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.
The supply and delivery various sizes of Ferrules. 2018-09-21 10:00 PTB1360
Provision for power transformer testing services at various sites for a period of 36 months as and when required basis. 2018-09-21 10:00 ERI/2018/TSS/01
Provision for power transformer testing services at various sites for a period of 36 months as and when required basis. 2018-09-21 10:00 ERI/2018/TSS/01
Maintenance to service roads, fencing and surfaces on an as & when required basis within a period of 24 months. 2018-10-02 10:00 KBY/54318
Supply and delivery of 2 (Two) 2.5 Litre Double Cab Ldvs With Canopy From an accredited Motor Vehicle Dealer 2018-09-04 12:00 BS22/07/2018
The University of South Africa invites tenders from suitably qualified service providers to provide the University with international courier services for a period of three years. 2018-09-03 12:00 PT2018/12
Re-design the existing human capital function in support of the DBSA Growth & Transformation agenda. 2018-09-10 11:00 RFP124/2018
Supply and delivery of 1(one) x TLB with Minimum Engine Gross Power (SAE) Of 29.1 Kw from an accredited Motor Dealer 2018-09-04 12:00 BS19/07/2018
Evaluation of the Global Fund Community Systems Strengthening Programme. 2018-09-10 08:30 None provided
Reconstruction of Stage Floor at Eric Jiyane Community Hall, Mhluzi 2018-09-05 12:00 BS23/07/2018
Request for proposals for total replacement of 22 lifts in the University. 2018-09-14 10:00 RFPSMU/008/2018
Request for proposals for upgrading of electrical substation and electrical cabling. 2018-09-14 10:00 RFP SMU/006/2018
Appointment of a Suitable Service Provider to Conduct Research on Tracking and Tracing of Learners who Completed TETA- supported Workplace-based Learning - WBL Programmes (Learner ships, Internships and apprenticeships) in the financial year 2016/2017. 2018-09-07 11:00 TETA18/RESEARCH/0005/WBL
Construction of Storage for Hazardous Material at Electrical Department Store, Service Centre (Magasyn), Middelburg 2018-09-05 12:00 BS24/07/2018
Request for Proposals for the Appointment of a Suitable Service Provider to Conduct a Tracer Study on ‘Teta-funded Pilots within Aviation for the Period of NSDS III (2011-2017) 2018-09-07 10:00 TETA18/RESEARCH/0004/TRACER
BBBEE Verification Agency 2018-08-28 12:00 030/2019
Supply Calcium hypochlorite 2018-08-23 16:00 GC11900071
Supply: Medical supplies 2018-08-28 15:00 GF11900120
Hiring of Water Tanker for Regravelling of Gravel Roads at Bethal and Emzinoni for 30 days 2018-08-27 12:00 RFQ NO: 8/3/2- 62/2018
Hire of a 20 Ton Excavator for Bellville South Landfill. 2018-08-28 09:00 WJ11900109

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