Issue Date: 
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

2 Tender Misconceptions in South Africa

We at How2Tender.Com have presented our How-to-Tender workshops to many people and companies during the last two years. During these workshops we have encountered many wonderful stories of companies that won tenders in both the Public as well as the Private Sector. The opposite is also true - we also have heard horrible stories of how things can go wrong when responding to tenders. 

During these workshops we have learned that there are many misconceptions regarding tenders and the tender process in South Africa. Here are two of the most common misconceptions out there:

1.    All tenders are awarded fraudulently:
      This misconception is the most common and it is hard to defend it. The newspapers are full of articles and stories of tenders that have been awarded fraudulently - especially Government tenders. This might be so, but the reality is            that there are hundreds of tenders available on a daily basis in South Africa. If all of these tenders were to be awarded fraudulently then our economy will come to a standstill. The fact of the matter is that more tenders are awarded          on a fair and transparent manner than on a fraudulent manner. We are proof of that - we have done plenty of Government tenders and we have been awarded many of them - this without bribing anyone.
2.    You can only win tenders if you are black:
      Although the focus of Government - both National and Provincial - is to encourage and promote black business in South Africa, there are instances where a white owned businesses can be awarded a tender. We at How2Tender              also have firsthand experience on this matter. We have responded to many tenders on behalf of white owned businesses across South Africa and even won a couple of these tenders. The fact of the matter is that if the Preference            Point System is used correctly the best company will win, irrespective of whether it is black or white owned.

If you respond to tenders ensure that you are doing it correctly. If all your compulsory documents as well as your additional documents are submitted you won't be disqualified. If you pass the Functionality test you will advance to the Preferential Point Scoring system and then the outcome is dependable on your Price and B-BBEE Score. If your product or service is well priced and you have a good B-BBEE Score then chances are good that you might just be lucky.

If you want to ensure you that you are one of the lucky ones we suggest you attend our How-to-Tender workshops that we present Country wide. Please email us at werner@how2tender.com should you be interested in attending one of these workshops.
 
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Title Closing Date Tender No.
The provision of clinker removal and rope access at Camden Power Station for a period of 36 months 2019-07-29 10:00 MPGXC005631
Panel: Client Decor Services 2019-07-08 12:00 CTICC 038/2019 PANEL: CLIENT DÉCOR
Provision of collecting, stripping and assessment of medium voltage motors including on site white meta bearing repairs of selected Medium Voltage Motors at Arnot Power Station 2019-07-25 10:00 MPGXC 005619
Germiston Station Minor Building Works Upgrade 2019-07-08 11:00 RFQ 02-1911150/06/2019
The province of KwaZulu-Natal, Department of Transport, invites tenders of Vukuzakhe Contractors for the Betterment and Regravelling of L2602 Contract 1 in the Ulundi Municipality within the Zululand District. 2019-08-13 11:00 ZNT373/ C266/ 2111/ S/ 1/ 2018T
Renovational Services for the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) at Pietersburg Hospital Lab, Polokwane 2019-07-18 11:00 RFB021- 19- 20
Renovation Services for the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) at Bongani Provincial Hospital, Welkom 2019-07-17 11:00 RFB0018- 19- 20
General maintenance including roof replacement; 25 Voortrekker Road; Murraysburg. 2019-07-24 11:00 G003/ 19
Water and sanitation programme phase 3A at Zamangothando Secondary School, Khawuleza PS, Sishongani PS and Induduzo PS, Ulundi 2019-07-26 11:00 ZNTU 02480 W
Water and sanitation programme phase 3A at Maphovela High School, Ulundi 2019-07-26 11:00 ZNTU 03956 W
Phase 14 Storm Damage: Repairs and Renovations to Storm Damaged Schools Throughout The Province of KwaZulu Natal 2019-07-22 11:00 VARIOUS
The Construction of the Apli Cold Storage Facility, Depot and Packhouse 2019-07-15 12:00 CDC/ 327/ 19
NDPW:Rehabilitation and Construction of the New Office block at 85 Anderson Street,Johannesburg (Heritage) 2019-08-06 11:00 JHB.19/ 20
TKZN intends to appoint a marketing services agency to provide integrated marketing services aligned to the TKZN’S 2014-2020 strategy and annual performance plan for the period of twelve months 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 03/ 2019
TKZN intends to appoint a suitable service provider to provide Public Relations and Communications support to the organization for the period of twelve months. 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 01/ 2019
TKZN intends to appoint a suitable service provider to supply, install, develop, configure and maintain the SAP Business one application system including Microsoft SQL server database 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 04/ 2019
CapeNature seeks the expertise of a suitable service provider for the supply, delivery and installation of Atmospheric Water Generators with a solar solution at the Anysberg Nature Reserve, CIDB and Local content conditions apply 2019-07-26 11:00 WCNCB 01/ 06/ 2019
Appointment of a service provider to manage Media Relations and Communication services on behalf of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission (‘the B-BBEE Commission’) for a period of 2 years. 2019-07-12 11:00 dti 06/ 19- 20
Appointment of a service provider to supply, install, configure and maintain a Telephone Management and Switchboard System for the Office of the Valuer-General on a lease basis for a period of 36 Months 2019-07-12 11:00 OVG (03) 2019/ 20
TKZN intends to appoint a Social Media Management Agency to provide social media services for a period of twelve months 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 02/ 2019

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2 items that determine tender pricing

Article by Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Many bidders that respond to tenders struggle when it comes to calculating a price for a specific tender. One of the reasons for this is that a large number of Small Business Owners are usually new to the tender process and therefore they lack the necessary experience to price their bids correctly.

Without getting into the fundamentals of accounting there are two basic items that determine your... Read More

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