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.
Appointment of accredited training service providers to manage the implementation of the food safety programme in the nine (9) provinces for a period of twelve (12) months. 2018-06-15 11:00 NDT0005/ 18
Supply and install new direction sign board for the following Clinics Under Appelsbosch Hospital Emambendwini Clinic 2018-06-01 11:00 ZNQ 81/ 2018
Appointment of a service provider to render hygiene services for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Head office at Centre Walk Building for a period of thirty – six 36 months. 2018-06-14 11:00 5/ 2/ 2/ 1- RDLR 0008(2018/ 2019)
Supply and install new direction sign board for the following Clinics Under Appelsbosch Hospital 2018-06-01 11:00 ZNQ 80/ 2018
Appointment of a service provider to upgrade, provide support and maintenance services for telephone management as well as switchboard systems at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform at the following Deeds Registries Offices: Vryburg, Kimberley, Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria Deeds Registry for a period of 24 months. 2018-06-18 11:00 DRDLR (CRD- 08) 2018/ 19
Supply and Delivery of Frozen Vegetables, to the three (3) Central Hospitals (Groote Schuur-, Tygerberg- and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospitals) on a twelve (12) month contract period with an option to extend the contract for a further twelve months based on performance 2018-06-22 11:00 RCCH02/ 2018
The Appointment of a Service Provider for the purchasing, delivery and commisioning of the Protein/Nitrogen Analyser in the analytical services north laboratory in Pretoria for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. 2018-06-08 11:00 4.4.12.2/ 7/ 18
Department of Defence: Lenz Military Base: DMRS: Replacement and upgrade of Civil Engineering Services: Procurement of Professional Services: Built Environment: Civil Engineering. 2018-06-19 11:00 JHB.18/ 01
Supply and Delivery of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, to the three (3) Central Hospitals (Groote Schuur-, Tygerberg- and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospitals) on a twelve (12) month contract period with an option to extend the contract for a further twelve months based on performance 2018-06-22 11:00 RCCH03/ 2018
Terms of Reference: For the appointment of human settlements Programme delivery facilitators for a period of thirty six (36) months. 2018-06-19 11:00 BID VA 49/ 605
Appointment of a Service Provider to Conduct the KZN Private Sector Procurement Analysis. 2018-06-27 11:00 ZNT 05 EDTEA 18/ 19
Hygiene service for Benedictine Hospital (2 year contract) 2018-06-08 11:00 ben02/ 2018- 2019
Appointment of a Service Provider to Conduct B-BBEE Verification for 14 Provincial Departments and 11 EDTEA Public Entities. 2018-06-27 11:00 ZNT 01 EDTEA 18/ 19
Adhesive support bandage 100mm x 4.5m stretched ( to bring sample ) 2018-05-25 11:00 ben04/ 2018- 2019
Appointment of a Service Provider for the Procurement of Protective Clothing. 2018-06-27 11:00 ZNT 18 EDTEA 17/ 18
Request for proposals: Production of corporate videos and audio for the African Union 2018-06-22 15:00 AUC/DIC/G/240
Service and Repair Five Diesel Tanks 2018-06-01 11:00 ZNQ0234/ 18/ 19
Appointment of a service provider for the Manufacture, Supply Delivery and Installation/Assembling of Infrastructure, Production inputs and Training requirements for Ant Fish Farm Cooperative, Mtubatuba, Umkhanyakude District KwaZulu Natal. 2018-06-27 11:00 ZNT 25 EDTEA 17/ 18
Appointment of a Service Provider for the Formulation of a KZN Automotive Strategy. 2018-06-27 11:00 ZNT 04 EDTEA 18/ 19
Annual service of Laundry equipment. 2018-06-15 11:00 H82/ 18/ 19

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Tender adjudication process

The SBD/WCBD6.1 document must form part of all bids invited.  It contains general information and serves as a claim form for preference points for Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment (B -BBEE) Status Level of Contribution, and explains how tenders or bids are decided.

The document says:

  • The bidder obtaining the highest number of points will be awarded the contract.
  • Preference points shall be calculated after prices have been brought to a comparative basis.
  • Points scored will be rounded off to two decimal places... Read More
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