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.
Training of 50 beneficiaries in Further Education + Training certificate, Automotive Repair and Maintenance NQF LEVEL 4; SAQA ID 78525 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 20/ 18 Learn AMR
Training of 50 beneficiaries in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Assistant Skills Programme NQF L2 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 27/ 18 Skill VMRA
Training of 50 beneficiaries in Further Education + Training certificate: Information Technology Technical Support NQF L4; SAQA ID 78964 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 19/ 18 Learn TS
The appointment of a consultant to undertake specialist studies to inform the developable area for the proposed subdivision on ER84603, Retreat, Cape Town. 2018-09-20 11:00 SSC WC Q12 (2018 / 2019) DRDLR
Training of 50 beneficiaries in National Certificate, Information Technology, End User Computing, NQF Level 3; SAQA ID 49077 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 21/ 18 Learn EUC
Training of 50 beneficiaries in Further Education + Training certificate: Information Technology Systems Development NQF L4; SAQA ID 78965 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 18/ 18 Learn SD
Training of 50 beneficiaries in National Certificate, Animal Production, NQF Level 4, SAQA ID 48979 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 24/ 18 Learn Animal
Internal Audit services 2018-09-28 11:00 T/ 14/ 18 IA
Appointment of the Service Provider to Undertake an Assessment of the Socio-Economic Impacts of the Implementation of the Waste Classification and Management Regulations and the Associated Waste Norms and Standards. 2018-09-21 11:00 Q- 119- 18- 19
Appointment of Auditors to Do Value for Money (VFM) and Performance Audits for Selected Projects within the Department’s Expanded Public Works Programmes 2018-09-21 11:00 Q- 113- 18- 19
Appointment of a Service Provider to Undertake the Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA) and the Review of Existing as well as Development of Appropriate Risk - Responsive Control Measures at the Branch: Oceans & Coasts 2018-09-21 11:00 E 1468
Appointment of service for the manufacturing and delivery of 1000LT complete fire truck units for firefighting in the Eastern Cape Province for the Department of Agriculture Forestry and fisheries at regional office King Williams Town. 2018-09-21 11:00 4.4.12.4/ 17/ 18
Cleaning services for inner city hostels in Johannesburg for a period not exceeding 36 months (Denver, George Goch, Jeppe, LTA, MBA and Murray and Roberts). 2018-09-21 11:00 HLA 4/ 2/ 4- 2018/ 04
Appointment of a security contractor to render security services at Modimolle, Polokwane and Makhado for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for a period of three (3) years. 2018-09-21 11:00 4.4.12.4/ 10/ 18
Provision and service of chemical toilets. 2018-09-25 11:00 HLA 4/ 2/ 4- 2018/ 05
The appointment of a security company to render security services in the Mpumalanga province at mbombela to the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries for a period of three (3) years. 2018-09-21 11:00 4.4.12.4/ 11/ 18
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) requires the service of a radio presenter. 2018-09-24 11:00 BID 848 - 2018/ 2019
Printing and binding of maternity case records for the Eastern Cape Department of Health Institutions for a period of 12 months . 2018-09-21 11:00 SCMU3- 18/ 19- 0135- HO
Request for Proposals to develop remuneration policy and philosophy for Council for Medical Schemes 2018-09-25 11:00 CMS022018/ 19
Appointment of a Service Provider to Provide Cleaning Services at the South African State Theatre for a period of three years 2018-09-21 14:00 SAST2018/ CLEANING

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