Issue Date: 
Monday, July 3, 2017

Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids/tenders you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids/tenders as follows:

  •  The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points is usually set, but this can be higher or lower, depending on the Organ of State.
  • All tender responses achieving less than the set threshold will be declared non-responsive and will not qualify to be evaluated on B-BBEE and Price.

Functionality includes the following main points:

  • Track record and experience;
  • Recourses;
  • Technology;
  • Operational fit;

In your tender response, it is always important to stipulate the following when it comes to your track record and experience:

  • How many years of experience does your company/enterprise have with the goods and/or services you provide?
    The more experience you have the better, this indicates to the Organ of State that you have been providing the goods and/or services for a significant period of time and thus have experience in your field of expertise.
  • Provide contactable references and a proven track record of the goods and/or services.
  • It is always good to provide references in your response, even if it is just one reference. Refences show that you can be trusted, and how better to evaluate your experience than by contacting your references. Remember to be honest in your response as the Organ of State is sure to contact your references.
  • Provide information on your success rate.
  • This is overstating the obvious, but it is good to tell them about previous tenders that were awarded to you, and how successfully you completed them.
  • What is the nature of goods and/or services your company supplies?
    It is imperative that you supply the goods and/or services that the tender asks for. If you do not supply the exact goods and/or services that the tender asks for, you may be disqualified.
  • Provide details of your monthly volume and rand value of goods and/or services you supply to your existing clients.
    This again shows your experience, even if the volumes are small, you still supply the goods and that means experience.
  • Is there any other information you deem relevant to your proposal? If yes, provide details. This is especially important when you can add value to the goods and/or services that the Organ of State requires.

It is very important to elaborate as much as possible on Functionality, in your response. In meeting the Functionality criteria of any tender, you will be sure to advance to the next phase of evaluation.

If you want to learn more about Functionality and how it works be sure to attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops that HowToTender present across South Africa. Please visit our website at www.how2tender.com to find out more or email Werner at werner@how2tender.com.

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

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Maintenance and Support for thirty six (36) months. 2018-09-06 11:00 RFB 1781/ 2018
Supply Plumbing tools (specification will be available on request) 2018-08-24 11:00 ZNQ 095 2018/ 19
The appointment of a panel to supply ICT hardware 2018-09-06 12:00 RFP013/ 2018
Supply Plumbing materials (specification will be available on request) 2018-08-24 11:00 ZNQ 096 2018/ 19
Lease of the cottage with a portion of municipal land (±1. 7138 ha) situated on a remainder of portion 13 of the Farm Long Valley No.15, Dassieshoek, Robertson 2018-09-14 12:00 48/ 2018
Request for the provision of services to department of planning, monitoring and evaluation (DPME) to support, maintain and enhance the web-enabled local government management improvement model (LGMIM) assessment tool and technical/content advisory services for a period of 12 months with the option to extend the contract for an additional 24 months. 2018-09-07 11:00 RFB 1785/ 2018
Alienation of various available erven 2018-09-14 12:00 49 /2018
Tenders are hereby invited for the Supply, Delivery, Installation and maintenance of Photocopier machines for a 5 Year Operational Lease and Maintenance Agreement. 2018-09-07 11:00 Tender 3/ 2018 (PUR 401/ 9)
Supply , Deliver and Offload Protective Clothing for Land Care. 2018-09-06 11:00 ZNB 4266/ 18A
Supply of Equipment and Software (Shipment and Delivery), Equipment Installation, Configuration, VM Migration and Project Management and 5-year Support and Maintenance. 2018-09-07 11:00 SCMU3- 18/ 19- 0121- HO
Supply, delivery , Offload and installation of Two Center Pivot for Hlubi project at Alfred Duma (Ladysmith) Uthukela District. 2018-09-06 11:00 ZNB 4270/ 18A
Phototherapy (Puva)/ Narrow Band UVB 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.5882/ 04/ 18
Slimroll Hand Towel Sheet Size 200mm X 155m to Fit Kimberley Clark Slimroll Hand Dispensers. 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.5565/ 03/ 18
Supply, delivery, Offload and installation of Irrigation at Block 1 Mbonwa Irrigation scheme at Umuziwabantu Local Office Ugu District. 2018-09-06 11:00 ZNB 4269/ 18A
Portable Rebound Tonometer 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.2303/ 07/ 18
Appointment of a service provider for the Landcare alien weeds and bankrupt bush control projects. 2018-09-07 11:00 GT/ GDARD/ 114/ 2018
Heat & Moisture Exchanger for Attachment to a 15mm Connector, with Oxygen Supply Port 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.2148/ 07/ 18
Supply Paper photocopy white bond 80GSM A4 X 3000 reams 2018-08-24 11:00 ZNQ 436/ 18
A Simple System for Accurate Intra Abdominal Pressure Monitoring In Criticallly Ill Patients. 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.1863/ 07/ 18
Supply and delivery of frozen chicken products and frozen fish products to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for two years (24 month) contract period with an option to extend the contract for a further 1 year (twelve months) based on performance. 2018-09-14 11:00 RCCH04/ 2018

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