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.
Appointment of a Maximum of Three (03) Contractors for Upgrading of Various Municipal Buildings and Facilities at Service Centre (Magasyn), Middelburg 2018-10-16 12:00 BS40/08/2018
Panel of service providers to provide Silviculture for a period of three years. 2018-10-19 12:00 RFB105/2018
Supply and Deliver Toilet Ablution Container Nasaret Cemetery, Middelburg 2018-10-16 12:00 BS01/09/2016
Data cleansing and debtors collection. 2018-10-19 12:00 T2018/09/18/DCDC
Supply, Deliver and Install 26 Doors at the Community Halls in Middelburg 2018-10-16 12:00 BS 02/09/2018
Supply, delivery and installation of finger jointing mechanised planer for Timbadola Sawmill. 2018-10-19 12:00 RFB 104/2018
Supply and delivery of RG12 MK2 (Nyala) multi-purpose armoured personnel carriers for the City of Cape Town. 2018-10-22 10:00 85G/2018/19
Travel, accommodation and conference services. 2018-10-22 11:00 ARC/11/09/18
Supply: Hp 37a black original laserjet toner car 2018-09-27 11:00 GM11900254
Supply and deliver New Control Centre Workstations for Emergency Services. 2018-09-28 12:00 Q18.09.18
Supply: Gcb fusion laminator a3 max. 2018-09-27 11:00 GM11900255
Request for Proposals to Package 5- Minute Series or Stand alone Packages of Radio Features on Rise Fm,94.3 for a Period of 6 (Six) months 2018-09-28 12:00 Q15.09.18
Supply: Hardware items 2018-10-02 12:00 GG11900516
Request For Proposals to Package 5 Minute Series Or Stand Alone Packages of Radio Features on Greater Middelburg and Emalahleni Fm for a period of six (06) months 2018-09-28 12:00 Q16.09.18
Supply: Medical supplies 2018-10-01 15:00 GF11900250
Request for Proposals to Package 5-Minute Series or Stand Alone Packages of Radio Features on Radio Kragbron,93.1 Fm and Kosmos Sterio, 99.3 Fm for a period of Six (06) months 2018-09-28 12:00 Q17.09.18
Supply and delivery of projectors. 2018-10-02 11:00 GK11900122
Supply and Delivery of Guardrail 2018-09-28 12:00 Q14.09.18
Supply of Food for Standby Teams (as and when required) for Civil Engineering Services Employees 2018-09-28 12:00 Q19.09.18
Supply & delivery of LDV's to Kouga Municipality. 2018-10-22 12:00 169/2018

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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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