Issue Date: 
Monday, November 24, 2014

6 Reasons why tenders fail

By W van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

24 November 2014

There are many reasons why your tender response might fail. Here are six reasons why tender responses usually fail:

  1. Pricing

A tender response has to be competitive. It has to be competitive in pricing as well as good value for money. It is not to say that if your price is the lowest, you will be awarded the tender. If your supply is under par it can cost you a tender.

  1. Administrative reasons

Administrative errors can cause your tender to be disqualified. You might forget to sign the tender or to initial every page. Perhaps your tender is late or you submit it into the wrong tender box. These errors are all causes for your tender being disqualified.

  1. Missing information

Ensure that you supply all the additional information that the tender asks for. It is always good to read the tender document thoroughly whilst making a list of all the additional documents that will be required. As soon as you are finished with your tender response tick every item on the list that you have made.

  1. Unclear proposal

Communication is everything. In order to stand a change of winning a tender you have to communicate your supply in such a way that it is clearly understood what you are offering. Ensure that your writing skills are up-to-date. Write in understandable English.

  1. Requirements not met

This point can be confused with point 3, but it is not the same. Together with additional information come specific and general requirements. These requirements will be picked up by the responder when examining the tender document. Ensure that you meet all the requirements and if there are any requirements that you are not sure how to respond to, ask. Once you have clarity regarding difficult requirements you can respond properly. Not responding to all requirements of a tender may lead to disqualification of your tender response.

  1. Be precise

When responding to a tender be precise, especially when it comes to describing your tender supply. If the supply is of foreign origin ensure to mention that in your proposal.

For more 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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