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.
Colostomy Bags for infant x 20 Boxes 2018-10-26 11:00 ZNQ 426/ 2018
Colostomy Bags for new born x10 boxes 2018-10-26 11:00 ZNQ 373/ 2018
Safety Intravenous cannula with introducer needle and needle lock device 18G , 1.3 x 45mm , 100ml/Min ( 50/Box ) 2018-10-26 11:00 ZNQ 80- 2018/ 19
Supply, Install & Commission Three New Domestic Calorifiers as per specification. 2018-10-30 11:00 ZNQ NO.3072/ 09/ 18
Ent Ear Duckball Elevator Curved 2.2mm Blade, 14cm Length 2018-10-30 11:00 ZNQ NO.2474/ 08/ 18
Quik Fil Filling Adaper. 2018-10-30 11:00 ZNQ NO.2404/ 08/ 18
Mepitel Mesh Dressing With Safety Technology 20 X 31cm. 2018-10-30 11:00 ZNQ NO.1848/ 07/ 18
Glucometer Sticks For The Gluco Sure Autocode 2018-10-30 11:00 ZNQ NO.1805/ 07/ 18
Argyle Thoracic Catheter Drain 40fr 2018-10-30 11:00 ZNQ NO.734/ 05/ 18
Rendering, Manufacturing, Repairing, Fitting and Supplying of Aids for Orthotic and Prosthetic Services to Institutions in the Eden and Central Karoo District Under Western Cape Government the Department of Health for a three year Period 2018-11-16 11:00 WCGHCC031/ 1/ 2018
Ethibond Suture Gauge 5. 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 373/ 1819
Fluid Administrative Giving Set - High Capacity 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 856/ 1819
Intravenous Catheter (Cannula & Needle) 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 672/ 1819
Feeds-Tpn Contracts For 3 Years 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 962/ 1819
Surgiflo Haemostatic Matrix Plus Flexitip Size: 12ml Syringe 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 829/ 1819
Intravenous Catheter (Cannula & Needle) 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 957/ 1819
Surgical Stockings Small 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 259/ 1819
Intravenous Catheter (Cannula & Needle). Size : 16g. 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 671/ 1819
Butterfly Needle 18g -Neonate/Paeds. 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 709/ 1819
Percutaneous Tracheostomy Kits Cuffed. 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 625/ 1819

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