Cancelation of Government Tenders

Many who have responded to Government tenders have been disappointed when a tender is cancelled. Many days and nights’ worth of effort is wasted when the bad news is received.

The question is – do Government entities have the right to cancel tenders?

Government entities do have the authority to cancel a tender before it has been awarded. Regulation 12 stipulates that a tender can be cancelled –

What is my chance of winning a tender?

What is my chance of winning a tender? This question gets ask many times. The problem is that there is no straight forward answer. People expect us to say “your chances are 50% or 60%” or whatever the case might be.  But the real answer is much more complex than a simple percentage.

It is imperative for all potential bidders to familiarize themselves with the tender process in South Africa. There are procedures that need to be followed by Government Entities when they issue a request for quotation or competitive bid (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.

Compiling your tender response

When responding to Private as well as Private Sector tenders, experience has taught that the system and steps explained below have worked the best. These are simple and easy to replicate and worth following when compiling your tender response.

1. In a normal tender response (not electronic), it is important to compile your tender documents in a neat, legible manner;

2. A well printed cover page gives the tender response a professional impression;

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.

Understanding the Tender Process

By Werner van Rooyen

3 March 2014

Sometimes I am surprised at how little business people in South Africa know about tenders and the tender process. Simple things like terminology and general tender information seem difficult to comprehend, not to mention the standard bidding documents and tender pricing.

Submitting your tender

By Werner van Rooyen

2 June 2014

After our recent tender workshop: How to complete a tender, we realized that there are still people that struggle with submitting a completed tender document.

Underneath are tips on submitting your tender response. Ensure that you follow these guidelines when you submit your tender response.

Policies & Procedures - Tenders

By Werner van Rooyen

17 June 2014

Last week I had a look at an Eskom tender. In it was a section pertaining to Policies and Procedures. It made me wonder how many SMME’s have got Policies and Procedures in place. The problem with Policies and Procedures is that it sounds much more complicated than it actually is.

Must my business be registered in order to tender?

By Werner van Rooyen

1 September 2014


Title Closing Date Tender No.
Request for Bid for Travel Management Services for the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) for the period of 36 months. 2018-04-23 11:00 RFB 033/ 2017- 18
Bloemfontein SAPS (PSS) VIP Protection Unit: Alternative Office Accommodation and Parking Facilities: 2257.34m2 and 48 Parking Bays. 2018-04-10 11:00 BL17/ 027
Supply, installation, and delivery of a Storage Allocated Network (SAN) unit. 2018-04-04 12:00 IRBA002/ 2018
Appointment of a service provider for the development of language items for an e-assessment system for intermediate phase (Grade 4 and 6). 2018-04-13 11:00 HSRC/ 10/ 2017/ 18
Appointment of Service Providers to Render Comprehensive Hygiene Services for the period of three (3) years. 2018-04-13 11:00 HSRC/ 04/ 2017/ 18
Provision of a high quality courier service to the Human Sciences Research Council (SRC) offices, nationally and internationally for a period of 36 months. 2018-04-13 11:00 HSRC/ 07/ 2017/ 18
Supply and Installation of Manhole Grids for a period of three (3) years: Five Regions in the Gauteng Province. 2018-04-16 11:00 DRT 44/ 11/ 2017
King Williams Town & Surrounding area: Term contract for operation & maintenance of water care facilities. 2018-04-10 11:00 PET05/ 2018
Port Elizabeth & surrounding area: Term contract for operation & maintenance of water care facilities. 2018-04-10 11:00 PET02/ 2018
Provision of security guarding services in state houses & buildings, (access control & guarding). From Monday to Friday, including weekends & public holidays for a period of twelve (12) months. 2018-04-10 11:00 PES01/ 2018
Tsitsikama & surrounding area: Term contract for operation & maintenance of water care facilities. 2018-04-10 11:00 PET04/ 2018
Middelburg & surrounding area: Term contract for operation & maintenance of water care facilities. 2018-04-10 11:00 PET03/ 2018
Zwelitsha Provincial SAPS Commissioner office: Installation of air conditioners. 2018-04-10 11:00 PE05/ 2018
Research to determine the policy statement to inform the review of the Built Environment Professions legislation (CBE Act 2000 and Six Professions Acts). 2018-04-09 11:00 HP 17/ 025
Pretoria: Procurement of Office Accommodation of 3 414.57 square meters and 48 parking bays usage by the SAPS for a period of 5 years preferably in Rosslyn (Akasis) CBD within 3 KM North-West and South-West of current Akasia Police Station 2018-04-17 11:00 PT18/ 012
Property Management Service for Department of Infrastructure Development for a period of three years. 2018-04-20 11:00 RFP 07/ 03/ 2018
Appointment of Consultants/Professional Services for construction of the following buildings: Media Centre and Wellness Centre. 2018-04-19 11:00 EEC/ T01/ 2018
Installation for new six medical gas and six new medical air points for NICU. 2018-03-27 11:00 ZNQ 06/ 03/ 2017
Servicing of fire fighting equipment at resource centre, Estcourt Mortuary, Ladysmith Mortuary and all Uthukela EMS bases. 2018-03-26 11:00 12 / 17- 18
Appointment of a service provider for leasing of high speed printing machines to Northern Cape Department of Education for a period of five (5) years. 2018-04-06 11:00 2018-04-06 at 11:00


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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