Issue Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

3 Basic Tips to Remember When Responding to a Tender

When responding to tenders, whether it is Public or Private Sector, it is vital that your business makes a good impression by following these tips:

Do Your Research

Basically, a tender is an invitation to bidders to submit their proposal for a specified business need. The contract will be awarded to the bidder who can meet the need most closely and provide the best value for money. However, it’s important to remember that price is only one factor. So, read all the documents relating to the tender, attend any briefing or information sessions that are offered and make sure you understand the scope of work. If there are any uncertainties, have them clarified as early as possible.

If you have the opportunity, also research the Public or Private Sector Entity’s history, background, operations and any details about previous tenders. Another way to get a head start over the competition is to network and build relationships with the key decision makers prior to the bidding process.

Address all the Scope of Work

Every bidder will be evaluated against the tender criteria or functionality, so it’s important that you address them clearly and concisely. Make sure you also provide supporting proof if available, such as profit figures and other key performance indicators from similar projects you have worked on. Be careful about going too far, though. Providing too much information could overwhelm your potential client and create a negative impression.

This is your chance to prove that you are experienced, reliable, and confident that you can deliver on what’s required. It’s also your opportunity to differentiate yourself from the competition.

Review, review, review

Before you submit your tender, review it to make sure it’s complete and doesn’t contain any errors. Ask someone, other than the original responder, to read over the entire document at least once to double-check everything. Also, check that it meets the required format and style.

Many organisations – such as government agencies – can be very stringent with their deadlines, therefore it’s important that your tender response is submitted to the right person, at the right location, before the specified closing time and date. Compiling a comprehensive tender requires a lot of effort, but the payoff can be substantial should you win.  It’s always a wise strategy to put as much care and attention into your tenders as you would any other area of the business because if your tender responses are the best they can be, the odds are you’ll win the business.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of the How-to-Tender workshops on

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of a Maximum of two (2) Service Providers for the Supply, Delivery and Off-Loading of Lime and Sludge Thickening Polyelectrolyte as and when required for a period of thirty six (36) months 2018-04-19 12:00 BS12/02/2018
Consultants for the Investigation, Design, Supervision and Monitoring of Rietkuil Reservoir and Bulk Supply Pipe Lines in Steve Tshwete Local Municipality 2018-04-18 12:00 BS04/02/2018
Repair of light vehicle and trucks. 2018-04-18 11:00 67/2017/2018
Supply and delivery of cleaning chemicals, equipment and accessories. 2018-04-18 11:00 65/2017/2018
Supply and delivery of traffic road marking paints. 2018-04-18 11:00 77/2017/2018
Panel of Maximum Three (03) Mechanical Contractors to Provide Services for Repair and Maintenance of Plant and Equipment at the Water and Wastewater Treatment Works as and when required for a period of thirty six (36) months. 2018-04-24 12:00 BS06/02/2018
Supply, repair, fitting of tyres, wheel alignment and balancing. 2018-04-18 11:00 73/2017/2018
Supply and delivery of sanitary bins, air fresheners and dispensers. 2018-04-18 11:00 74/2017/2018
Supply and delivery of stationery. 2018-04-18 11:00 76/2017/2018
Request for the Civil Engineering Professional Service Providers for the Design, Supervision and Monitoring of Construction of a Outfall Sewer Line From German Development to Eastdene 2018-04-05 12:00 BS10/03/2018
Recruitment Engagement and Registration of Disaster Management Volunteers 2017/2018. 2018-04-17 11:00 COMM-36/2017/2018
Panel of a maximum of three (3) civil contractors for supply, delivery, erection and commissioning of ventilated improved toilets within MP313 rural areas for a period of 36 months as and when required 2018-04-19 12:00 BS04/03/2018
Provision of Employee Wellness Service. 2018-04-17 11:00 COR-A29/2017/2018
Proposal to invite black empowered enterprises, especially women owned to supply building and construction material on an "as when required basis" 2018-04-19 11:00 RFP065/2018
Proposals for design and supply of tables and chairs for municipal council chambers. 2018-04-19 12:00 2018/01/24/CCF
The Supply and Delivery of Wet Rations, bread and rolls to the Department of Defence (Maluti area). 2018-07-05 11:00 SPSC- B- 080- 2017
The Supply and Delivery of Wet Rations, various Meat (fresh and frozen) to the Department of Defence (Maluti area). 2018-07-05 11:00 SPSC- B- 079- 2017
The appointment of a service provider for the supply and delivery of perfusion and cardiothoracic surgery requirements to Groote Schuur - Tygerberg- and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for a period of three (3) years. 2018-04-20 11:00 TBH514/2017
The Supply and Delivery of Wet Rations, various Dairy Products to the Department of Defence (Maluti area). 2018-07-05 11:00 SPSC- B- 083- 2017
Appointment of a Panel of Maximum Seven (7) Consulting Engineers for the Provision Of Professional Services, Planning, Design And Implementation of Civil Engineering Projects for a period of 36 months as and when required 2018-04-24 12:00 BS06/03/2018


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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