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.

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Harding: St Andrews Hospital: Department of Health: Hire of Residential Accommodation to Accommodate 14 X Community Service Officers for a period of 12 months 2019-04-25 11:00 ZNT 2846W
Kokstad: E.G. Usher Memorial Hospital: Department of Health: Hire of Residential Accommodation to Accommodate 21 X Community Service Officers for a period of 12 months 2019-04-25 11:00 ZNT 2848W
Provision of Security Services at Frontier regional Hospital site, in the Eastern Cape Department of Health for a period of 36 months. 2019-05-02 11:00 SCMU3- 18/ 19- 0527- FRH
Rendering of a Cleaning Contract at the Military Acadamy, Saldanha for the period of one (1) year as per User Requirement Specification MILACAD/01/18. 2019-04-24 11:00 SPSC- B- 069- 2018
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Supply and delivery of two (2) crawler tractors to the South African Police Service: Division: Human Resource Development. 2019-04-23 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 107 TV(18)
Supply and delivery of twenty seven (27) cattle trailers to the South African Police Service: Division: Detective Services. 2019-04-23 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 128 TV(18)
Supply and delivery of twenty (20) luggage trailers to the South African Police Service: Division: ORS. 2019-04-23 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 129 TV(18)
Supply and delivery of hydraulic loading crane to the South African Police Service: Division Operational Response Services 2019-04-23 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 130TV(18)
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Maintenance and repair of SAPS helicopters and aircrafts for a period of two (02) years for the South African Police Service 2019-04-23 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 114TA (18)
The supply and delivery of labels, ribbons and boxes used by Clinicom, Jac and primary healthcare systems for all Western Cape Health facilities for a three (3) year period. 2019-04-19 11:00 WCGHSC0195/ 2019
Appointment of a suitable service provider to conduct a skills audit for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education for a period of three years from date of award 2019-04-11 11:00 ZNB 0005 E/ 2018/ 2019
Appointment of a panel of eight (8) service providers to render car hire and related services to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) for a period of thirty-six (36) months. 2019-04-22 11:00 Stats SA 011/ 18
Appointment of a Service Provider’s for the Rendering of Vehicles Auctioneering Services to the South African Police Service Nationally (Per Province) for a period of two(02) years 2019-04-24 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 119 TP (18):
Supply and Delivery of Daily Newspapers for Navy Headquarters for a Period of One (01) Year. 2019-04-25 11:00 CPSC- B- PC- 058- 2018
Provision of NIMS-Support and Maintenance tender for the three RSR Regional Offices( Gauteng,Kwa-Zulu Natal and Western Cape Province) 2019-04-23 12:00 RSR/ NIMS/ 001/ 03/ 2019
For the Provision of Long Term Advisor Services to the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) for the Office of the Accountant General (OAG) to Support in the Implementation of the Municipal Finance Improvement Programme (MFIP) Phase III - Provincial Treasury Revenue Management Specialists 2019-04-12 11:00 GTAC 028- 1- 2018
For the Provision Of Long Term Advisor Services to the Government Technical Advisory Centre (Gtac) for the Office of the Accountant General (OAG) to Support in the Implementation of the Municipal Finance Improvement Programme (MFIP) Phase III - Asset Management Specialists 2019-04-12 11:00 GTAC 026- 1- 2018
For The Provision of Long Term Advisor Services to The Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) for the Office of the Accountant General (OAG) to Support in the Implementation of the Municipal Finance Improvement Programme (Mfip) Phase III - Provincial Treasury Advisors 2019-04-12 11:00 GTAC 023- 1- 2018

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Extension of validity period

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Those of you who are familiar with responding to tenders will know that it is common practice for procuring entities to extend the bid price validity period. We received the undermentioned queries regarding the extension of the validity period of the bid price.

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