Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Steps in the bid process

By Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Each year, Organs of State invite the Private Sector to submit competitive bids for the supply of goods and services.  Organs of State bid requests attract SMME's and large businesses across a wide range of sectors - from office supplies to major construction projects.

Here is an overview of 10 steps you should take to prepare a competitive bid.

  1. Register your interest
    Follow the instructions in the bid document to register your interest with the purchasing agency.  This crucial step will help keep you up to date on any bid information sessions.
  2. Attend briefing sessions
    If you registered through a bid website, monitor the website for updates about bids.  Attend any bid briefing sessions offered.  These are valuable opportunities to ask questions and make contact with Organs of State.  They may also give you a chance to meet potential subcontractors or make contacts that could participate in a consortium.  Organs of State are also usually under no obligation to otherwise make available copies of information, presentations, etc., that may be given at a briefing session.
  3. Develop your bid response strategy
    If you are bidding for a high-value bid, plan your bid carefully and consider the requirements and resources involved.  For example, ask yourself:
    a) How much will it cost to prepare the bid?
    b) What information do we need to gather?
    c) What resources will we need to fulfil the contract?
    d) Who will manage the bid project?
    e) How will we plan the workload, assign the work required, schedule the meetings?
    f) Who is our competition and what are our chances of winning?
    g) What is our plan for marketing our products and services and pitching our business?
  4. Review recent awarded contracts
    If you are unclear about any requirements in the bid request, contact the bid coordinator to seek clarification.  What type of companies won similar bids in the past?  What does the contracting Organ of State look for?  What can you do to match their expectations?
  5. Write a compelling bid
    Prepare your bid response.  This includes planning, drafting, and refining it.  Make sure that you use the response forms provided and answer all questions.  Stick to any word/page limits that there may be, and (generally) do not go altering things like fonts and font sizes and numbering unless expressly permitted.  Be clear about your structure and propositions.  Decide on several key propositions you can use to set your bid apart from others.  Review the evaluation criteria to gain a better understanding of what things the government agency is particularly looking for and will be evaluating your offer against.  If you are not a strong writer, think about engaging a professional (a range of businesses offer bid writing services).
  6. Understand the payment terms
    When putting together your bid response, make sure you are aware of the payment schedule specified.  Organ of State payment schedules will vary from entity to entity and procurement to procurement.  You may not get paid as soon as the job is finished, or goods are delivered.  If you require payment different to that specified, you should detail this in your offer.
  7. Provide References
    Provide References who know your business and can attest to your work.
    Give your References clear information about the bid request so they know what points to emphasise in their reference.  If you have previously supplied goods or services to an Organ of State, ask them for a reference.
  8. Check and submit your bid
    Make sure you check your proposal carefully before submitting it.  Use a checklist to make sure your bid meets all the requirements (some bids will include a checklist that you can also use).
  9. Present your bid
    Bid panels responsible for high-value contracts may request a formal presentation from bidders.  If you need to present your offer to an evaluation panel, stay focused on the key messages in your proposal.  Most importantly, prepare.  Plan your presentation carefully, rehearse and, if you do not feel you are a strong presenter, get some coaching in presentation skills.
  10. Request a debriefing
    You can request a debriefing on the bid after the process, especially if your bid is unsuccessful.  Feedback from the evaluation committee can be extremely useful in understanding how your offering can be improved and can assist you in preparing for your next bid.  Look for ways to improve your next bid.

To learn more about this and many other bid conditions please attend one of our HowtoTender workshops.  For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at werner@how2tender.com.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.  Book and pay online at https://howtotender.co.za/tender-expert-form/

Contact us at wernervr@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.

You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website https://howtotender.co.za/ which is a step by step guide how to respond to a South African Tender.  It includes examples of completed SBD forms.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply and delivery of drums and cartridges. 2020-12-02 10:00 SCM/NB14/2020/2021
Quotation for the appointment of a service provider for the supply, delivery and installation of a public address (PA) system in the auditorium. 2020-12-03 10:00 Q45-2020-21
Supply and delivery of equipment and materials 2020-12-02 10:00 SCM/NB15/2020/2021
Minor refurbishment of Metrorail mess areas 2020-12-11 11:00 Rfq01/12/11/2020
Provision of Covid-19 Cleaning Services 2021-01-07 12:00 CO 20/28 O
Request for Quotations for the provision of cleaning services for 2 months at Cape Town International Airport 2020-12-10 10:00 RFQ PR 69025 & 69026
Quotation to appoint a service provider for the supply and delivery og bedding for lodging facilities. 2020-12-03 10:00 Q41-2020-21
For the Supply and delivery of 38 Pair Copper Coaxial Cable 2020-12-08 10:00 BLE 3983/2020
Appointment of a PSP for the development of capital expenditure frameworks for four intermediate city municipalities 2020-12-17 23:45 RFP272/2020
Provision for a Panel of Attorneys for Legal Services for a Period of Three Years 2021-01-04 12:00 GTLM/CS05/2020/2021
Invitation | security camera installation 2020-12-11 12:00 No reference number
For the establishment of frame agreements for the supply of non-food commodities 2020-12-13 23:45 ITB/2020/RSA/004
For the establishment of frame agreements for the supply of food commodities 2020-12-13 23:45 ITB/2020/RSA/003
Invitation / Service Providers/Contractors 2020-12-14 16:00 No reference number
Appointment of a service provider for the provision of birds and pest control services for a period of three (3) years at the South African Nursing Council. 2020-12-14 11:30 RFQ 47/2020
For the provision of decontamination services to various buildings in Limpopo, Pretoria and North West for a period of six (06) months 2020-12-03 10:00 ERACAM 5160-34583
For the appointment of an independent consulting service provider to conduct an evaluation and assessment of IT data service towers volumes for a period of three (3) months 2020-12-09 12:00 GSM/20/11/2031
Supply and install program SV 9100VOIP IP PABX system at Merrivale 2020-11-30 11:00 ZNQ001142/00000/00/PMC/GEN/20T
Expression of Interest (EOI): Pre-qualification of Contractors for implementation of optical fibre infrastructure for Ilitha Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd 2020-12-11 12:00 ITC/C1929/2020
Administration and Management of Disaster Management Volunteers (12 Months Contract) Re-advert 2021-01-05 11:00 COMM-D15/2020/2021

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