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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.
Moletjie East RWS- Phase 13 2019-04-23 10:00 PM113/2018
Appointment of Seven (07) Service Providers for Routine Road Maintenance per Cluster in Polokwane Municipal Area Plus Two (02) Backup Service Providers for all clusters (Multi Year)(3 YEARS) 2019-04-24 10:00 PM118/2018
Appointment of Seven (07) Service Providers for Regravelling of Roads per Cluster in Polokwane Municipal Area Plus Two (02) Backup Service Providers for all clusters (Multi Year)(3 YEARS) 2019-04-24 10:00 PM119/2018
Transport of Green Waste from Sedgefield to Old Place Garden Refuse Site 2019-03-26 12:00 371/2018/19
Provision of accredited contract administration and management training for the municipal environment 2019-03-26 12:00 369/2018/2019
Preferred service providers for technical services (specialised bulk water systems) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 70/ 19
Preferred service providers for technical services (electrical low voltage reticulations) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 115/ 19
Preferred service providers for technical services (emergency power (generators and UPS’s)) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 122/ 19
Preferred service providers for technical services (plumbing) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd. 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 113/ 19
Preferred service providers for technical services (electrical medium voltage reticulations) for COEGA Development Corporation (PTY) Ltd (CDC) 2019-04-08 12:00 CDC/ 67/ 19
Call for expression of interest: Supply and delivery of perishable provisions and groceries, pest control services and disposal of waste food at seven (7) management areas 2019-03-29 11:00 REFERENCE NUMBER 1/ 2019
Outright purchase or placement for cassette printers with 2D barcode scanners for the anatomical pathology laboratory, Charlotte Maxeke Hospital for a period of five (5) years. 2019-04-04 11:00 RFB 165/ 18/ 19
Placement and maintenance of fully automated fluorescent slide processor and fluorescent microscope for a period of five(5) years at Tswane Hospital 2019-04-05 11:00 RFB 166/ 18/ 19
Placement and maintenance of Luminex immune based system of tissue typing and antibody screen for a period of five(5) years at Tswane hospital 2019-04-05 11:00 RFB 167/ 18/ 19
Procure a pathogen identification system for public health laboratory, infection services laboratory for a period of five (5) years at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital 2019-04-04 11:00 RFB 160/ 18/ 19
Bid for the supply and delivery of theatre consumables to all hospitals/institutions under the control of the Department of Health, Western Cape Government for a three year period 2019-04-12 11:00 WCGHCC041/ 2018
Supply and delivery of one optical fibre reflectometer to characterise optical fibre networks and photonic subsystems used for radio astronomy applications including all test peripherals required by the reflectometer, calibration, and routine servicing support. The contract is for a period of five years 2019-04-05 11:00 NRF SARAO SKRF 001 2019
(Re-advertisement) Supply, delivery and commissioning of electrical equipment and panels for NQF level 3, 4 & trade test 2019-04-12 11:00 LEPTVETCOL2019/ 001
Supply, delivery, installation, commissioning and training of a variable energy 70MEV H- cyclotron and associated beam lines for isotope production and the provision of spare parts at iThemba Labs, Cape Town, South Africa. 2019-05-10 11:00 NRF/ iThemba LABS/ 2019 - 20: 01
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the appointment of a Service Provider for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Special Maintenance of Structures and Drainage on an ad-hoc basis on the National Route network in the Western and Northern Cape. 2019-04-12 14:00 X005- 021- 2018/ 1F

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5 ways to find available tenders

By W van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

We often get asked by business owners where can they find tenders that are currently available. Although we are not in the business of finding available tenders, our Tender Manual does have a chapter that deals with finding available tenders.

Due to the high demand for this I have decided to advise you on five different ways to find available tenders.

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