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.
Supply, delivery and installation of photocopiers at Electoral Commission [IEC] Local Offices, South Africa 2017-08-11 11:00 0010359775
Supply, delivery and installation of office furniture - Electoral Commission Local Offices throughout South Africa 2017-08-11 11:00 0010360455
Bandages - Adhesive Plaster - Size: 50mm X 4.5mt Long. as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 538/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Bandages - Plaster of Paris - Size: 200mm X 3.5mt. as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 536/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Bandages - Crepe - Size: 100mm X 4.5mt. as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 534/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Bladeless Atraumatic Trocar With Stability Sleeve - Size: 12mm 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 531/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Karman Cannulae with Adaptor 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 529/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Linear Cutter - 75mm. 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 521/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Adhesive Dressing - Absorbent/ Water Proof / Fluid - Size 25cm X 10cm 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 520/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Laproscopic Reload - Sterile - Latex Free as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 530/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Neonatal Splint - Size: +- 8 to 9 Cm in Length and 2.5cm to 3cm Wide as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 526/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Ultrasonic Dissecting Instrument (Focus) as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 525/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Atraumatic Graspers - 5mm - Length 36cm - Reusable 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 524/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Curved Cutter / Stapler - Size: 3.0mm Length X 3.5mm Height 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 523/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Modified Bipolar Vessel Sealing Device, Single Use -Small Jaw. as per Specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 522/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Tubing, Latex (205) as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 398/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Ligasure Impact Tissue Fusion - Open Instrument - Size: 13.5mm. as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 355/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Catheter - Argyle - 40cm - Size 22g, as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 299/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Patient Plate With Cable - Single Use. as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 208/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Auto Suture Gia Premium 50mm X 3.8mm Loading Unit as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 95/ 17 - 18 GAZ

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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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