Issue Date: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

10 Principles When Pricing Your Tender

We are often asked how to work out a tender price? But there is no straight answer because every tender is different. The fact is that a tender for the supply of furniture will have a different pricing structure to that of the supply of food for a government function. So to provide individual pricing techniques would be very difficult.

In general, there are ten points that must be considered when calculating price. These are:

  • Price is king – ensure that you price your product or service as low as possible in order to stand a chance of winning a tender.
  • Be precise; when the product supplied is R101-26 then state it in the tender response as R101-26 and not as R101-00 or even R102-00. Small differences like these can result in large amounts that can be lost, depending on the size of the tender.
  • Ensure that all the costs of delivering the product is taken into consideration; double check your pricing – omitting something small can come back and bite you later on.
  • Confirm prices of goods with your suppliers – prices can change very quickly due to increases in fuel prices or exchange rate fluctuations.
  • Always remember to add Value Added Tax (VAT) at 14% to your price especially when it relates to Government tenders. Most tenders state that the price must include VAT.
  • Ensure that all other applicable taxes are included in the tender price.
  • The most important piece of advice on Pricing: never bid too low or too high;
    • Bid Evaluation Committees are well informed and they will know if a bid is too low or too high;
    • Bidding too low or too high might lead to a tender response being disqualified or marked as non-responsive;
  • Pricing can be influenced by law as well – there are several industries in South Africa, such as the cleaning industry, which has minimum wages payable to employees;
  • A suggestion is that if your usual mark-up is 25% then tender perhaps at 18% to 20%. Remember that you are going to save on direct costs as well as on other expenses such as advertising, telephone costs and much more. Use these savings to lower your price.
  • Remember that in Government tenders you are going to be scored on your price and currently price counts for 80 out of 100 points for tenders less than R1 million and 90 out of 100 points for tenders with a value of more than R1 million. The bidder with the lowest price receives the most points.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. Tender Workshop dates are published on our website at www.how2tender.com.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Dressings 2018-06-06 11:00 ZNQ: 33/ 2018/ 19
Nappies 2018-06-06 11:00 ZNQ: 84/ 2018/ 19
Supply and delivery of sound equipment. 2018-05-30 11:00 GK11800720
Supply and deliver Instrument washer. 2018-06-04 11:00 H84/ 18/ 19
Supply of and delivery 100% hydrocolloid dressing carboxymethyl cellulose fibrous 2018-06-08 11:00 ZNQ 103 / 18 / 19
Design, supply, installation, commissioning, training and maintenance of the two stage desalination plant, consisting of pre-treatment and a reverse osmosis (RO) process at iThemba Labs, Cape Town. 2018-06-19 11:00 NRF/ iThemba LABS/ 2017 - 18: 08
Suitable Contractors to Provide Labour & Plant for the Intallation of Culverts in Ward 02. Material will be provided by the Municipality 2018-06-05 12:00 RFQ/411
Supply and install UPS unit KVA double conversion. 2018-06-08 11:00 H96/ 18/ 19
Annual servicing of Heat pumps. 2018-06-11 11:00 H100/ 18/ 19
Service Provider to Supply and Install 4x 71cm Tv’s With 2x Satelite (Supply and Install Decoder Dstv) 2018-06-04 12:00 RFQ/409
Supply with electrical material 2018-06-04 11:00 ben06/ 2018- 2019
Annual service of 2 Theatre tables. 2018-06-11 11:00 H95/ 18/ 19
Supply and Delivery of 2x 20m x 8” Suction Hoses and Accessories 2018-05-31 11:00 SCM103/17/18
For the supply of one (1) electro-spinal mobile operating table with accessories and cart for B3, theatres W & X at Tygerberg Hospital 2018-06-22 11:00 TBH 203/ 2018
Once off pressure testing of 5 Compressors. 2018-06-11 11:00 H99/ 18/ 19
Supply of electromagnetic (EM) simulation software 2018-06-18 11:00 NRF SARAO SDDS 002 2018
Appointment of service provider/s to supply furniture, chairs and soft goods to the SHRA 2018-06-15 11:00 SHRA/ RFB/ ADMIN/ 01/ 201819
Once-Off Supply, Delivery and Installation of Office Furniture for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform: Mpumalanga Deeds Registry. 2018-06-18 11:00 DRDLR (CRD- 07) 2018/ 19
Kuruman Statistics South Africa: Alternative office accommodation: 461.36m² and 15 parking bays for a period of 5 years 2018-06-15 11:00 LS01/ 2018
Annual service of 2 Vacuum pumps and 1 receiver. 2018-06-11 11:00 H97/ 18/ 19

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Tender adjudication process

The SBD/WCBD6.1 document must form part of all bids invited.  It contains general information and serves as a claim form for preference points for Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment (B -BBEE) Status Level of Contribution, and explains how tenders or bids are decided.

The document says:

  • The bidder obtaining the highest number of points will be awarded the contract.
  • Preference points shall be calculated after prices have been brought to a comparative basis.
  • Points scored will be rounded off to two decimal places... Read More
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