Issue Date: 
Monday, December 1, 2014

5 basic mistakes made by bidders

Article by W van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

1 December 2014

Business owners and/or their employees make many mistakes when they respond to tenders or request for proposals. These mistakes can have a major impact on the result of your bid. Here are five common mistakes that responders to tenders make on a regular basis:

  1. Forgetting to sign

This might be the most common mistake that responders to tenders make. The reason being; there are a lot of different documents to be signed in one tender and responders can easily skip an important document that needs to be signed. Double check every page of your tender document before sending it of for evaluation.

  1. Out dated documents

Ensure that all your registration certificates as well as your tax clearance certificate and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) certificate are all up to date and valid.

  1. Certified copies

It can be time consuming and sometimes very frustrating to get copies of documents certified as true copies. The fact is if you do not get it certified or if your response to a tender contains copies of documents that are not certified, your response to that specific tender will be disqualified and all your efforts would have been for nothing.

  1. Failing to complete all the forms

Be sure that you complete each and every form that is in the tender response. This boils down to the old saying that we keep on talking about and that is to read the whole tender document. Tender forms might look alike in all the tenders but believe you me; some clever official might just decide that they want something extra added to their tender. If you do not read everything in the tender document you might just miss out on this and your tender can be marked as non-responsive.

  1. Authority to sign

This document might seem unnecessary to some but unfortunately this document must be part of all tenders, especially tenders that are done by employees of companies. Remember that if you are a director of the company and there are other directors in your company, you as the responder to the tender must have authority to sign. This authority must have been obtained at a Board meeting of your company. Failing to have authority to sign a tender document might lead to the disqualification of your tender response.

Our tender manual contains a specimen of an authority to sign as well as other important information on Tenders and how to respond to them. Please visit our website at www.how2tender.com. You will also find our Tender Manual there – the Tender Manual guides you through the whole process of responding to a Tender or a Request for Proposal.

Until next time.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of a service provider for the procurement of protective clothing for hundred (100) community members to embark on Bush Encroachment and Allien Species Control Project (as part of Soil Rehabilitation Programme) in the Oretele Agri-Hub Grazing at Makapanstad Village which is located in Moretele Local Municipality in Bojanala District Municipality, North West Province 2018-03-01 11:00 NW-TEN 02 (011) 17/18
Provision of emergency medical service on 24 hours basis 7 days a week including Wilge properties personnel, Khutala Mine, Kusile and first aid training only for emergency care team members at Kendal Power Station for the period of 3 years. 2018-03-26 10:00 MPGXC005059
Appointment of an Environmental Consultant to execute an Environmetal Impact Assessment (EIA) Process for the Proposed Matlosana Agri-Hub, situated in the Remainder of Portion 1 of the Farm Townlands of Klerksdorp 424 IP in Matlosana Local Municipality under Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality in the North West Province 2018-03-01 11:00 NW-TEN 02 (009) 17/18
Supply: Capacity Building- Ward 33 Seniors Event: Cooler bag and mugs 2018-02-26 12:00 GL11800575
Appointment of an environmental consultant to execute an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process for the proposed Vryburg Agri-Hub, situated in Commonage ERF506 Camp G in Naledi Local Municipality under Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality in the North West Province 2018-03-01 11:00 NW-TEN 02 (008) 17/18
Request for proposals for production of a documentary video on illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing in Africa 2018-03-23 15:00 AUC/IED/119
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

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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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