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.

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Information on Water Treatment System 2019-03-01 10:00 CORP 4647
Consulting engineering services for the routine road maintenance of national route N2 section 10 km 73.40 to section 11 km 71.74 and national route R75 section 1 km 0 to section 2 km 25.93 and national route R335 section 1 km 0 to km 30.12 2019-02-04 10:00 X.003-031-2019/1F
Panel of professional services (civil, building, mechanical, electrical and environmental) for a period of three (03) years 2019-02-08 12:00 T32/2018
The Replacement and Maintenance of Signages at O R Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) for A Period Of 60 Months 2019-01-31 11:00 COR5652/2018/RFP
Supply and Delivery of Stationery for SABC Offices at Auckland Park on an “as and when” Requiredd Basis, for a Period of Three (3) Years 2019-01-11 12:00 RFP/LOG/2018/19
Maintenance of Electricals and HVAC Controls Systems 2019-02-01 11:00 ORT5749/2018/RFP
Replacement of TVOB camera equipment. 2018-12-18 12:00 RFP/TVO/2018/76
Supply and Delivery of 10 X 290 2wd Sunroof 60 Kw Tractors for Zululand District Municipality 2018-12-19 12:00 ZDM 111/2018
An Enabling Agreement (EA) for Design, Supply, Delivery, Installation, Commissioning, Training, Support and Repairs of Operational Technology (OT) Voice and Regional Operational Voice Control System on an "as and when required" basis for a period of 5 (Five) years. 2019-02-07 10:00 CORP4640
Refurbish Fit and Install Lime Feeder Machine at Withoogte Purification Plant 2018-12-19 12:00 6/5/2/387
Eskom to conduct tests at the supplier's laboratory for determination of the current withstand of medium voltage overhead line hardware over period of three (3) years on an "as and when required" basis 2019-02-08 10:00 CORP 4609
Appointment of service provider to upgrade and installation of a security systems at Council for Geoscience Head Office. 2019-02-08 11:00 CGS-2018-041A
Request for proposal for pilot project for leak detection on Rand Water pipelines using satellite technology 2019-02-08 12:00 RFP00552/18
Compilation of the 2017/2018 MIG Annual Report 2018-12-20 12:00 RFQ/501
Request for proposal for development of economically viable solutions for the handling, disposal and reuse of water treatment residue at Rand Water 2019-02-08 12:00 RFP00553/18
Copper Tube 28mm Class 2, Sabs 460 2018-12-21 11:00 SQ12181326
Couplings 15 Mm X 20 Mm Reducing Male I.T.C. Cobra Or Q D-2rxs - Sans 10525/1 Approved. 2018-12-21 11:00 SQ12181326
Elbow 3/4" X 22mm X 90 Deg. Male I.T.C. D8xs (Sabs Approval Required On Coupling) 2018-12-21 11:00 SQ12181326
Developing, hosting and managing Black Umbrellas virtual incubation platform 2019-01-21 17:00 No reference supplied
Coupling 15 Mm Straight C.T.C. D-1xs (Sabs Approval Required On Coupling) -Sans 10525/1 Approved 2018-12-21 11:00 SQ12181326

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