10 steps in the bid process

Each year, Organs of State invite the Private Sector to submit competitive bids for the supply of goods and services. Organs of State bid requests attract SMME's and large businesses across a wide range of sectors - from office supplies to major construction projects.

Here is an overview of 10 steps you should take to prepare a competitive bid.

1.    Register your interest

Cancelation of Government Tenders

Many of you who have responded to Government tenders have been disappointed when a tender is cancelled. You have put in many days and nights' worth of effort just to receive the bad news the tender is cancelled.

The question is - do Government entities have the right to cancel tenders?

Government entities do have the authority to cancel a tender before it has been awarded. Regulation 13 of the Preferential Procurement Regulations, 2017 stipulates that a tender can be cancelled -

What is my chance of winning a tender?

What is my chance of winning a tender? This question gets ask many times - should it be by people attending our How-to-Tender workshops or business owners making use of our tender consulting services.  The problem with the question is that there is no straight forward answer. People expect us to say your chances are 50% or 60% or whatever the case might be. 

The real answer is much more complex than a simple percentage. 

It is imperative for all potential bidders to familiarize themselves with the tender process in South Africa. There are procedures that need to be followed by Government Entities when they issue a request for quotation or competitive bid (tender). These procedures are governed by different Acts such as the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (Act no 5 of 2000) and the Public Finance Management Act (Act 1 of 1999 as amended by Act 296 of 1999) to name but two.

Compiling your tender response

We have responded to many tenders, request for proposals, request for quotations and request for bids during the last five years. These responses to tenders were both for Private as well Public Sector Tenders. During this time we have found that the system and steps explained underneath, that we utilize in compiling our tender response, worked the best for us. These steps that we follow are simple and easy to replicate. We can certainly encourage our fellow tender responders to use the same system and steps when compiling your tender response.

Tenders explained

Each day hundreds of tenders are being advertised but we often only hear about those where things have gone wrong or where the concept has been abused. It gives ‘Tenders’ a stink it doesn’t deserve. In today’s blog, we look at what exactly a tender is.

Understanding the Tender Process

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

3 March 2014

Sometimes I am surprised at how little business people in South Africa know about tenders and the tender process. Simple things like terminology and general tender information seem difficult to comprehend, not to mention the standard bidding documents and tender pricing.

Submitting your tender

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

2 June 2014

After our recent tender workshop: How to complete a tender, we realized that there are still people that struggle with submitting a completed tender document.

Underneath are tips on submitting your tender response. Ensure that you follow these guidelines when you submit your tender response.

Policies & Procedures - Tenders

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

17 June 2014

Last week I had a look at an Eskom tender. In it was a section pertaining to Policies and Procedures. It made me wonder how many SMME’s have got Policies and Procedures in place. The problem with Policies and Procedures is that it sounds much more complicated than it actually is.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Video Conferencing Rental Solution for a period of 36 months 2018-12-03 11:00 HDA/JHB/2018/017
Appointment of Professional Service Providers to Compile Wayleave Applications on Behalf of Bloem Water for all Infrastructure Under their Control and Jurisdiction (Servitudes). 2018-12-14 12:00 BW249/WLA/18
Small-Scale Embedded Generation: State of Play Assessment and Policy Options to Support Social, Environmental and Economic Benefits for the Department of Energy 2018-11-23 11:00 #83306338
Mechanical Pumps Repair and Maintenance. 2019-01-18 11:00 DIA5635/2018RFP
Tracking the Transition to a Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Society and Economy 2018-11-23 11:00 #83306336
Develop, Manage, Operate and Maintain Balele Caravan & Game park. 2019-01-10 11:00 No refference
Supply, delivery and installation of a palisade fence for Lamberts Bay Caravan Park and the removal of old fence 2018-11-27 12:00 CED 06/2018-2019
Supply and delivery of Material for Foreman Containter Office Block at Clanwilliam Dam in the Western Cape for DWS Construction South 2018-11-15 11:00 WQ7605 WTE
Provision of live work training services within LOU. 2018-12-13 10:00 59CON1887
Supply and Delivery of Water Tanks, Pumps and Fittings at Clanwilliam Dam in the Western Cape for DWS Construction South. 2018-11-15 11:00 WQ7500 WTE
Erection of the Mc 310 K12 Potain Tower Crane Located at Clanwilliam Dam Raising Project Site with the view of Commissioning The Crane 2018-11-15 11:00 WQ7606 WTE
Supply and delivery of Assorted PPE. 2019-01-15 10:00 MPGXC005401
Supply: 1 each x brush cutter & 1 each x chainsaw 2018-11-15 12:00 GD11900588
Supply and delivery of “critical Spares” for the Continued Operation of the Liebherr Mobilmix 2.25 Concrete Batching Plant. 2018-11-15 11:00 WQ7503 WTE
Assurance of Engineering Integrity of the Critical Structural Beams and Critical Bearer Columns of the Liebherr Batch Plant Located at Clanwilliam Dam. 2018-11-15 11:00 WQ7553 WTE
Supply: Batteries rp240-bh 2018-11-21 11:00 GH11900216
Supply and Delivery of Temporary 200mm Dia Municipal By-Pass Pipeline on Right Bank for the Raising of Clanwilliam Dam in the Western Cape for DWS Construction South. 2018-11-15 11:00 WQ7554 WTE
Supply: Tools and equipment 2018-11-20 12:00 GD11900593
Supply: 1 each x hv oil dielectric tester 60kv 2018-11-20 12:00 GD11900594
Re-Commisioning of the Liebherr Batching Plant Located at Clanwilliam Dam Raising Project 2018-11-15 11:00 WQ7497 WTE

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Advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums

Consortiums are often considered as entities to use when responding to tenders in South Africa. The question that arises is whether to use a Consortium or a Joint Venture when responding to a tender. To help you with this we have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages for both Consortiums as well as Joint Ventures. In this article we list the advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums. Look out for the same article on Joint Ventures.

Consortiums Advantages:

  • Easy to establish as there are no formal procedures... Read More
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