Issue Date: 
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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

Follow the instructions in the bid document to register your interest with the purchasing agency. This important step will help keep you up to date on any bid information sessions.

2.    Attend briefing sessions

If you registered through a bid website, monitor the website for updates about bids. Attend any bid briefing sessions offered. These are valuable opportunities to ask questions and make contact with Organs of State. They may also give you a chance to meet potential subcontractors or make contacts that could participate in a consortium. Organs of State are also usually under no obligation to otherwise make available copies of information, presentations, etc., that may be given at a briefing sessions.

3.    Develop your bid response strategy

If you are bidding for a high-value bid, plan your bid carefully and consider the requirements and resources involved. For example, ask yourself:

a.    How much will it cost to prepare the bid?

b.    What information do we need to gather?

c.    What resources will we need to fulfil the contract?

d.    Who will manage the bid project?

e.    How will we plan the workload, assign the work required, schedule the meetings?

f.    Who is our competition and what are our chances of winning?

g.    What is our plan for marketing our products and services and pitching our business?

4.    Review recent awarded contracts

If you are unclear about any requirements in the bid request, contact the bid coordinator to seek clarification. What type of companies won similar bids in the past? What does the contracting Organ of State look for? What can you do to match their expectations?

5.    Write a compelling bid

Prepare your bid response. This includes planning, drafting and refining it. Make sure that you use the response forms provided and answer all questions. Stick to any word/page limits that there may be, and (as a general rule) do not go altering things like fonts and font sizes and numbering unless expressly permitted. Be clear about your structure and propositions. Decide on several key propositions you can use to set your bid apart from others. Review the evaluation criteria to gain a better understanding of what things the government agency is particularly looking for and will be evaluating your offer against. If you are not a strong writer, think about engaging a professional (a range of businesses offer bid writing services).

6.    Understand the payment terms

When putting together your bid response, make sure you are aware of the payment schedule specified. Organ of State payment schedules will vary from entity to entity and procurement to procurement. You may not get paid as soon as the job is finished or goods are delivered. If you require payment different to that specified, you should detail this in your offer.

7.    Provide References

Provide References who know your business and can attest to your work.

Give your References clear information about the bid request so they know what points to emphasise in their reference. If you have previously supplied goods or services to an Organ of State, ask them for a reference.

8.    Check and submit your bid

Make sure you check your proposal carefully before submitting it. Use a checklist to make sure your bid meets all the requirements (some bids will include a checklist that you can also use).

9.    Present your bid

Bid panels responsible for high-value contracts may request a formal presentation from bidders. If you need to present your offer to an evaluation panel, stay focused on the key messages in your proposal. Most importantly, prepare. Plan your presentation carefully, rehearse and, if you don't feel you're a strong presenter, get some coaching in presentation skills.

10.    Request a debriefing

You can request a debriefing on the bid after the process, especially if your bid is unsuccessful. Feedback from the evaluation committee can be extremely useful in understanding how your offering can be improved and can assist you in preparing for your next bid. Look for ways to improve your next bid.

To learn more about this and many other bid conditions please attend one of our HowtoTender workshops. For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at


Title Closing Date Tender No.
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Routine Road Maintenance of National Route R40 from Maruleng Border to R71, R71 from Greater Tzaneen Border to Phalaborwa Kruger Park Gate and R526 from Maruleng Border to Gravelotte 2019-03-19 14:00 NRA X.002- 121- 2019/ 1F
Replace and install new alluminium silver windows for “A” ward 2019-03-05 11:00 ZNQ 945/ 18
Urgent remove sewer cast iron pipes and replace with pvc sewer pipes at G.J. Crookes Hospital under base labour ward and a ward 2019-03-05 11:00 ZNQ 940/ 18
Paint interior and exterior of all building at Dududu Clinic 2019-03-05 11:00 ZNQ 941/ 18
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Routine Road Maintenance of National Route R36 from Greater Tubatse Border to Greater Tzaneen Border, R40 from Mpumalanga Border to Ba-Phalaborwa Border, R526 from Mica to Ba-Phalaborwa Border and R531 from R40 to Orpen Kruger Gate 2019-03-19 14:00 NRA X.002- 120- 2019/ 1F
Bid No -RE/02/2019. Minimum CIDB 4GB. Closing on March 2019 @ 12h00 2019-03-18 12:00 RE/ 02/ 2019
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Routine Road Maintenance of National Route R101 from Mogalakwena Municipal Border to Polokwane, R37 from Polokwane to Lepelle-Nkumpi Municipal Border, R71 from Polokwane to Greater Tzaneen Municipal Border, R81 from Polokwane to Molemole Municipal Border and N1 from Mogalakwena Municipal Border to Molemole Municipal Border 2019-03-19 14:00 NRA X.002- 087- 2019/ 1F (NONTOLL),
Procurement of Licence Renewal of Mimecast for KZN Department of Treasury 2019-03-15 11:00 RFB 1874/ 2018
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Routine Road Maintenance of National Route R510 from Lephalale to Monte Christo, R572 from Monte Christo to Tom Burke, R518 from Lephalale to Mogalakwena Municipal Boundary and N11 From Blouberg Municipal Boundary to Groblersbrug Border Post 2019-03-19 14:00 NRA X.002- 085- 2019/ 1F
Port Elizabeth & surrounding areas: Term contract for maintenance, repairs & servicing of airconditioning equipment. 2019-03-19 11:00 PET03/ 2019
Appointment of a service provider for the evaluation, due diligence and monitoring of Discretionary Grants until 31st March 2019 2019-03-08 11:00 RFP/ SASSETA/ 201819127/ 2
Port Elizabeth & surrounding areas: Term contract for maintenance, repairs & servicing of refrigeration equipment. 2019-03-19 11:00 PET02/ 2019
Appointment of a Service Provider to undertake Business Process Analysis, Development and Improvement for SASSETA 2019-03-08 11:45 RFP/ SASSETA/ 201819126/ 1
East London & surrounding areas: follow- on contract for maintenance of mechanical equipment for state owned buildings. (mechanical engineering services) 2019-03-19 11:00 PET05/ 2019
Supply, Delivery, Installation, Configuration maintenance of PABX and Call Centre Management Solution for a period of 12 months with an option to renew 2019-03-15 11:00 RFP/ SASSETA/ 201819129/ 1
Appointment of a service provider for the provision of provident fund for PSETA 2019-03-25 11:00 PROVIDENT/ PSETA/ 2019- 02
Port Elizabeth Regional Office: Follow-on contract for maintenance of passenger and goods lifts. (electrical engineering services & machanical engineering services) 2019-03-19 11:00 PET04/ 2019
Kakamas: Construction of New School at Cillie Primary School. CIDB GRADING: 8GB or Higher. 2019-03-25 11:00 DRPW 019/ 2018
Pretoria: Procurement of Office Accommodation of 2275 square meters and 85 parking bays usage by the Department of Trade and Industry for a period of 5 years in Centurion CBD or the outskirts of the CBD 2019-03-19 11:00 Pt18/ 082
Pretoria: Leasing of Office Accommodation of 4295.45 square meters and 216 parking bays for period of 9 years and 11 months in Arcadia, Brooklyn and Hatfield 2019-03-19 11:00 PT18/ 080


5 ways to find available tenders

By W van Rooyen

31 January 2019

We often get asked by business owners where can they find tenders that are currently available. Although we are not in the business of finding available tenders, our Tender Manual does have a chapter that deals with finding available tenders.

Due to the high demand for this I have decided to advise you on five different ways to find available tenders.

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