Issue Date: 
Monday, October 26, 2015

3 unforgivable mistakes when responding to a Bid

We had the privilege to be part of an Evaluation committee for a Government Entity that put out an Invitation to Bid. The Bid was for a fairly technical service and therefor the response to the bid was poor. In fact there were only ten responses to the Invitation to Bid.

Upon opening and evaluating these bid responses the importance of a proper understanding of tender or bid responses was obvious. The basic mistakes that were made are unforgivable. These were amateur mistakes made by so-called experts in the tender environment, and making them could lead to the immediate disqualification of your bid response.

During the evaluation of the abovementioned bid responses these three unforgivable mistakes were made :

  • No bid price - if you do not provide a price for the product or service that you are going to supply then you will be disqualified. Government uses the Preferential Point System to determine a winning bid and the two pillars of the Preference Point System is Price and B-BBEE - not providing a price is detrimental to your bid response.
  • Bid price is too high or too low - it might sound absurd that having the highest or the lowest bid price can disqualify you but if the average price of all the responses are R24,000,000-00 and your price is R2,500,000-00 or R70,000-00 then there is obviously something wrong. When responding to a tender familiarise yourself with exactly what the Purchaser wants to procure and at what cost.
  • Correct Compulsory Documents - when responding to a bid ensure that you have attached all the Compulsory documents that the Government Entity has requested. There are reasons why they want to see your B-BBEE certificate or the Annual Financial Statements. Ignoring the request for Compulsory documents can lead to your bid response being disqualified.

The effect of these three mistakes made by the responders to the bid evaluated was that five of the ten bids were disqualified. The responders of this bid had a one out of ten chance to be successful but instead they got instantly disqualified.

The one common element we see when evaluating bid responses is that people who complete the bid responses are careless by not reading the bid document carefully to ensure that nothing is omitted.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Service Provider to Provide Service for Learner’s and Driver’s License for 39 People 2018-03-01 12:00 RFQ / 357
Conference facility with catering 2018-02-26 12:00 B651/2017/18
Supply: Gauge for spray Gun;1.3 Spray Gun;1.8 Spray Gun 2018-02-28 12:00 GD11800771
Service Provider to Train 50 Smme’s on the tender Document Processes 2018-03-01 12:00 RFQ / 358
Supply: Hardware items 2018-02-28 12:00 GG11800716
Appointment of a service provider to assist with the recruitment and selection process of Section 56 Managers 2018-02-27 12:00 RFQ 293/2017/18
Supply padlock; brass 2018-02-22 11:30 GG11800711
Accredited Firefighter 1 Training (Firefighter 1 course and Hazmat Awareness) 2018-02-27 11:00 296/2017/18
Supply ceramic tiles 2018-02-28 12:00 GG11800710
Trencing and Installation of Cables as and when required 2018-03-26 12:00 ENG012/2018
Provide Health Care Services - Medical Surveillance 2018-03-13 12:00 JCPZ/SHEQ01/2017
Recruitment Services 2018-03-13 12:00 JCPZ/HR03/2017
Monitoring and Inspection Services. 2018-03-13 12:00 JCPZ/RFP/NBD01/2017
To Operate, Maintain and to Supply Equipment in Sewer Treatment Plant 2018-03-27 10:00 MPPPSC001082
Supply solid SA pine timber 2018-02-28 12:00 GG11800714
Supply and deliver new borehole motor and pump combination 18.5KW 8.3l/s @ 125m (head) 2018-02-27 12:00 294/2017/18
Provision of Cleaning Services. 2018-03-14 11:00 OTT/444/201802
Request for Proposals are Invited for Investment in the Refurbishment and Management of the Rustenburg Showgrounds on a Long-Term Lease Basis 2018-03-27 10:00 RLM/DLED/0101/2017/18
Maintenance of Hydraulic Bin Compactors for two (2) years. 2018-03-15 14:00 58726
Request for Proposal for Drilling Two (2) Slim Hole Geologic Characterization Wells in the Zululand Basin for the South African Pilot Carbon Storage Project. 2018-03-16 11:00 435

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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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