By Werner van Rooyen
31 January 2019
Sometimes I am surprised at how little business people in South Africa know about Tenders and the Tender Process. Simple things like terminology and general tender information are difficult for people to comprehend not to mention the Standard Bidding Documents and Tender Pricing.
Unbelievably there are still Entrepreneurs that thinks to respond to tenders are an actual business? You will find that these Entrepreneurs would respond to all the tenders that are on offer by a specific Government Department or Municipality. I am not sure if it works in rural areas but my experience in the big Metropolitan Areas is that the Procurement department’s employees just have a good laugh when they found tender responses like these and then they disqualify ALL the tenders from this Entrepreneur. This is a typical example of a tenderpreneur.
If you want to tender you must have a running business or at least be a start-up business. Do not respond to a tender if you do not operate as a business. You are going to find that you will not be awarded the tender that you have responded to.
Make sure that when you tender you know what the difference is between a Tender, Bid, Request for Proposal and Request for Quotation. These are terms used in day to day tender activities. Ensure that you are aware of Tender Briefing Sessions and what to expect at these Briefing Sessions. The list of things to know is endless.
Entrepreneurs also struggle to find the latest Tenders that are on offer. We regularly get people on our website that enquires about actual tenders that are currently available. We at How2Tender.com do not render such a service. It is only websites such as sa-tenders.co.za and alike that renders such a service. But then again, the Entrepreneurs lack the knowledge to know this.
If you as the Entrepreneur have attended one of our workshops you will have all the knowledge you need to respond to a tender correctly and accurately. The hope is that you are equipped with all the knowledge you will need to respond to Tenders successfully. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee success.
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 www.howtotender.co.za. Please contact Estelle at Estelle@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.
This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.