Issue Date: 
Monday, November 10, 2014

The 8 steps in the Tender Adjudication process

By W van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

10 November 2014

It is important to understand the Adjudication process when one responds to a Tender or Request for Proposal. If you have these 8 steps under control when responding to tenders, chances are good that you will proceed to the next round.

Here are 8 steps in the adjudication process that Organs of State will most often follow in determining which bidder will win the tender:

  1. Opening and recording of tenders

When tenders are opened in public, the following features of each tender usually are announced and recorded:

  • The name of the tenderer;
  • The tender price as stated on the form of tender;
  • The number of B-BBEE points claimed by the tenderer;
  • Tenders usually are endorsed and dated with the approved tender stamp of the Organ of State or Private Entity.
  1. Determine whether or not tenders offers are complete

After the opening of tenders, the tender officials will determine the responsiveness of each tender by determining whether:

  • The tender complies with all the conditions of the tender or request for proposal;
  • The tender has been properly completed and signed;
  • The tender meets the minimum resource objectives;

Above are just some of the requirements that have to be met in order for your response to advance in the tender process. Any tender that does not meet the stipulated requirements will be regarded as being non-responsive. Non-responsive tenders will be eliminated from the adjudication process at this stage. All responsive tenders will proceed to the next stage.

  1. Price Review

The prices of all responsive tenders are checked for errors. Bidders who have tendered an unrealistically low price can be interviewed by the Organ of State to determine whether there is a valid reason for its tender price being unrealistically low. If the bidder can not supply a valid reason, the tender would most probably be eliminated from the tender adjudication process.

  1. Award of points for Functionality

Tenders that remain in contention will be awarded points for functionality.

  1. Awarding of points for Price

At this stage the points for price will be awarded according to the Preferential Points System. Prices are usually adjusted to a common base so that it can be comparable with each bidder`s price.

  1. Process review

At this stage the legitimacy of the B-BBEE Levels claimed by the bidders will be validated and recorded. If there are any reasons for eliminating tenders on the grounds of process review it will be recorded here.

  1. Summation of points

The points awarded for price and B-BBEE will be added for each tender and, subject to satisfactory risk analysis; the tender which has been awarded the highest total number of points will be recommended for acceptance.

  1. Risk Analysis

An Organ of State will do a risk analyses before acceptance of any tender to ensure that it would, if accepted, not place the Organ of State or the tenderer, at undue risk.

As one can see there are various elements that all contribute to the final awarding of a tender.

Please visit our website at www.how2tender.com for more on these as well as other interesting topics. 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 And Delivery of Paraffin (Re-advertisement). 2018-05-17 12:00 FBS/PAR-BTO-CL-MHLM 2017-18
Professional services: short term insurance portfolio for period of 3 years 2018-05-11 14:00 SCM 17/2018
Supply, Delivery, Installation and Commissioning Of 12KV Switchgear Panels. 2018-05-25 12:00 T38.17.18
Tender for the provision of Travel agency and associated services for King Cetshwayo District for the period ending 30 June 2021. 2018-05-28 12:00 KCDM/19/2018
Electrical and mechanical infrastructure for new inlet works at the Riversdale Wastewater Treatment Works – Phase 2B. 2018-06-01 12:00 HES-TECH 13/1718
Re-Advert: Supply and Delivery of ± 3 (Three) on / off Road Motorbikes by an accredited dealer 2018-05-15 12:00 BS 08/04/2018
Supply and delivery of building works material 2018-05-11 14:00 SCM 19/2018
Eden District Municipality Invasive species monitoring control and eradication plan for its properties. 2018-05-11 11:00 ITE/31/17-18
Printing of an IDP Document. 2018-05-11 11:00 ITE/32/17-18
Panel of service providers for supply and delivery of metering kiosk. 2018-05-11 12:00 A034-2017/18
Appointment of a Maximum of Two (02) Consultants for Designs, Supervision, Monitoring and Project Management of all Municipal Buildings and Community Facilities Projects for a period of 3 (three) years on an ad hoc basis 2018-05-29 12:00 BS01/04/2018
Panel of service providers for supply and delivery of streetlight fittings as and when required. 2018-05-11 12:00 A035-2017/18
Provision of bulk processing, printing, posting and distribution of monthly statements. 2018-05-11 12:00 A036-2017/18
Provisioning of professional services for the Offshore Baseline (OSSB) contamination study in the Port of Saldanha. 2018-05-11 10:00 TNPA SLD249/04/2018
Annual large herbivore survey in the protected areas in the North West province for a period of three years. 2018-05-15 11:00 NWPB/RFT/AERIAL GAME COUNT/002/2018
The Appointment of a service provider for the purchasing, delivery and commissioning of the following: Inductively Coupled Plasma Atom Emission Spectroscopy System and Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatograph coupled with an Ultraviolet Detector. 2018-05-17 11:00 4.4.12.2/4/18
Supply and Delivery of Dairy Products to Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) Departments Institutions and State Information Technology Agency (SITA) for a period of 36 months. 2018-05-18 11:00 GT/GPT/068/2018
Supply and Delivery of Dry Groceries and Toiletries to GPG Departments and SITA for a period of 36 Months. 2018-05-18 11:00 GT/GPT/069/2018
Request to go out on an urgent RFB to acquire an alternative suitable office space for SITA Mpumalanga Nelspruit through an operating lease for an initial minimum period of 5 years with an option to / renew/ extend for a maximum of another (5) five years. 2018-05-18 11:00 RFB 1731/2018
Rendering of Security Services for Various Areas within the WC024 Municipal Jurisdiction, Until 30 June 2021 2018-06-01 12:00 BSM 87/18

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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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