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.
Couplings Straight 20 Mm X 3/4" Male Polypropylen E For Hdpe Pipe 2018-12-21 11:00 SQ12181326
Clamps Centre Phase Pole For 22kv Single Pole Construction As Per Drawing A2/539 Available At Purchase Office, Harrower Road, P.E 2018-12-21 11:00 SQ12181326
Adaptors Flanged 100 Mm Iron Class "C" Drilled 4504 Table 16 F.B.E. Coated Blue. 2018-12-21 11:00 SQ12181327
Pipes Pvc 96 Mm Class 16 -Supplied In 6 Meter Lengths. 2018-12-21 11:00 SQ12181327
Toilet Seat Double Flap Complete With Bolts & Nuts Colour White National N I P Fs28b 2018-12-21 11:00 SQ12181327
Request for Proposal for Airport Economic, Social and Environmental Impact Study for five (5) years 2019-02-15 11:00 COR5649/2018/R
Tenders are invited from an international rating agency who is a registered CRA to perform Annual Credit Rating 2018-12-21 11:00 CSQ12181512
Ballcock 25 Mm Rough Brass 1090 Fi Sabs, Jaswic Approved. 2018-12-21 11:00 SQ12181329
Ballcock 20mm Rough Brass Cobra 1090 Fi Sabs . Jaswic Approved. 2018-12-21 11:00 SQ12181329
Ballcock 15 Mm Rough Brass 1090 Cobra S.A.B.S. (Jaswic Approved) 2018-12-21 11:00 SQ12181329
Supply & Delivery of Poles Steel Heavy Duty Galvanised Type H Straight No Bow Single Spigot 2018-12-21 11:00 SQ12181330
Supply & deliver Light Commercial Tyres 195/R15/C 2018-12-18 11:00 SQ12181331
Tenders are invited to Supply and Deliver Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) for Spectrophotometer 2018-12-18 11:00 GQ12182009
Tenders are invited for Monthly Service to provide Data Services for 1200 Data Cards Registered on the MTN APN as per Account : A1387418 2018-12-18 11:00 CSQ12181510
Tenders are invited for Monthly Service for Providing a Private APN Service on the MTN Network as per Mtn Account Number 071441 2018-12-18 11:00 CSQ12181510
Tenders are invited to Supply and Deliver Wooden Boards 2018-12-18 11:00 GQ12182006
Tenders are invited to provide Stack Emissions Testing Training 2018-12-19 11:00 CSQ12181509
Tenders are invited to provide Electromagnetic Radiation Training 2018-12-19 11:00 CSQ12181509
Rental Of Photocopier Machines for a period of 36 months 2019-01-11 12:00 104/2018
Invitation for the provision of security services at Ngaka Modiri Molema District for the department of social development 2019-01-29 11:00 NW/DSD/04/2018

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Advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums

Consortiums are often considered as entities to use when responding to tenders in South Africa. The question that arises is whether to use a Consortium or a Joint Venture when responding to a tender. To help you with this we have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages for both Consortiums as well as Joint Ventures. In this article we list the advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums. Look out for the same article on Joint Ventures.

Consortiums Advantages:

  • Easy to establish as there are no formal procedures... Read More
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