10 steps in the bid process

Each year, Organs of State invite the Private Sector to submit competitive bids for the supply of goods and services. Organs of State bid requests attract SMME's and large businesses across a wide range of sectors - from office supplies to major construction projects.

Here is an overview of 10 steps you should take to prepare a competitive bid.

1.    Register your interest

Cancelation of Government Tenders

Many of you who have responded to Government tenders have been disappointed when a tender is cancelled. You have put in many days and nights' worth of effort just to receive the bad news the tender is cancelled.

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 13 of the Preferential Procurement Regulations, 2017 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 - should it be by people attending our How-to-Tender workshops or business owners making use of our tender consulting services.  The problem with the question 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. 

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

We have responded to many tenders, request for proposals, request for quotations and request for bids during the last five years. These responses to tenders were both for Private as well Public Sector Tenders. During this time we have found that the system and steps explained underneath, that we utilize in compiling our tender response, worked the best for us. These steps that we follow are simple and easy to replicate. We can certainly encourage our fellow tender responders to use the same system and steps when compiling your tender response.

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

www.how2tender.com

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

www.how2tender.com

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

www.how2tender.com

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.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Implementation evaluation of corporate governance in South Africa’s State Owned Enterprises (SOE’s) 2018-12-07 12:00 DPME 11/ 2018- 2019
Repairs to ceiling boards, gutters, floors, fascia boards, wall, tiles and paintwork at DOT cost centre office, Eshowe 2018-12-14 11:00 ZNTU 03429 W3
Supply and delivery of ten (10) laptops equivalent to lenovo thinkpad T580 2018-12-14 11:00 ZNQ 18/ 19/ 0017/ NCR
Dundee Regional Laundry: Refurbishment, Service Equipment and Procurement of New Equipment. 2018-12-14 11:00 WIMS 068237- ZNTL 03894W
Supply and delivery of twenty (20) of all-in-one desktops equivalent to Lenovo think centre M910z. Contract period: 01 month. 2018-12-14 11:00 ZNQ 18/ 19/ 0016/ NCR
Appointment of a Mult-Disciplinary Entity to Provide Professional Services to Undertake the Assessment and Upgrading of the Central Air Conditioning System at St. Aidans Hospital 2018-12-14 11:00 WIMS 063141
The Department of Local Government (DLG) requires a Service Provider to provide the Municipal Minimum Competency (MMC) Training programme to identified officials. 2018-12-14 11:00 LG 01/ 2018/ 2019
Training of 100 beneficiaries in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Assistant Skills Programme NQF L2. 2018-11-23 11:00 T/ 37/ 18 Skill VMRA
The appointment of the service provider to develop an Environmental Management Framework (EMF) for the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas World Heritage Site (CFRPA WHS) for the period of eighteen months. 2018-12-07 11:00 E 1489
False Bay College: All Campuses: Supply & Delivery of IT Workstations and Peripheral Devices 2018-12-07 11:00 FBC T12/ 2018
Sibasa SAPS Training Centre: Repairs to Training Centre 2018-12-11 11:00 PLK18/ 43
SAPS: Grassy Park Police Station: Upgrading of Stormwater Drainage 2018-12-07 11:00 CPT 1014/ 18
The appointment of the service provider to assist the Waste Bureau with the identification and securing of site, development of a business plan, and management of the setting-up; equipping; operating; training of beneficiaries and handover of the Pilot Construction and Demolition Waste Crushing and Block Manufacturing Facility. 2018-12-07 12:00 E 1490
Service and maintenance of standby and base load generators for 24 months. 2018-12-07 11:00 KIM- 1018/ 107452
Invitation of service providers for monitoring and evaluation of Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA) Training and Development Intervention Programmes for a period of three (3) years 2018-12-07 11:00 GT/ GDE/ 160/ 2018
Outsource for the Service Providers for a Forensic Investigation of the Repair and Maintenance Project at 11 Military Hospital for Defence Inspectorate Division (DACAF). 2018-12-14 11:00 CPSC- B- G- 161- 2018
Midlands Region: Department Of Basic Education: Umzinyathi District ( Msinga) Umbonje High School: Sanitation Programme Phase II 2018-12-18 11:00 ZNTL 02899 W
Midlands Region: Department Of Basic Education: Umzinyathi District ( Msinga) Mhlangezulu Secondary School: Sanitation Programme Phase II 2018-12-18 11:00 ZNTL 03804 W
Midlands Region: Department of Basic Education: Umzinyathi District ( Msinga) Asibambisane Primary School: Sanitation Programme Phase II 2018-12-18 11:00 ZNTL 03089 W
Appointment of Professional Services Providers for development of 5-year reliable water and sanitation services delivery plan (Phase1) – Situational Assessment Review and Phase 2 – Development) for Ilembe DM. 2018-12-07 11:00 MISA/ DWSS/ IDM/ 043/ 2018

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Advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums

Consortiums are often considered as entities to use when responding to tenders in South Africa. The question that arises is whether to use a Consortium or a Joint Venture when responding to a tender. To help you with this we have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages for both Consortiums as well as Joint Ventures. In this article we list the advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums. Look out for the same article on Joint Ventures.

Consortiums Advantages:

  • Easy to establish as there are no formal procedures... Read More
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