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.
After service repairs to Infra Red Scanning and Distribution board as per report. 2018-05-02 11:00 ZNQ 20/ 18
The Provision of Local Radiation Protection Monitors to support Outages, Projects and on an as and when required basis. 2018-05-22 10:00 KBG1845
Supply, Install, Commissioning of Tools, Equipments and Machinery for the Plumbing Workshop. 2018-05-23 11:00 EEC/ T05/ 2018
Remove damaged theatre light head and replace with new theatre light head of the same specification x 01 unit 2018-05-01 11:00 ZNQ 04/ 04/ 2018
Rendering of a Cleaning Service at Swellendam District Hospital Which Includes Swellendam Clinic, Otto Du Plessis District Hospital and Bredasdorp Clinics, Department of Health, Western Cape Government for a three (3) year period 2018-05-18 11:00 WCGHSC0149/ 2018
Supply and Delivery of Bogies at Transnet Engineering in Koedoespoort at Coaches Business. 2018-05-22 10:00 TE18-KDS-18Z-02865
Rendering of a Telephonic Interpretation Service for the Department Of Health, Western Cape Government for a two (2)year period 2018-05-22 11:00 WCGHSC0146/ 2018
Supply and Delivery of Drawbar for Transnet Engineering Koedoespoort in Coaches Business. 2018-05-22 10:00 TE18-KDS-18Z-02866
Annual service to domestic hot water supply as per attached specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 06 / 18 / 19
Major Service to Medical Gas Plant as per attahed specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 17 / 18 / 19
Major service to air-conditions for all clinic under Bethesda Hospital as per attached specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 24 / 18 / 19
Design, develop and implement the Data Platform together with Transnet Engineering R&D. 2018-05-22 10:00 TE18-KDS-8DV-02926
Annual Service to Fire Equipment for all Clinics Under Bethesda Hospital as per attahed specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 10 / 18 / 19
Service of UPS for hospital as per attached specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 12 / 18 / 19
Annual service to Lillipud Plant at Ophansi Clinics under Bethesda Hospital as per attached specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 15 / 18 / 19
Annual service to ventilation as per attached specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 22 / 18 / 19
Annual service to swimming pool as per attached specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 05 / 18 / 19
For the design, fabrication, supply, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of tapping points on the Boiler and Turbine Plant of Unit 4 and 6 at Duvha Power Station. 2018-05-23 10:00 MPPPSC001078R
Service of UPS for all Clinics Under Bethesda Hospital as per attahed specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 11 / 18 / 19
Major service to refrigeration for all clinics under Bethesda Hospital as per attached specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 26 / 18 / 19

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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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