Issue Date: 
Monday, August 31, 2015

Tenders explained

Each day hundreds of tenders are being advertised but we often only hear about those where things have gone wrong or where the concept has been abused. It gives ‘Tenders’ a stink it doesn’t deserve. In today’s blog, we look at what exactly a tender is.

A tender is an offer to perform work, supply goods, services or products at a fixed price. The tendering process is generally utilized for procurements or contracts involving substantial amounts of money. Generally speaking, it is government departments, offices, agencies, private sector companies and businesses that put requests out on tenders. By so doing, they basically ask the public for price offers to supply required products or services. Once the tenderer accepts a tender, it is binding to both the tenderer and the person or company who won the tender. Therefore, the person or company has to provide the goods or services in the manner agreed to and at the price offered. In turn, the tenderer must pay the agreed price on the agreed deadline.

What is tendering?

Tendering is the process of making an offer, bid or proposal. It can also be expressing interest in response to an invitation or request for tender. Organisations will seek other businesses to respond to a particular need, such as the supply of goods and services and will select an offer or tender that meets their needs and that provides the best value for money.

Where are tender requirements stated?

The requirements of a tender are stated in the Requests for Tender (RTF) or Requests for Proposal (RFP) documents. In these documents, the service or products the particular tendering organisation needs or requires are outlined. These documents also outline the criteria and provide instructions that are to be followed.

Tenders are usually widely advertised in both print and electronic publications. This is to allow as many people as possible to take note of the opportunity. It also stimulates competition and provides wide variety of choice. Interested suppliers will then prepare a tender response to the offer, including pricing, schedules as well as their eligibility for the project.

Once the tendering period has closed, the submitted tender responses are evaluated with regard to defined criteria. The process must be done fairly and honestly, free from bias or favoritism. The offer that best meets all of the requirements and provides value for money should win the contract.

While the concept of tendering may seem daunting at first, it can be easily tackled by having a plan of ‘action`. It is important to understand your business` suitability for the project and ability to manage the contract if you win the tender. By understanding these points and demonstrating that you are able to meet the criteria and offer a competitive bid, you will increase your chances of success.

How are tenders awarded?

After the closing date, all the tenders are checked for basic compliance to the tender regulations. Tenders can be disqualified during this process if they are found to be non-compliance. The compliance of the products or services offered and price is considered. All tenders which comply with the specifications are listed in order of price. Those in the lowest price tender list are in the lowest price group. Preference points given to those suppliers on the list of lowest price tenders are first verified. Preference points are only awarded after the most expensive tenders have been excluded, as this makes the process quicker and fairer. Those with verifiable information come out with the best preference points and are therefore awarded the contract.

The above formulate what tenders are and if you understand these, then you are in the best position to bid for a tender.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Implementation evaluation of corporate governance in South Africa’s State Owned Enterprises (SOE’s) 2018-12-07 12:00 DPME 11/ 2018- 2019
Repairs to ceiling boards, gutters, floors, fascia boards, wall, tiles and paintwork at DOT cost centre office, Eshowe 2018-12-14 11:00 ZNTU 03429 W3
Supply and delivery of ten (10) laptops equivalent to lenovo thinkpad T580 2018-12-14 11:00 ZNQ 18/ 19/ 0017/ NCR
Dundee Regional Laundry: Refurbishment, Service Equipment and Procurement of New Equipment. 2018-12-14 11:00 WIMS 068237- ZNTL 03894W
Supply and delivery of twenty (20) of all-in-one desktops equivalent to Lenovo think centre M910z. Contract period: 01 month. 2018-12-14 11:00 ZNQ 18/ 19/ 0016/ NCR
Appointment of a Mult-Disciplinary Entity to Provide Professional Services to Undertake the Assessment and Upgrading of the Central Air Conditioning System at St. Aidans Hospital 2018-12-14 11:00 WIMS 063141
The Department of Local Government (DLG) requires a Service Provider to provide the Municipal Minimum Competency (MMC) Training programme to identified officials. 2018-12-14 11:00 LG 01/ 2018/ 2019
Training of 100 beneficiaries in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Assistant Skills Programme NQF L2. 2018-11-23 11:00 T/ 37/ 18 Skill VMRA
The appointment of the service provider to develop an Environmental Management Framework (EMF) for the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas World Heritage Site (CFRPA WHS) for the period of eighteen months. 2018-12-07 11:00 E 1489
False Bay College: All Campuses: Supply & Delivery of IT Workstations and Peripheral Devices 2018-12-07 11:00 FBC T12/ 2018
Sibasa SAPS Training Centre: Repairs to Training Centre 2018-12-11 11:00 PLK18/ 43
SAPS: Grassy Park Police Station: Upgrading of Stormwater Drainage 2018-12-07 11:00 CPT 1014/ 18
The appointment of the service provider to assist the Waste Bureau with the identification and securing of site, development of a business plan, and management of the setting-up; equipping; operating; training of beneficiaries and handover of the Pilot Construction and Demolition Waste Crushing and Block Manufacturing Facility. 2018-12-07 12:00 E 1490
Service and maintenance of standby and base load generators for 24 months. 2018-12-07 11:00 KIM- 1018/ 107452
Invitation of service providers for monitoring and evaluation of Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) Training and Development Intervention Programmes for a period of three (3) years 2018-12-07 11:00 GT/ GDE/ 160/ 2018
Outsource for the Service Providers for a Forensic Investigation of the Repair and Maintenance Project at 11 Military Hospital for Defence Inspectorate Division (DACAF). 2018-12-14 11:00 CPSC- B- G- 161- 2018
Midlands Region: Department Of Basic Education: Umzinyathi District ( Msinga) Umbonje High School: Sanitation Programme Phase II 2018-12-18 11:00 ZNTL 02899 W
Midlands Region: Department Of Basic Education: Umzinyathi District ( Msinga) Mhlangezulu Secondary School: Sanitation Programme Phase II 2018-12-18 11:00 ZNTL 03804 W
Midlands Region: Department of Basic Education: Umzinyathi District ( Msinga) Asibambisane Primary School: Sanitation Programme Phase II 2018-12-18 11:00 ZNTL 03089 W
Appointment of Professional Services Providers for development of 5-year reliable water and sanitation services delivery plan (Phase1) – Situational Assessment Review and Phase 2 – Development) for Ilembe DM. 2018-12-07 11:00 MISA/ DWSS/ IDM/ 043/ 2018

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Advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums

Consortiums are often considered as entities to use when responding to tenders in South Africa. The question that arises is whether to use a Consortium or a Joint Venture when responding to a tender. To help you with this we have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages for both Consortiums as well as Joint Ventures. In this article we list the advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums. Look out for the same article on Joint Ventures.

Consortiums Advantages:

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