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.
Routine maintenance of the municipal ICT infrastructure & support provision as and when required for a period of 36 months (3 years). 2019-08-19 11:00 No reference number
Appointment of a panel of maximum 8 contractors for civil engineering works for a period of 36 months, on as and when required basis 2019-08-21 11:00 No reference number
Appointment of a panel of maximum 8 contractors for civil engineering works for a period of 36 months, on as and when required basis. 2019-08-22 11:00 No reference number
Consultancy Services On Integrated Monitoring And Evaluation Of Implementation Of Sharm El-Sheikh Commitments And Africa Water Vision 2025 Based On The Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) 2019-08-01 15:00 AUC/DREAC/066
Consultancy services for SAP bank communication management 2019-08-02 15:00 No reference number
Lease of The Hartenbos Sports Grounds 2019-07-19 12:00 117-18/19
Provision of Software Application for a Land Use Management System (Property Register, Valuations and Zoning Register) And Support Services 2019-07-26 12:00 114-18/19
Hire of Portable Chemical Flush Toilets 2019-08-02 12:00 121-18/19
Managing and Demolishing of informal Settlements within the Mossel Bay area 2019-08-02 12:00 123-18/19
Supply, delivery, fitment and balancing of tyres 2019-08-08 12:00 TDR-5/2019
Removal Of Sewer Sludge 2019-08-08 12:00 TDR-6/2019
Lease of Steel Containers For Beehive Purposes 2019-08-16 12:00 122-18/19
Sale, collect and remove of scrap metal at Wellington Waste Water Treatment. 2019-08-01 10:00 WEB 15: 2019/2020
Cleaning of Planning and Customer Services at Jan van Riebeeck Weg 15 (unit 6) for the period up to 31 December 2019. 2019-08-01 10:00 WEB 14: 2019/2020
Safe handling, collection, transportation and disposal of asbestos for the period up to 30 June 2020. 2019-08-01 10:00 WEB 13: 2019/2020
Pauper funerals in Drakenstein Area from August 2019 till 31 December 2019. 2019-08-01 10:00 WEB 3: 2019/2020 (Readvertise)
Appointment of a panel of a maximum 8 contractors for sanitation works for a period of 36 months, on as and when required basis 2019-08-22 11:00 No reference number
Supply & delivery of air conditioners in the Drakenstein Municipal Area for a period up to 30 June. 2019-08-01 10:00 WEB 12: 2019/2020
Supply & delivery of wooden bitumen poles for HT lines for a period up to 30 June 2020. 2019-08-01 10:00 WEB 11: 2019/2020
Tenders are invited for the Civil Designer Software Training as per Specifications available at SCM: Acquisitions, Harrower Road, Port Elizabeth, 2019-07-19 11:00 CSQ07191667

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Extension of validity period

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Those of you who are familiar with responding to tenders will know that it is common practice for procuring entities to extend the bid price validity period. We received the undermentioned queries regarding the extension of the validity period of the bid price.

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