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Thursday, January 31, 2019

10 things to remember when you tender

By Werner van Rooyen

31 January 2019

There are many things that you as a small business owner must remember when you respond to a tender and sometimes responding to a tender can be overwhelming. Experience has taught me that there are some important things to remember when responding to a Tender and there are some less important things to remember when responding to a Tender.

Here are ten of the important things to remember when responding to a Tender. Please remember that all ten of these items mention here are equal important and that is applicable to Public as well as Private Sector Tenders.

Top ten tips:

  1. Attend the briefing sessions. The briefing sessions are the place where you find out the what, why and how of responding to a Tender. You can also check out your competition at the briefing session.
  2. Read the tender document carefully and thoroughly. Each tender document is different. Make sure you read every last word so that you respond correctly the specific tender.
  3. Be on time! Ensure that you deliver your tender response on time. If you are late with your tender response you are going to be disqualified.
  4.  Use an index in your tender response. The Evaluation Committee members do not want to page around struggling to find specific information in your tender response.
  5. All prices should normally include VAT at 15%.
  6. Complete all the documents, especially those in the Public Sector Tenders. If you fail to complete all the Standard Bidding Documents your tender can be disqualified.
  7. Initial each and every page of the tender document that you have received from the Organ of State or the Private Company. By initialling each page you indicate that you have read its contents and that you are familiar with the contents of each page.
  8. Ensure that you attach all the necessary compulsory documents. Your tender response maybe disqualified if you forget to attach a tax clearance certificate or the ID’s of the company directors and so on.
  9. Keep your compulsory documents such as your tax clearance, B-BBEE and municipal accounts up to date. Old documentation will not work and your tender response will be disqualified.
  10. Keep your tender response need and tidy. Bind the whole document into one if it is at all possible – this way you know that the Evaluation Committee will not misplace part of your tender response.

I hope that these 10 tips on the tender process and your response to it will help you to land that big tender that will take your business to the next level.

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 www.howtotender.co.za. Please contact Estelle at Estelle@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
RFI Tests At Large Anechoic Chambers 2019-11-08 11:00 NRF SARAO RFI 001 2019
Appointment of a panel of service providers that will provide printing services to NRF|SAASTA for a period of 36 months (3 years) 2019-11-15 11:00 NRF/ SAASTA/ 07/ 2019- 2020
Request For Proposals: Appointment of a Suitable Service Provider to Implement The Women Empowerment Programme for a period of two (02) years 2019-11-08 11:00 NHBRC 20/ 2019
The objective of this tender is to procure an Internal Audit Services for three (3) years 2019-11-07 12:00 RFP008/ 2019
Supply, Delivery, Registration of Fleet and Installation of Vehicle Tracking System for a Period of Three Years 2019-10-31 11:00 LNW 17/ 19/ 20
Provision of Vehicle Tracking Services for a Period of Three Years (Rental Basis) 2019-10-31 11:00 LNW 28/ 18/ 19
The Development of Standard Operating Procedures for Supply Chain Management, Human Resources Management and Policy Development 2019-11-08 11:00 GT/ OoP/ 068/ 2019
Request for proposals for appointment of a service provider to offer Capacity Building Programme on Business Financial Literacy to SMMEs in all nine provinces. 2019-11-11 11:00 NDT0030/ 19
The Department of The Premier Wishes to Invite Suitably Qualified Service Providers to Conduct Comprehensive Lifestyle Audits and Analysis of Business Interests of The 11 Members of The Executive Council (Cabinet) and Their Spouses’/ Life Partners 2019-11-08 11:00 FMA 0009- 2019/ 20
Appointment of a Service Provider for the Feasibility Study, Complete Design and Construction Monitoring for Makhathini Cotton GIN at Jozini Local Municipality within Umkhanyakude District Municipality In KwaZuluNatal 2019-11-08 11:00 SS- KZN 7/ 1/ 6/ 3 (725) 000R
Appointment of a Professional Service Provider in Consortium / Multi-Disciplinary Consisting of Architectural, Civil and Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Quantity Surveying Services for the Project: Development of Infrastructure and External Services for Carmel Estate Farmer Production Support Unit (FPSU) in Mogale City Local Municipality, West Rand District In Gauteng Province. 2019-11-11 11:00 5/ 2/ 2/ 1 CRDP- 0002 (2019/ 2020)
Appointment of a service provider to undertake impact assessment and awareness drive of the Public Works and Infrastructure green building policy. 2019-11-12 11:00 H19/ 003GS
Professional Services for the detail Assessment,rehabilitation design,contract documentation and site supervision of respective bridges in the Vereeniging and Benoni regions within the Gauteng province. 2019-11-18 11:00 DRT 19/ 02/ 2019
Construction of Road K46 (P79/1) Phase 2 Between Pwv 5 and N14 (P158/2) (Diepsloot) 2019-11-19 11:00 DRT 17/ 12/ 2018
Land Ports of Entry: Oshoek, Nerston, Waverly and Josefsdal: Appointment of a service provider/s for the maintenance and repairs of building, civil, mechanical,electrical infrastructure and installations at the four Ports of Entry for a period of 36 months 2019-11-12 11:00 H19/ 021 AI
Appointment of a Contractor for Land Ports Of Entry: Kopfontein, Swarkopfontein and Derdepoort: Appointment of a service provider for the maintenance and repairs of building, civil, mechanical, electrical infrastructure and installations for a period of 36 months 2019-11-11 11:00 H 19/ 022 AI
Western Cape: Dept of Justice & Constitutional Development: Magistrate’s Offices: Install boreholes, water tanks and pumps: Multi disciplinary Consultant: Civil, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer 2019-11-08 11:00 CPTC007/ 19
Appointment of a service provider to render security service for period of 12 months. 2019-11-18 12:00 SCC 78/ 2019
Appointment of an OEM Accredited Kofax Service Provider (S) for the Implementation, Maintenance and Support of Kofax Scanning Solution for a period of three (3) Years 2019-11-15 11:00 RFB 2019 09
Supply and delivery of 111 units x 8 seater stainless steel top dining room tables with epoxy powder coated mild steel tube fixed chairs: Ekuhlengeni Hospital 2019-11-07 11:00 ZNB 9563/ 2019- H

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The 8 steps in the Tender Adjudication process

By W van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

It is important to understand the Adjudication process when one responds to a Tender or Request for Proposal. If you have these 8 steps under control when responding to tenders, changes are good that you will proceed to the next round.

Here are 8 steps in the adjudication process that Organs of State will most often follow in determining which bidder will win the tender:

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