Issue Date: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Basic Tips for Successful Tendering

1. Obtain the actual tender document as quickly as possible

Once you have identified a tender that you would like to try and win, obtain the tender documents (these are usually downloadable from the relevant website) as quickly as possible and ascertain if \and when there is a compulsory briefing meeting. Some tenders have a compulsory briefing meeting, if you miss this meeting you can be disqualified from competing for the tender.

2. Read the terms and conditions of the tender carefully

Read the entire tender document carefully. If there is a compulsory meeting, make sure you attend the meeting and sign the meeting register, and make sure that you have read the Terms of Reference for the tender before attending the meeting. This is your opportunity to raise any issues with the relevant people.

If the meeting is not compulsory, we suggest you attend the meeting nevertheless, as you will gain insight into what is expected of the successful bidder and you can then make an informed decision as to whether to apply for the tender and what to highlight in your application in order to increase your chances of success.

Identify the process of responding; be it by hard copy to be delivered at a tender box or an electronic submission. Most tenders require a hard copy to be physically delivered to a tender box before a specified closing date and time.

Read the tender document from beginning to end, then, complete the tender documents carefully and attach all required supporting documents.

If your tender documents are not filled in properly, of if any of the accompanying documents such as your BEE certificate or Tax Clearance Certificate are not supplied, you will be disqualified from the adjudication process.

3. Submit before closing date

Failure to submit a tender on time is grounds for disqualification. Tender officials will not even open your tender if it is not received on time. Make sure you allow sufficient time for your tender to be delivered to the relevant tender box; this may be in a different city to where you live. If you intend to use a courier service to deliver your tender allow a minimum of 48 hours for them to deliver.

4. Price Competitively - Demonstrate you competency

Generally speaking, price is the number one consideration in the awarding of tenders. There are of course other factors that need to be focused on to increase the chances of success these are; demonstrating innovativeness, capacity to deliver by submitting a picture gallery of your previous work, or testimonials of satisfied customers.

Make sure that you show proof of your ability to deliver on the work you have tendered for.

5. Confirm that your tender documents have been received

There have been numerous instances where tender boxes have been tampered with. Our recommendation is to call and ensure that the person, for whom the tender was intended, has in fact received it, then follow your call up with a confirmatory email.

6. Keep a copy of your submitted tender document with all its attachments

This is necessary for your own records and knowledge base for future tenders. It is also a vital back-up should the documents you submitted go missing.

 
Title Closing Date Tender No.
Printing Solution Equipment: Multi-Function Copier Rental Maintanance and Consumables 2018-02-27 12:00 ANDM/CPS/43/14/12/17
Supply: Plants 2018-03-01 16:00 GC11800521
Supply: Plants 2018-03-01 16:00 GC11800522
Supply: Plants 2018-03-01 16:00 GC11800522
Supply pre-packed stationery kits 2018-03-01 12:00 GG11800722
Invitation to bid: Internet upgrade for Maphumulo Municipality 2018-03-09 12:00 KZN294/C0086-4CORP/2017/18
Contractor Roleleathunya: Phase 1 Construction of 1,7KM paved access roads with related storm water. 2018-03-09 14:00 SCM/MOH/05/2018
Appointment of a Heritage Consultant to compile a detailed report to give effect to the record of decision (ROD) and incorporate the recommendations of the latest status quo report on Vlakkeland (Ikhwezi) erf 19519 (daljosafat), Paarl 2018-03-01 10:00 DIP0001798
Professional Engineers: Upgrading of the Rouxville Landfill Site. 2018-03-09 14:00 SCM/MOH/08/2018
Refurbish car shade ports 2018-03-01 09:00 SP11800110
Appointment of a design company to design signage for a heritage building owned by Drakensetin building: Arendsnes Buisiness Hive, Wellington. 2018-03-01 10:00 DIP0001797
Irrigation System Upgrade 2018-03-06 09:00 SP11800111
Replace floodlights at 3 masts at Paarl Waste Water Treatment Plant 2018-03-01 10:00 DIE0013266
Wet-Wall System Upgrade 2018-03-06 09:00 SP11800112
Supply and delivery of sound system 2018-02-27 11:00 GK1180421A
Supply: 3-in-1 combination fans 2018-02-27 12:00 GL11800592
Hired of Venter Trailer - 750kg 2018-02-26 09:00 WJ11800342
To appoint a consultant for recruitment and selection services 2018-03-01 10:00 DCG0010653
Supply wooden portable tool box 2018-02-26 12:00 GD11800762
Supply Pvc kanaflex and lay flat pipes 2018-02-27 12:00 GD11800763

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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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