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.
Appointment of a service provider to provide a registry service to the Events Department from date of commencement not exceeding 1 year. 2018-02-27 12:00 SL11800155
Request for expressions of interest (EOI): Medical Insurance Coverage for African Union contract staff and their dependents 2018-03-15 15:00 AUC/HRM/NC/1
Supply Central 3 Career Expo Promotional Item – Drawstring bag 2018-02-27 12:00 GL11800577
Appointment of service providers to form a bodyshop of service providers to assist the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform with Complex Forensic Investigations for a period of two years 2018-03-01 11:00 5/2/2/1 – RDLR 0144(2017/2018)
Supply Two seater couch And one seater couch 2018-02-26 12:00 GL11800578
Appointment of a service provider to supply and deliver a refrigerated delivery truck for Witzenberg Agri Park Logistics Project in the Cape Winelands District Municipality in the Western Cape Province 2018-03-01 11:00 SSC WC 12 (2017/2018) DRDLR
Supply: Drawer bulk filer 2018-02-27 12:00 GL11800579
Purchasing of books for City Health Medical Stores 2018-02-28 11:00 GM11800624
Appointment of a Service Provider to Procure Through Normal Supply Chain Processes an Office Container for Witzenberg Agri Park Logistics Project in the Cape Winelands District Municipality, Western Cape Province 2018-03-03 11:00 SSC WC 16 (2017/2018) DRDLR
Leasing of the remaining extent of portion of the farm Kameelbult 604 IO and portion 9 of the farm Doornbult 603 IO, measuring 638, 7546 hectares in extent, made up of 354 hectares of dry land, 16 hectares irrigation and 266, 7546 hectares of grazing land, for a period of thirty (30) years 2018-03-06 11:00 NWPSSC 01 (091) 2017/18
MBDA hereby wishes to invite suitably, qualified and experienced service providers to provide Developmental Consulting Services to the Agency. 2018-02-26 11:00 BDA0218520
MBDA seeks quotes from accredited service providers to supply and deliver: 5 x i5 Notebooks and Accessories 2018-02-26 11:00 BDA0218519
Supply and Delivery of 40 Rolls, 30 M Each, 4 Mm Galv. Mild Steel Stay Wire - 5 Strand (Plse Note: Not 7 Strand) 2018-02-28 11:00 SQ02181171
Supply & Delivery of 70mm X 3c 11kv Fibre Glass Straight Joint Boxes with all Accessories 2018-02-28 11:00 SQ02181171
Supply and Delivery of Bituminous Compound for Cable Joints, Black In 12,7 Kg Containers. Compound 15426/127. 2018-02-28 11:00 SQ02181171
Supply: Books: MPRA- Municipal Property Rates Act 5th Addition ISBN-9781485119654 2018-02-21 11:00 GM11800627
Supply and deliver Bookbinding Tape,36mm x 15mtr.3M or approved equal 2018-02-27 11:00 SQ02181169
Supply and deliver Envelopes 2018-02-27 11:00 SQ02181169
General Cleaning Services at Muizenberg Electricity 2018-02-26 12:00 SH11800107
Supply and deliver Reflective Bibs in sizes Small,Medium & Large 2018-02-27 11:00 SQ02181169

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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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