Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

What to consider when I do my tender pricing

By Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

One of the most important parts of any tender is pricing.

All tender documents will tell you that it is not necessarily the lowest bid that will win the tender but that there are also other factors that influence the final decision.  This might be true but be assured that you will lose more tenders than you will win if you have the highest price.  Make sure to price your tender correct.

Dealing with the Standard Bidding Document 3 (SBD 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3), which is the pricing document, can be hair-raising.  In these documents they talk about firm prices, non-firm prices, professional service providers, exchange rates and lots more confusing matters.  There are three SBD 3 documents namely the:

  • SBD 3.1 for firm prices
  • SBD 3.2 for non-firm prices
  • SBD 3.3 for professional service providers.

Many people ask the question - how must we work out our tender price?  There is no straightforward answer because every tender is different.  The fact is that a tender for the supply of furniture will have a different pricing structure than a tender for the supply of food for a government function thus providing individual pricing techniques would be exceedingly difficult.

In general, there are a couple of points that must be considered when you calculate your price.  These include:

  • Be precise; when your product that you supply is R10-26 then state it in the tender document as R10-26 and not as R10-00 or even R11-00.  Depending on the size of the tender, these minor differences can amount to substantial amounts that can be lost or influence the success of your tender.
  • Ensure that you take all your costs into consideration; double check your pricing – something small left out can come back and bite you later.
  • Always remember to add Value Added Tax (VAT) at 15% to your price.  The tender committees want to see the purchase price.  They do not want to sit with a calculator and calculate what your price is supposed to be when VAT is included.  Most tenders state that the price must include VAT.
  • Try and quote firm prices, even if the tender duration is more than 12 months.  Tender committees are hesitant for non-firm prices.

If you apply these points above, your pricing will be less of a challenge.

Another piece of advice is to draw up your own pricing schedule and to refer back to your own pricing schedule on the SBD 3 document, because every supply is unique and to try and fit your pricing into the SBD 3 forms is usually not possible.  You will find that almost all bidders do this.  Your tender would not be judged as non-responsive by using a separate pricing schedule.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.  Book and pay online at https://howtotender.co.za/tender-expert-form/

Contact us at wernervr@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.

You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website https://howtotender.co.za/ which is a step by step guide how to respond to a South African Tender.  It includes examples of completed SBD forms.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Department of Health: Dundee Regional: Upgrades and renovations to Dundee regional laundry. Only bidders who are 6GB and above will legible to bid. 2020-08-03 11:00 ZNTL 02400W: WIMS 055041
Goodwood: Correctional Centre: Intergrated Security Systems (ISS) Appointment of Electrical Engineer: 36 Months: Only BBBEE Level 1 & 2 2020-07-31 11:00 CPT1003 / 20
Cape Town: Parliamentary Villages: Appointment of a specialised deep cleaning contractor for a period of 24 mnoths: Only BBBEE Level 1 & 2 2020-07-31 11:00 CPT1004 / 20
Malmesbury : Correctional Centre : Intergrated Security Systems (ISS) Appointment of Electrical Engineer : 36 Months : Only BBBEE Level 1 & 2 2020-07-31 11:00 CPT1002 / 20
RFB 2190-2020: Provision of hygiene services to SITA Erasmuskloof, Centurion, Numerus and Beta buildings for a period of 36 months. 2020-07-31 11:00 RFB 2190- 2020
RFB 2147-2020: Provide Maintenance and Support of Video Conferencing Equipment and related Software to Department of Correctional Services (DCS) for a period of twelve (12) months. 2020-07-31 11:00 RFB 2147- 2020
Appointment of a service provider to deliver cleaning services to SITA Mpumalanga buildings (Nelspruit and Middelburg) for a period of 36 months. 2020-07-31 11:00 RFB 2173/ 2020
Request to place and advertisement of the Bid: RTMC BID 04/2020/21 for appointment of a service provider to provide security services at RTMC Colleges (Boekenhoutkloof and Denel Campus) and Head Office (Eco Park, Centurion) for a period of two (2) years 2020-08-05 11:00 RTMC BID 04/ 2020/ 21
Request to place and advertisement of the Bid: RTMC BID 02/2020/21 for appointment of a panel for Information Technology and related services for a period of five (5) years 2020-08-04 11:00 RTMC BID 02/ 2020/ 21
Appointment of a service provider to intergrate gender based violence (GBV) system and victims empowerment (VEP) system to enable the information exchange between the intergrated justice system (IJS) cluster departments 2020-07-31 11:00 SD04/ 2020
Appointment of a service provider to develop an alternative care management system 2020-07-31 11:00 SD05/ 2020
Department of Public Works: Harry Gwala District Office, 2 Margaret Street: Ixopo: Provision of Security Service for the period of 36 months 2020-08-13 11:00 ZNT 2955W
Appointment of a service provider for facility management services at a detention facility for illegal immigrants pending deportation to their countries of origin by the Department of Home Affairs for a period of sixty (60) months. 2020-08-07 11:00 DHA10- 2020
To supply and fitting of Steel Cabinets for Five (5) Hospitality Kitchens. 2020-08-03 11:00 EEC/ T02/ 2020
The provisioning of optometric services and optometric consumables for a period of three (3) years with an option to extend for an additional two (2) years based on performance for Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital (RCWMCH) 2020-08-07 11:00 RCCH07/ 2020
TBH 504/2020: For the installation of waste compacting unit and rendering of a waste compacting and removal service at Tygerberg Hospital for a period of three (3) years 01 September 2020 until 30 August 2023, thereafter on a month-to-month basis not exceeding four (4) months 2020-08-07 11:00 TBH 504/ 2020
Request for proposal for the appointment of strategic investor for the operationalization of Bhambanana abattoir on “operate, train & transfer” principles prequalification criteria 2020-07-30 11:00 DARD11/ 20A
Supply, deliver and offload new tractors and implements at Ethekwini and Ilembe District Offices 2020-07-30 11:00 DARD10/ 20A
Appointment of service provider to oversee the implementation of four (04) Agri-hubs in KwaZulu Natal Province. 2020-07-30 11:00 DARD09/ 20A
For the supply and delivery of frozen vegetable products for the Food Services Department at Tygerberg Hospital for a twelve (12) month period, effective 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2021 with the option to extend on a month to month basis not exceeding four (4) months 2020-08-07 11:00 TBH 306/ 2020

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