Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Understanding the Tender Process

By Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

It is imperative for all potential bidders that they familiarize themselves with the tender process in South Africa.  There are procedures that need to be followed by Organs of State when they issue a tender.  These procedures are governed by different Acts such as the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (Act no 5 of 2000) and the Public Finance Management Act (Act 1 of 1999 as amended by Act 296 of 1999), to name but two.

Most of the Organs of State that issue tenders follow these procedures to the letter, but there are some Organs of State that do not follow all the procedures.  The reasons for this can be many but the main reason is that not all the procedures listed in the Acts are applicable to the specific tender or bid that has been issued.  It is therefore especially important that you as potential bidder ensure that:

  • You attend the briefing session
  • You read the whole tender document because all tenders are different
  • You make sure you take note of the closing date of the tender
  • You have completed all the documents in the bid document.

It must be stressed that the tender environment is incredibly competitive and if you submit incorrect tender documents or if your tender is incomplete, your tender will be viewed as non-responsive and would not be evaluated.  Thus, make sure you understand exactly what is expected from you as bidder in terms of goods supplied or services rendered to an Organ of State.  It is important to deliver the exact goods the Organ of State want to procure.  If the Organ of State wants to procure office furniture, ensure that you supply them office furniture and not something that looks like office furniture but is not.  The specifications of your product listed in your tender must be clear and precise.  The Supply Chain Management must be able to make an informative decision regarding your supply.  So, ensure that you understand what is required.

If you understand the tender process and you specify your supply correctly and you make sure your tender is delivered on time, then you will have a good chance that your tender will reach the evaluation process.  If you make it through the evaluation process you are in business because it is then up to the Adjudication Committee to award the tender to the best candidate.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.  Book and pay online at https://howtotender.co.za/tender-expert-form/

Contact us at wernervr@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.

You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website https://howtotender.co.za/ which is a step by step guide how to respond to a South African Tender.  It includes examples of completed SBD forms.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Provision of Open Source Learner Management Service for a period of 36 Months 2020-03-06 11:00 NEMISA/ 2019/ LMSRFB010
The Appointment of a service provider to conduct a feasibility study towards the development of a monumental flag and flag pole. 2020-03-13 11:00 DAC 14/ 19- 20
Appointment of service provider to supply and deliver 5 ton truck for Clanso Farmer Production Support Unit (FPSU) located in ward 18,24,27, and 28 in the Umhlathuze Local Municipality within King Cetshwayo District Municipality in the province of Kwazulu-Natal 2020-03-12 11:00 SS- KZN 7/ 1/ 6/ 3 (753) 3T
Appointment of an HR consultancy firm to provide support to the CETA Administrator 2020-03-06 11:00 016- 2019/ 2020
Procurement of alternative accommodation for the Department of Public Enterprises (lettable office space of 12 144.34sqm and 228 parking bays for a period of 5 years) in Pretoria CBD, Arcadia, Hatfield 2020-03-13 11:00 H19/ 015PF
Procurement of alternative accommodation for the Department of Correctional Services - JICS (lettable office space of 497.73sqm and 12 parking bays for a period of 3 years 2020-03-13 11:00 H19/ 016PF
Appointment of a service provider to render technical security maintenance of KZN Legislature’s security systems infrastructure for a period of 36 months 2020-03-16 11:00 KZNL 01/ 2020
ZNT 02975W: KZN: Department of Community Safety and Liaison : Durban West Office: Pinetown: Proposed hire of office accommodation in extent of 242m2 four (04) lock up three (03) under cover and one (01) parking bay for disabled person. 2020-03-20 11:00 ZNT 02975W
Appointment of a Service Provider to Render Cleaning Services for the Housing Development Agency Head Office, 6 – 10 Riveria Office Park, Riviera Road, Killarney 2020-03-13 11:00 HDA/ JHB/ 2019/ 022
ZNT 02976W KZN: Department of Community Safety and Liaison: ILembe District Office: Kwa Dukuza: Proposed hire of office accommodation in extent of 242m2 four (04) lock up three (03) under cover and one (01) parking bay for disabled person. 2020-03-20 11:00 ZNT 02976W
Rendering of Security Services at the Department of Labour, Mt Ayliff Labour Centre for a period of 36 months (3 years). 2020-03-27 11:00 LECS 16/ 2019
Rendering of Security Services at the Department of Labour, Maclear Labour Centre for a period of 36 months (3 years) 2020-03-27 11:00 LECS 10/ 2019
Appointment of a service provider to provide office space on a lease agreement for CCMA Ekurhuleni office within the Benoni and/ Germiston CBD area for a period of five (5) years. 2020-03-13 11:00 CCMA/ 2018/ 38(A)- EKU
Rendering of Security Services at the Department of Labour,Butterworth Labour Centre for a period of 36 months (3 years). 2020-03-27 11:00 LECS 11/ 2019
Rendering of Security Services at the Department of Labour, Lusikisiki Labour Centre, Flagstaff and Bizana Visiting Points for a period of 36 months (3 years). 2020-03-27 11:00 LECS 09/ 2019
Rendering of Security Services at the Department of Labour, Mthatha Labour Centre for a period of 36 months (3 years). 2020-03-27 11:00 LECS 08/ 2019
Limpopo Central Hospital - Supply Of Bulk Services to Site 2020-03-13 11:00 NDOHF 11/ 2019- 2020
Request For suitable office space for SITA Limpopo, Polokwane Office through an operating lease for a period of 5 years 2020-03-13 11:00 RFB 2078- 2019
Appointment of a service provider for the re-arrangement of the office layout at the Cecilia Makiwane building. 2020-03-23 11:30 SCM 05/2020/SANC
Appointment of a Service Provider to Provide Office Space for the HWSETA Cape Town Provincial Office for a period of five (5) years 2020-03-23 11:00 HWSETA0011/ 2020

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