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.
Professional service provider to render cash collection services for a period of thirty six(36) months 2021-03-25 11:00 LNM003/2019/2020
Supply and delivery of Hand Held GPS for GIS data 2021-03-05 11:00 OLT1245730
Supply and delivery of an industrial video-scope 2021-03-25 12:00 2021/030
Appointment of civil engineering consultant and contractor for the upgrading of internal street from gravel to tar zone s ward 16 (turnkey project) 2021-03-30 11:00 LNM002/2020/21
Tarring of internal streets in Unit B 2021-03-31 11:00 LNM 001/2020/21
Training on mental illness / wellbeing management in the workplace 2021-03-08 11:00 No reference number
Proposals for the cost of supply study to determine electricity tariffs in accordance to National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) 2021-03-16 12:00 MKHO29/2020/21
Supply and delivery of ICT equipment 2021-03-26 11:00 LNM0034/2020/21
Metrorail Customer Services Uniform 2021-03-05 16:00 10319794
Professional service provider for provision of printing services for a period of 24 months 2021-03-29 11:00 LNM044/2020/21
Appointment of Service Provider to develop a Pricing Model for SENTECH’s Products and Services 2021-03-12 12:00 SENT/040/2020-21
Supply and delivery a trailer mounted high pressure drain cleaning jetter machine at facilities depot. 2021-03-01 12:00 JET-MACHINE/02/2021
Provision of satelite systems (VSAT) and LAN network system for Phelophepa trainset 1 & 2 for Salt River Coach Business and Covid-19 vaccination trainset for Koedoespoort Coach Business 2021-03-16 10:00 TE21-KLP-8HB-00135
Borehole drilling at Kaapmuiden 2021-03-01 12:00 BOREHOLE/03/2021
Procurement Of 2 Server For The Department Of Military Ombudsmen. 2021-03-02 11:00 RFQ 4034-AH-2020
Supply Installation and Integration of Wireless Communication System for Television & Radio Broadcast Facilities 2021-03-22 12:00 RFP/TVO/2021/2
supply and delivery of TSI pump Calibrators for Operation and maintenance of continuous ambient air quality Monitoring Station 2021-03-10 11:00 DPEMS-E60/2020/2021
Refurbishment of Sefako Makgato fire station 2021-03-15 11:00 COR-A57/2020/2021
Supply and delivery of class II type A2 biological safety cabinets for Forensic Pathology Service, Western Cape 2021-03-26 11:00 WCGHCC104/2020
Administration and management of disaster management volunteers 2021-03-26 11:00 COMM-D15/2020/2021 (Re-advert)

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