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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.
Occupational health and safety services for resurfacing of municipal roads (Rawsonville, Worcester, De Doorns, Touwsrivier). 2019-04-30 11:00 296861
Terms of Reference for Consultancy Services to Undertake Gender Mainstreaming Study in the Energy Sector in Africa 2019-05-07 15:00 AUC/IED/C/014
Construction of Speed-Humps 2019-05-03 12:00 SCM/2019/114/ENG
For the supply and delivery of safety boots for delivery to Kimberley, Supply Chain Services Warehouse. 2019-04-30 10:00 WRAC/KBC/29581
Supply and delivery of various PPE material on an “as and when” required basis to Bellville 2019-05-14 10:00 BLE RME 2202/2019
SHEQ Dept - Collection and Disposal of Medical Waste on a month-to-month basis not exceeding 12 months 2019-05-07 12:00 PEHR 007/19-20
Construction of Ward 4 Elityeni Internals Streets 2019-05-17 11:00 TECH/MIG 01/2019/20
Construction of Chintsa East Internal Streets 2019-05-17 11:00 TECH/MIG 02/2019/20
Construction of Icwili Sports Field 2019-05-17 11:00 TECH/MIG 03/2019/20
Construction of Ward 6 Youth Centre 2019-05-17 11:00 TECH/MIG 04/2019/20
Provision of Website Management services at KHTVETC for a period of 36 months ( 3 years) 2019-05-23 11:00 KHC Bid 01/2019
Provision of the Secondment of the Water Sector Manager 2019-04-25 11:00 EWSETA/RFQ/11/2019
Appointment of a service provider for the design and construction of houses with basic services infrastructure for evicted farm dwellers from Vaalpoort Farm in Pixley Ka Seme Local Municipality 2019-05-15 11:00 CONMP 0001 (2019/ 2020)
Procurement of Support and Maintenance of VMware Enterprise Licences, the reconfiguration of Enterprise Licenses at Head Office and the Procurement of 12 Additional Enterprise Licences wit x1 VMware vCentre standard including installation and configuration for 36 months 2019-05-10 11:00 RFB 1918- 2018
Request for proposals from reputable and suitably qualified research houses to submit proposals to conduct a Domestic and Departure Tourism Survey for the South African Tourism. 2019-05-10 12:00 SAT 148/ 19
Request for proposal for the appointment of a service provider to render employee wellness programme for the Office of the Public Service Commission (OPSC) for a period of thirty six (36) months. 2019-05-14 11:00 OPSC 001/ 19
The provision of professional catering services for the National School of Government for a period of three (3) years. 2019-05-10 11:00 NSG/ BID/ 12/ 2018/ 19
The comprehensive management and maintenance services of CCTV survailance, access control and intruder alarm systems at the national school of government for a period of 36 months (three years). 2019-05-10 11:00 NSG/ BID/ 13/ 2018/ 19
Supply and delivery of fine aggregate, coarse aggregate, crusher run and rip rap to the Department of Water and Sanitation, Clanwilliam Dam. 2019-06-06 11:00 DWS03- 0419 WTE
Appointment of a Consultant for the Development of 5- Year Business Plan (2019 - 2023) for Sci-Bono Discovery Centre (Sci-Bono) Operations. 2019-05-02 12:00 SCM/CEO/R19-20/11

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