Issue Date: 
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

3 Challenges to Starting a Business to Tender

We, as tender consultants are confronted on a daily basis with all the different challenges that the average business owner faces in the tender process. There are several challenges that keep on repeating over and over again especially if you are a start-up business or you erected a company with the specific intention to respond to tenders. These challenges are:

1.    Experience
Tender responses are evaluated according to Functionality. One condition under Functionality is always the amount of experience you or your company have in a specific industry. The experience element usually counts a number of points and these points all add up to your total score that you need to achieve in order to move on to the next phase of evaluation. If you are going to lack experience you are going to struggle to earn points. To resolve this we suggest that you respond to tenders that you as person have relevant experience in. A good example is where an IT sector person responds to tenders in the IT sector - this way you can use your own experience on your CV to earn points on Functionality.

2.    Site visits
Currently the trend from Government Entities is to do site visits to ensure that the bidders are real companies. The problem with erecting a company with the sole intention to respond to tenders is that the company is not really in business and therefor there is no site that it operates from. Depending on the kind of tender that you are responding to the minimum that you need to do is to set up an office of some sort, even if it is at your house. You need to show them that you have capacity in order to earn points on Functionality and to move forward to the next phase.

3.    Compulsory Governing Body registration
In South Africa there are numerous Governing Bodies that businesses and its employees and/or owners have to belong to. Three examples of such Governing Bodies are:

  • National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC), 
  • The Financial Services Board (FSB) and 
  • The National Contract Cleaners Association. 

There are many more but we will stick to these three. Many Government tenders require registration certificates showing your affiliation to a Governing Body. Failure to produce such a certificate can lead to your tender response as being judged as non-compliant and this can lead to you being disqualified. 
There are two major challenges that the business owner face when registering with the appropriate Governing Body:

  • Firstly the rules and regulations that the business must adhere to in order to register and 
  • Secondly the cost involved.

The answer would be to try and register even if it is costly. Remember that you will have to comply in any case with the rules and regulations of the Governing Body should you be so lucky to win the tender. Find out what the rules and regulations are and start to comply now and register.

Starting a business is a very hard process - starting a business specifically for the purpose to respond to tenders is even more difficult. Rather start a small business, get it up and running, get some experience under the belt, earn a bit of income and then start responding to tenders. 

If you want to learn more about the tender process please visit our website for more details on our upcoming How-to-Tender workshops (www.how2tender.com) or email werner@how2tender.com should you need any assistance in this regard.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Thabamoopo Magistrate Office: Repairs and renovations 2019-06-18 11:00 PLK19/ 04
Pretoria: Silverton SAPS: Yankee Base: Phase II: Replacement of 20 Containers and Construction of Roof and Stairs 2019-06-25 11:00 Pt19/ 004
Supply, deliver, install and commissioning of laundry equipment: Benedicitine Hospital 2019-06-24 11:00 ZNB 9654/ 2018- H
Preventative and corrective maintenance contract of steam tube bundles calorifiers: 3 year contract: various institutions 2019-06-25 11:00 ZNB 5118/ 2019- H
Refurbishment of Tennant Road Kenilworth. CIDB Grading GB Level 4. 2019-07-31 11:00 SPSC- B- 007- 2019
Refurbishment of Porterville Crescent, Monte Vista. CIDB Grading GB Level 3. 2019-07-30 11:00 SPSC- B- 006- 2019
Repair of the Burned Building at Northern Military Headquarters. 2019-06-27 11:00 CPSC- B- G- 266- 2018
NDPW: Repairs, Maintenance, Service and Replacement of Refrigeration to various areas within the Johannesburg Regional Office’s jurisdiction for 24 months period. 2019-06-18 11:00 JHB.19/ 15
RFP 0014/2019: Provision of integrated pest management program for all SARS offices, countrywide 2019-06-25 11:00 RFP0014/ 2019
Request for provision of exhibition management services for Govtech 2019 2019-06-13 11:00 RFB 1945/ 2019
Bloemfontein: South African Social Security Agency (SASSA): Mangaung Metro District Local Office: New office accommodation: and parking facilities: 1287.73m² and 40 parking bays 2019-06-18 11:00 BL19- 008
Bethlehem Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRD & LR): Thabo Mofutsanenyane District: Alternative office accommodation and parking facilities: 1994.17m² and 25 parking bays for 5 years 2019-06-18 11:00 BL19- 007
Welkom Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRD & LR): Thabo Mofutsanyane District: Alternative office accommodation and parking facilities: 2019-06-11 11:00 BL19/ 004
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority invites suitable, qualified and competent Suppliers for the supply and delivery of Uniforms to iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority 2019-06-07 16:00 RFP NUMBER: 02/ MAY/ 2019
Supply of Corporate Gifts, Clothing & Branding - This is an all inclusive National tender that will be urtilised by all our 64 members across South Africa on an as and when required. 2019-06-13 12:00 PUR 3600/ 2
Three year contract for the Disposal of Aluminium Lithographic Plates from Naval Publication Unit, Simon’s Town as per Statement of Work. 2019-06-26 11:00 SPSC- B- 004- 2019
Request For Proposals for the Appointment of a Professional Service Provider to Provide Facilities Management for the Playhouse Company for a preiod of 3 years 2019-06-24 11:00 PHC 59/ 2019
Appointment of a service provider to print barcoded Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) questionnaires for the third quarter, July-September 2019 and Survey of Activities of Young People (SAYP) questionnaires for the third quarter, July-September 2019 for Statistics South Africa 2019-06-07 11:00 Stats SA 001/ 19
Design and construction of world-class international exhibitions stands for South African Tourism 2019-06-14 12:00 SAT 142/ 19
Provision of Leadership Development and Coaching Services at Sanas for a period of twelve (12) months 2019-06-14 11:00 SANAS/ LDCS/ 2019- 20/ 01

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Tender Knowledge

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

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 are difficult for people to comprehend not to mention the Standard Bidding Documents and Tender Pricing.

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