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.
Supply: Tunic, Man’s (Qty 2150 ea), Trousers, Men’s (Qty 2050 pr), Shirts, Man’s; Tropical (Qty 5000 ea). 2018-04-17 11:00 SPSC- B- 052- 2017
Request for proposal to dispose Office Furniture and Equipment for GPAA. 2018-03-16 11:00 GPAA 04/ 2018
Request for proposal to dispose ICT equipment for GPAA. 2018-03-16 11:00 GPAA 03/ 2018
Request for proposal for the appointment of a service provider to project manage the Design@50 skills development programme 2018-03-15 11:00 GGDA/ 17/ 2017- 18/ GIDZ_DESIGN@ 50
Sales of vehicles: Colesberg Management Area: Correctional Centre: Once -off 2018-03-09 11:00 COBQ 01/ 2018
Supply, delivery & installation of palisade fencing at Tshabo RED Hub 2018-03-16 11:00 SCMU 12 – 2017/18
The objective of this bid is to appoint a service provider to conduct research within the wholesale and retail sector to update the current SSP. 2018-03-16 11:00 SSP/ 2018/ 0004
The objective of this bid is to appoint Accredited Training Providers and TVET Colleges to up skill and train 220 18.2 members from 10 Cooperatives within the Northern Cape and 10 within the North West Provinces on W&RSETA Skills Programmes. 2018-03-16 11:00 RDO/ 2018/ 0010
Drivers License Training Programme 2018-03-27 11:00 ZNB 1413/ 18 T
The purpose of this bid is to invite Accredited Training Providers to train and up skill 550 18.2 learners identified within the AmaNdlambe AkuGompo Villages, AmaHleke Villages and Ten Traditional Councils within Nqgushwa Local Municipality. 2018-03-16 11:00 RDO/ 2018/ 0008
The objective of this bid is to appoint and contract Accredited Training Providers and TVET Colleges with Accreditation and/or scope with the W&RSETA to offer W&RSETA Unit Standards. 2018-03-16 11:00 RDO/ 2018/ 0009
Pretoria: Bryntirion Heritage: Construction of gate 1 and 2 as well as the Dog Unit 2018-03-27 11:00 Pt18/ 005
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the appointment of individual entities or groups of service providers consisting of a bank(s) as well as System Operators to enter into an agreement to provide banking services to SANRAL. 2018-03-23 14:00 NRA
Repair and Renovation to existing Community Library in Barkley West 2018-03-26 11:00 DRPW 044/ 2017
Provision of travel management services at SANAS for a period of 36 months 2018-03-09 11:00 SANAS/ TRAVEL/ 2017- 18/ 02
Department of Labour: Procurement of alternative Office accommodation comprising 2 533.64m² and 20 Parking Bays in Germiston CBD for a period of three (3) years 2018-03-16 11:00 JHB.17/ 41
Request for proposals from property management companies or landlords to lease office space in the Midrand area. 2018-03-16 11:00 RFP/ SASSETA/ 1718006
Appointment of a service provider for the infrastructure / refurbishment / construction including consequential general building, electrical, mechanical, civil and engineering works at DHA offices and Ports of Entry for a period of three (3) years 2018-03-16 11:00 DHA05- 2018
Rendering of security service to the Northern Cape Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. 2018-03-16 11:00 NCDSAC- 004- 2017
Re-Advert - Appointment of a CIDB registered contractor for the construction of a technology laboratory building at the University of Venda 2018-03-02 11:00 019- 2017/ 2018

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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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