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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.
Discretionary Grant Advert 2nd Funding Window 2019/2020 2019-06-18 11:00 RFQ/ SASSETA/ 201920120
Cape Town: parliamentary precinct: official office accommodation: provide integrated facilities management services.(2019-2024) appointment of consultants: quantity serverying, electrical & mechanical engineers, civil & structural engineers, health and safety agent. 2019-06-14 11:00 CPTC 004/ 19
Appointment of Board Secretariat Services until 31 March 2020 2019-06-14 11:00 RFP/ SASSETA/ 201920113
Provisioning of Productivity Study/ Assessment and other related services to the RTMC 2019-06-18 11:00 RTMC BID 03/ 2019/ 20
Provision of Security services to the RTMC Midrand offices 2019-06-17 11:00 RTMC BID 01/ 2019/ 20
Cape Town: Provision of integrated facilities management services for parliamentary residential accommodation for a five year period (2019-2024): Appointment of consultants: quantity surveying, electrical & mechanical engineers, civil & structural engineers, health & safety agent. 2019-06-14 11:00 CPTC003/ 19
Appointment of a panel of service providers to provide fraud risk management services to the NYDA for a period of three (3) years. 2019-06-19 11:00 NYDA2019/ 01/ IA
Appointment of a Panel of Service Providers for the National Treasury to Source the Services of Editors for Publications for a period of three Years 2019-06-14 11:00 NT005- 2019
24 months term contract for transportation of members of parliament and sessional officials in the three parliamentary villages. 2019-06-14 11:00 CPTSC 01/ 19
Appointment of a Service Provider to Implement an On-Going Solution for The Management of Emolument Attachment Orders Granted Against Public Servants and a Capacity Building Programme for a Period of 24 Months 2019-06-14 11:00 NT004- 2019
Appointment of a Decor Service Provider for The World Economic Forum on Africa Mokete 2019 to Be Hosted at ICC In Cape Town. 2019-06-14 11:00 NT003- 2019
Repair and maintenance of Generators at Limpopo High Court for 24 months 2019-06-18 11:00 PLK19/ 07
Appointment of a service provider for rendering of co-sourced internal audit services for the National Lotteries Commission for a period of three (3) years 2019-06-26 11:00 NLC/ 2019- 10
Repair and maintenance of HVAC System at Limpopo High Court for 24 months 2019-06-18 11:00 PLK19/ 06
Appointment of Service provider for Events Management (Golden Shield Heritage Awards) 2019-06-26 11:00 NHC/ 01/ 2019/ 20
Repair and maintenance of lifts at Limpopo High Court for 24 months 2019-06-18 11:00 PLK19/ 05
Bloemfontein Sandf: Tempe 1 Sa Tank Regiment: Upgrading of Facility/ Infrastructure (Kitchen) and Replacement of Kitchen Equipment: (Architectural Services) 2019-06-18 11:00 BL19- 009
Bloemfontein Sandf: De Brug Mobilisation Centre: Upgrading of Facility/ Infrastructure (Kitchen) and Replacement of Kitchen Equipment: (Architectural Services) 2019-06-18 11:00 BL19- 010
Postmasburg Magistrate Court: Provisioning of cleaning services for 36 months. (1208.14m²) 2019-06-14 11:00 PF17/ 2019
Olifantshoek Magistrate Court: Provisioning of cleaning services for 36 months. (531.00m²) 2019-06-14 11:00 PF18/ 2019

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10 things to remember when you tender

By Werner van Rooyen

31 January 2019

There are many things that you as a small business owner must remember when you respond to a tender and sometimes responding to a tender can be overwhelming. Experience has taught me that there are some important things to remember when responding to a Tender and there are some less important things to remember when responding to a Tender.

Here are ten of the important things to remember when responding to a Tender. Please remember that all ten of these items mention here are equal... Read More

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