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.
Upgrade to the Facade of the Existing Life Sciences Building located at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Westville Campus 2018-07-16 12:00 RFB UKZN 32/18
Dismantling and Construction of 33 and 132 KV Overhead Power Lines and optical ground wire within the Msunduzi Municipal Electrical Network for a period of three years 2018-07-27 12:00 SCM 1R OF 17/18
Internal and External Restoration of MTB Building, Howard Campus 2018-07-16 12:00 RFB UKZN 31/18
Appointment of a Service Provider to Develop Seventeen New Policies and Review and update of Four Existing Policies for the Free State, North West and Northern Cape Regions 2018-07-16 11:00 RFP/DNP/201781
Supply, delivery and installation of photocopiers for the Free State, North West and Northern Cape regions for a period of 36 months 2018-07-20 11:00 SW/SDIP/201780
Appointment of a reputable service provider to render travel and accommodation services in the department for a period of 3 years. 2018-07-23 11:00 SCMU14-18/19-0011
Appointment of a panel of event management companies to organize and manage the commemoration of national days and hosting of related departmental events for a period of 3 years. 2018-07-17 11:00 SCMU14-18/19-0008
Panel of Supply & Delivery of Road Kerbs, Paving Slabs, Catch Pits & Erosion Protection Blocks, Crusher Run & Aggregate for Concrete and Road Surfacing, Stormwater Pipes and Culverts for a period of Three years. 2018-07-16 12:00 3/2/17/2017-18
Terms of references to offer conferencing and accommodation facilities for 160 delegates in Gauteng. 2018-07-16 11:00 BID NO: SCMU: 03 - 2018/19
Appointment of a service provider to conduct impact assessments on INSETA Funded programmes. 2018-07-17 11:00 Lear/2018/04
USAASA HO Office Space Tender. 2018-07-17 11:00 USAASA-OFS/01/2018
Procurement of a travel management services to co-ordinate and manage all air travel, accommodation, car rentals, venue for conferences/meetings and workshops for a period of three years. 2018-07-17 12:00 CE 324
Supply, installation, management and maintenance of a Fully Integrated Voice Response (IVR) solution for Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality for a period of three years. 2018-07-17 12:00 CE 326
Pre-qualification for Electrical & Civil works for Substations. 2018-07-17 10:00 MdB18/14
Supply and delivery of Kit Armature. 2018-07-17 10:00 TE18-KDS-6FA-04183
Design, Manufacture, Supply and Installation of a Coil Stacking System for Transnet SOC LTD operating at Transnet Port Terminals (hereinafter referred to as "TPT") at the Port of Saldanha Multi-Purpose Terminals. 2018-07-17 10:00 iCLM HQ 220/TPT
Service provider to support the strategic planning process for the 2019/20 planning cycle. 2018-07-17 11:00 RFP109/2018
To Supply and Manage Reception Personnel for Facilities. 2018-07-25 10:00 MPGXC004907 (Re-issue)
Consultancy Services for the Development of e-Governance Framework and an e-Government Implementation Guidelines (Toolkit) for the African Union Member States 2018-07-30 15:00 AUC/IED/C/309
Boiler and Auxiliary Plant Washing Services During Outages on an as and wen required basis over a 5 year Period at Matla. 2018-07-30 10:00 MPGXC004853R

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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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