: New Dog Unit (Offices,Parking,Kennels,Dip Tank,Exercise Camp) For SA Police Service: 3420.80m2 2017-10-18 11:00 CPTL 004/17
Supply, delivery and service of waste sanitary bins for One year. 2017-09-29 11:00 NOTICE. 19/2017/2018
Supply: Hardware items 2017-09-26 12:00 R051800271
Appointment of an SMME Service Provider to Manufacture and Deliver 15 Specialised Srb Rehab Trailers 2017-10-18 11:00 FMB 001-2017/2018
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Supply: 60 each x hinge;concealed;stl;75mm 2017-09-21 12:00 R051800272
Appointment of an SMME Service Provider to Manufacture and deliver two (2) 12 Ton Trucks with specialised equipment and Cages 2017-10-18 11:00 FMB 003-2017/2018
Supply: Hardware items 2017-09-21 12:00 R051800273
Garderning and Cleaning Services for period of 36 months 2017-10-18 11:00 PUR 2300/14/2017
Supply: Hardware items 2017-09-21 12:00 R051800274
Supply: Hardware items 2017-09-26 12:00 R051800268
Supply: Hardware items 2017-09-26 12:00 R051800268
Supply of Textbooks for period of 36 months 2017-10-18 11:00 PUR 3400/3/2017
Supply: Hardware items 2017-09-22 12:00 R051800269
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Supply: Streetlight poles & ignitors 2017-09-26 15:00 R021800344
Supply: Cast iron joints 2017-09-26 15:00 R021800347
Supply: Cast iron joints 2017-09-26 15:00 R021800346
Supply: Traffic signal brackets 2017-09-21 15:00 R02180297A

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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... Read More
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