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.
Multiband Ligater Kit, Single Use 8.5 - 11.5mm Scope Diameter With A Clear Barrel For Bonding Oesophageal Vverices. 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2773/ 08/ 18
Supply, Delivery and Off-loading of Cleaning Material and Toiletries for Klerksdorp, Rustenburg and Rooigrond Management Areas (North -West Province). 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 10/ 2018 NORTH - WEST
Stoma Adhesive Protective Powder Alcohol Free, 28.3g. 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2591/ 08/ 18
Supply, Delivery and Off-loading of Groceries, for Klerksdorp, Rustenburg and Rooigrond Management Areas (North -West Province). 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 07/ 2018 NORTH - WEST
Equipment: Heating Pan, Rectangular with Non Stick Heating Surface, Portable Design, Including Aluminium Lid with Handle and a Heavy Aluminium Gauge for Even Heat Distribution 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2619/ 08/ 18
Supply, Delivery and Off-loading of Coal Peas, Thohoyandou Management Area (Limpopo Province ). 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 15/ 2018 LIMPOPO
Non Adherent Dressing With Soft Silicone Technology Atraumatic Dressing, Dressing With Safetac Dressing 20x30. 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2593/ 08/ 18
Bacteriostatic Gel which Containspropylene Glycol (Box Of 10) 15g Tubes 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2592/ 08/ 18
Supply, Delivery and Off-loading of Groceries for Thohoyandou and Polokwane Management Areas ( Limpopo Province) 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 09/ 2018 LIMPOPO
Smooth Bore Breathing Circuits With Extra Limb And 2lt Breathing Bag Adult (3 Limb) 1.6mtr Long 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2586/ 08/ 18
Disposable Bed Sheets - 100cm X 200cm, Sample Required With Quote. 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2528/ 08/ 18
Supply, Delivery and Off-loading of Cleaning Material and Toiletries for Thohoyandou and Polokwane Management Areas ( Limpopo Province) 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 12/ 2018 LIMPOPO
Adaptic Digit Non Adhering Dressing Digit. 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2526/ 08/ 18
Supply: Teledyne Benthos 867 Battery Replacement Kits (3002855) - x 4. 2018-09-28 11:00 RFQ000289
Suture Grasper 14 Gauge 15cm Length 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2479/ 08/ 18
Appointment of a services provider for the supply, delivery, training and maintenance of two waste palletizer. 2018-10-12 11:00 GT/ GDARD/ 131/ 2018
Please Supply Sxm40-40 Hot Water Circulating Pumps as per required specification 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.2810/ 08/ 18
Supply and Install the Birds Deter Stand (See Picture Attached) Quantity: 1 Unit 2018-10-02 11:00 ZNQ NO.1523/ 06/ 18
Northern Cape: Upington and De aar Area: Rehabilitation of Bridges in Upington and De aar area. CIDB GRADING: 7 CE or Above. 2018-10-16 11:00 DRPW 001/ 2018
Supply, delivery, installation, training, commissioning, internal validation and support of a Microfluidics Fragment Analyser (MFA) for DNA analysis, for use in the Molecular Forensics Laboratory at UCT Health Sciences Faculty for the Western Cape Forensic Pathology Service. 2018-10-19 11:00 WCGHCC034/ 2018

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