Issue Date: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

8 Rules When Submitting Your Tender Response

We recently presented our tender workshop: 'How to respond to a tender correctly', and we realized that there are still people that struggle when it comes to submitting their tender response.

Here below are eight rules to follow, when submitting your tender response.

All tender invitations have their own submission instructions. It is of the utmost importance that you follow these instructions. These instructions can usually be found at the beginning of the tender invitation, and include instructions such as:

  1. Closing date - which is the last day that the tender response can be submitted.
  2. Closing times - VERY IMPORTANT - do not be late! If the Closing time is at 11H00 it means 11H00 sharp. Most procurement entities will indicate on the tender invitation document that the time they use is the time given by dialing Telkom's 1026 line. This is the official time in South Africa.
  3. Ensure that you submit the correct number of copies required. You do not want the procuring entity to take your tender response apart in order to copy it. Remember that there are several Bid Evaluation Committee members and each of them must have a copy of your tender response to evaluate it.
  4. Be mindful that the procuring entity can request different formats of your tender response, e.g. they can request a hard/soft copy or both.
  5. When you deliver your tender response ensure that it is into the correct tender box. Many procuring entities have more than one tender box.
  6. If you must provide samples together with your tender response, ensure that the samples are also delivered to the correct address. Sometimes the samples need to be delivered to a different address as the tender response, ensure you follow the delivering instructions carefully.
  7. Envelopes - make sure your tender response is in a sealed envelope and that it is addressed correctly. Sometimes there is a TWO envelope procedure. Ensure you are following the correct procedure, which the procuring entity is using.
  8. Finally, write the address in a legible handwriting. If they cannot read it - your tender response will not be considered.

By following these rules, you will ensure that your tender response is considered for evaluation.    

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. Workshop dates are published on our website at www.how2tender.com. For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at werner@how2tender.com.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd. which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of a panel of contractors to provide desludging services of VIP toilets and septic tanks at Dr JS moroka Local Municipality for a period of 36 months (as and when required). 2018-09-19 12:00 69518
Appointment of a professional service provider to provide a project management system for a period of 36 months. 2018-09-19 12:00 51574
The implementation of Maths and Science programme. 2018-09-21 10:00 CORP4540
Design, Manufacture and Install VPI Curing Oven for Transnet Engineering, RM Business. 2018-09-25 10:00 TE18-SRX-1DF-06267-CIDB
Tender for design, manufacturing, supply, installation, commissioning, and putting into service the direct virus testing facility (with lab testing equipment) at Rand Water Vereeniging Analytical Services (Minimum CIDB Grading 6GB / 5GB PE) 2018-09-21 12:00 RW01396/17
Supply and delivery of Traffic Patrol Vehicles (Light Delivery Vehicles 2018-09-07 11:00 BV 723/2018
Supply Surf boards 2018-08-22 12:00 GG11900274
Service of Gallery Analyser for Breede Valley Municipality’s Laboratory. 2018-08-28 11:00 286703
Supply: Medals 2018-08-27 12:00 GG11900277
Supply Sport equipment 2018-08-27 12:00 GG11900276
Procurement of grade 11 MST camp: Academic and role modeling 2018-09-03 12:00 CS/SCM/COO/MST/R18-19/26
Appointment of an accredited external water testing laboratory for AgriZone for a period of three years. 2018-09-14 11:00 DTP/RFP/11/AGZ/06/2018
Exterior painting at Wellington, Civic Centre 2018-08-30 10:00 BK016 (DIC0025814)
Procurement of grade 8 and 9 MST camp: Academic and role modeling 2018-09-03 12:00 CS/SCM/COO/MST/R18-19/27
The Department of Public Enterprises invites service providers to submit a proposal to assist the Department to manage and render an in-house canteen service. 2018-09-03 11:00 DPE 6/2018-2019
New vinyl floor covering at Soup Kitchen 2018-08-30 10:00 BK015 (DIC0025816)
Civil Engineering Services for the implementation of Rea Vaya Phase 1C Greenstone Bus Terminal for design review and contract administration. 2018-09-14 12:00 JDA/GT001
Supply: 6 each x vibration detection sensor iq2400s5-m12c 2018-08-27 12:00 GD11900208
Precinct Study, Noorder Perel, Paarl 2018-08-23 10:00 DIP0001964
Supply Equipment for metro farmworkers. 2018-08-22 12:00 GG11900273

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