Issue Date: 
Monday, June 30, 2014

Composition of Tender documents

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

30 June 2014

I had the privilege to respond to a Request for Proposal document last week. The Request for Proposal was for a State Owned Company. One thing that has bothered me frequently is how bad Tender and Request for Proposal documents are compiled. This Request for Proposal that I did last week was no exception.

I sometimes get the idea that the people (or person) that compiles these tender documents do not know exactly how to do it. Sometimes it seems like they had copy and paste a previous document that is more or less the same as their tender. The reason I`m saying this is because there are forms in the Tender document that is not at all applicable to the Tender that one has to respond to. This is confusing for the Responder. You as the Responder to the Tender is already nervous and unsure and putting unnecessary forms into the tender document are not helping ones` cause.

Another obvious mistake that I have come across is where the Organ of State request normal BEE information and not B-BBEE information. What is the difference you ask? It is where they ask the Responder to state the Equity Ownership of the Enterprise that is responding to the tender. They also neglect to ask for your B-BBEE certificate. In 2007 the new Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act came into effect whereby an Enterprise is measured according its B-BBEE scorecard. Before the B-BBEE Act, Enterprises were measured on there Equity Ownership - the more equity black people had in an Enterprise, the more likely it was to win a tender. Because of the unfairness of this the Government changed Black Economic Empowerment to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment.

If you respond to a tender and you get these types of tender documents that are not compiled correctly I suggest the following:

  • Where you have to respond to forms that are not applicable to your business or to the product that you are bidding for, just draw a line through the document and say NOT APPLICABLE. A good example of this is the Standard Bidding Document 5 which deals with the National Industrial Participation Programme. The chances are very little that your SMME is going to have to comply with this form.
  • When you respond to a Tender or Request for Proposal you always attach your current B-BBEE certificate or your EME Letter form your Auditor. If the Tender Document requests any Equity figures I suggest you draw a line through it and refer the reader to your B-BBEE certificate.

If you have any other questions regarding the completion of Tender Documents go to our website at www.how2tender.com. There you will find all the necessary information, guidelines and documents you will need to respond to a tender correctly and accurately.

Until the next time - happy tendering.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of a Panel Of Attoneys to Assist Sedibeng District Municipality with Legal Related Matters on an Ad Hoc Basis. 2019-01-08 12:00 8/2/1/2-2018
Appointment of service provider to provide security services at Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality – Silver Crown Old Age Home for the Department of Social Development, Eastern Cape for a period of three (3) years 2019-02-04 11:00 SCMU4-18/19-0037
Provision of Short Term Insurance for the Period From 01 July 2019 to 30 June 2022 2019-01-18 12:00 FIN 01/2019/20
Consulting engineering services for the routine road maintenance of national route N2 section 8 km 80.08 to section 10 km 73.50 and national route R62 section 6 km 36.76 to section 8 km 2019-02-04 14:00 X.003-030-2019/1F
Consulting engineering services for the routine road maintenance of national route N2 section 12 km 0 to section 13 km 103.56 and national route R67 section 2 km 0 to km 36.19 2019-02-04 14:00 X.003-032-2019/1F
Appointment of service provider to provide security services at Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality – Enoch Sontonga Rehabilitation Center for the Department of Social Development, Eastern Cape for a period of three (3) years 2019-02-04 11:00 SCMU4-18/19-0036
Leasing of Premises for Customer Care Centres For uMgungundlovu District Municipality 2019-02-04 12:00 39/2018
Upgrading of the Kleinbrak 66/11kv substation 2019-02-08 12:00 TENDER 51-18/19
Appointment of Communication Service Provider to Assist the Department to Design, Develop and Edit a Publication on the Success Stories of the Environmental Programmes Branch of the Department of Environmental Affairs 2019-01-11 11:00 E1496
Spesialisdienste van Afrikaanse Taalkundige word verlang vir projek om Historiese gemarginaliseerde Afrikaanse varieteite te onsluit (Oranjerivier Afrikaans) 2019-02-12 11:00 ATM 017/2018-2019
Appointment of the service provider to conduct an Implementation evaluation of the Environment and Culture Sector within the EPWP 2019-01-11 11:00 E1497
Supply and delivery of gloves to PetroSA, GTL refinery (call of contract) 2019-02-15 11:00 CTT20907
Redesign, fabrication and installation of lifting platform main beams at Syncrolift dry dock in the Port of Cape Town 2019-02-19 10:00 TNPA 783/CIDB
Supply and Instal 4 Air Conditioners at NHLS Doran Nginza - Port Elizabeth 2018-12-28 11:00 RFQ 1469498
Supply, Deliver & Installation of Furniture at Gonubie Resort 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/DCS/2018-19/285
Supply and Delivery of Faltering Acid to BCMM Stores, Chiselhurst, East London 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/SCM/2018-19/283
Overhaul Bauer K 14 Upright Compressor 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/HPS/2018-19/281
Supply, Delivery & Installation of Storage Containers for Traffic Services 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/HPS/2018-19/280
Period Tender for Manufacturing and Installation of Transformer Fire Protection 2019-01-31 10:00 194Q/2018/19
Supply and Delivery of HTH Chlorine to Bcmm Stores, Chiselhurst, East London 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/SCM/2018-19/282

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