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.
Supply, Delivery, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of Heart Lung Machine at Charllotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and Steve Biko Academic Hospital 2017-08-11 11:00 GT/ GDH/ 101/ 2017
Sterile Gauze Swabs 100 X 100mm 8ply (500 Pouches in a box) 2017-08-04 11:00 ZNQ 092 2017/ 18
Dressing Transparent Polyurethane Adhesive Dressing Frame Style 10 cm x 12 cm (box of 50) x 1500 boxes. 2017-08-02 11:00 42/ 05/ 17
Dressing hypafix, low allergy dressing retention sheet (10 cm x 10m) x 1200 rolls 2017-08-02 11:00 35/ 05/ 17
Analyser blood gas (cassette type) x 1 -(specification attached ) 2017-08-02 11:00 78/ 05/ 17
Suture Ethilon/Nylon black monofilament reverse cutting double (RC2),0,2 Metric ,30cm USP 10/0 u7000 /A2516 (box of 12) x 80 boxes 2017-08-02 11:00 97/ 07/ 17
Warming unit, patient forced air x 10 2017-08-02 11:00 82/ 05/ 17
Warming unit fluid x 4 - (specification attached) 2017-08-02 11:00 83/ 05/ 17
Supply and delivery of Prosthetic Consumables 2017-08-11 11:00 GT/ GDH/ 103/ 2017
Supply and delivery of Urology Consumables for Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital 2017-08-11 11:00 GT/ GDH/ 102/ 2017
Supply: 06 boxes suture vicryl 3/0 v497 box/12 2017-07-31 11:00 ZNQ 115/ 17/ 18
Supply: 36 units tube e/t plain 2.0mm 2017-07-31 11:00 ZNQ 424/ 17/ 18
Supply: 07 boxes opthalmic sponcals including stick box/180 2017-07-31 11:00 ZNQ 415/ 17/ 18
Supply: 102 boxes suture monocryl gauge 3/0 w3202 box/12 2017-07-31 11:00 ZNQ 399/ 17/ 18
Supply: 100 units tube e/t plain 6.5mm. 2017-07-31 11:00 ZNQ 428/ 17/ 18
Supply: 100 units tube e/t plain 7.5mm 2017-07-31 11:00 ZNQ 430/ 17/ 18
Supply: 33 units tube e/t plain 3.0mm 2017-07-31 11:00 ZNQ 425/ 17/ 18
Supply: 974 units splints i.v neonatal 2017-07-31 11:00 ZNQ 416/ 17/ 18
Supply: 100 boxes suture nylon 2/0 8290cc=w795=820-79 box/12 2017-07-31 11:00 ZNQ 401/ 17/ 18
Supply: 1500 Units needle spinal pencil point (brown) 26gx90mm 2017-07-31 11:00 ZNQ 457/ 17/ 18

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Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids (tenders) you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids (tenders) as follows:

  • The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points... Read More
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