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 www.how2tender.com

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply and deliver: swabs x-ray detectable 100x100mm - 8-ply sterile 2018-06-01 11:00 ZNQ 64/ 18/ 19- H
Dressings 2018-06-06 11:00 ZNQ: 33/ 2018/ 19
Nappies 2018-06-06 11:00 ZNQ: 84/ 2018/ 19
Supply and delivery of sound equipment. 2018-05-30 11:00 GK11800720
Supply and deliver Instrument washer. 2018-06-04 11:00 H84/ 18/ 19
Supply of and delivery 100% hydrocolloid dressing carboxymethyl cellulose fibrous 2018-06-08 11:00 ZNQ 103 / 18 / 19
Design, supply, installation, commissioning, training and maintenance of the two stage desalination plant, consisting of pre-treatment and a reverse osmosis (RO) process at iThemba Labs, Cape Town. 2018-06-19 11:00 NRF/ iThemba LABS/ 2017 - 18: 08
Suitable Contractors to Provide Labour & Plant for the Intallation of Culverts in Ward 02. Material will be provided by the Municipality 2018-06-05 12:00 RFQ/411
Supply and install UPS unit KVA double conversion. 2018-06-08 11:00 H96/ 18/ 19
Annual servicing of Heat pumps. 2018-06-11 11:00 H100/ 18/ 19
Service Provider to Supply and Install 4x 71cm Tv’s With 2x Satelite (Supply and Install Decoder Dstv) 2018-06-04 12:00 RFQ/409
Supply with electrical material 2018-06-04 11:00 ben06/ 2018- 2019
Annual service of 2 Theatre tables. 2018-06-11 11:00 H95/ 18/ 19
Supply and Delivery of 2x 20m x 8” Suction Hoses and Accessories 2018-05-31 11:00 SCM103/17/18
For the supply of one (1) electro-spinal mobile operating table with accessories and cart for B3, theatres W & X at Tygerberg Hospital 2018-06-22 11:00 TBH 203/ 2018
Once off pressure testing of 5 Compressors. 2018-06-11 11:00 H99/ 18/ 19
Supply of electromagnetic (EM) simulation software 2018-06-18 11:00 NRF SARAO SDDS 002 2018
Appointment of service provider/s to supply furniture, chairs and soft goods to the SHRA 2018-06-15 11:00 SHRA/ RFB/ ADMIN/ 01/ 201819
Once-Off Supply, Delivery and Installation of Office Furniture for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform: Mpumalanga Deeds Registry. 2018-06-18 11:00 DRDLR (CRD- 07) 2018/ 19
Kuruman Statistics South Africa: Alternative office accommodation: 461.36m² and 15 parking bays for a period of 5 years 2018-06-15 11:00 LS01/ 2018

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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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