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.
Supply of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Maintenance and Support for thirty six (36) months. 2018-09-06 11:00 RFB 1781/ 2018
Supply Plumbing tools (specification will be available on request) 2018-08-24 11:00 ZNQ 095 2018/ 19
The appointment of a panel to supply ICT hardware 2018-09-06 12:00 RFP013/ 2018
Supply Plumbing materials (specification will be available on request) 2018-08-24 11:00 ZNQ 096 2018/ 19
Lease of the cottage with a portion of municipal land (±1. 7138 ha) situated on a remainder of portion 13 of the Farm Long Valley No.15, Dassieshoek, Robertson 2018-09-14 12:00 48/ 2018
Request for the provision of services to department of planning, monitoring and evaluation (DPME) to support, maintain and enhance the web-enabled local government management improvement model (LGMIM) assessment tool and technical/content advisory services for a period of 12 months with the option to extend the contract for an additional 24 months. 2018-09-07 11:00 RFB 1785/ 2018
Alienation of various available erven 2018-09-14 12:00 49 /2018
Tenders are hereby invited for the Supply, Delivery, Installation and maintenance of Photocopier machines for a 5 Year Operational Lease and Maintenance Agreement. 2018-09-07 11:00 Tender 3/ 2018 (PUR 401/ 9)
Supply , Deliver and Offload Protective Clothing for Land Care. 2018-09-06 11:00 ZNB 4266/ 18A
Supply of Equipment and Software (Shipment and Delivery), Equipment Installation, Configuration, VM Migration and Project Management and 5-year Support and Maintenance. 2018-09-07 11:00 SCMU3- 18/ 19- 0121- HO
Supply, delivery , Offload and installation of Two Center Pivot for Hlubi project at Alfred Duma (Ladysmith) Uthukela District. 2018-09-06 11:00 ZNB 4270/ 18A
Phototherapy (Puva)/ Narrow Band UVB 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.5882/ 04/ 18
Slimroll Hand Towel Sheet Size 200mm X 155m to Fit Kimberley Clark Slimroll Hand Dispensers. 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.5565/ 03/ 18
Supply, delivery, Offload and installation of Irrigation at Block 1 Mbonwa Irrigation scheme at Umuziwabantu Local Office Ugu District. 2018-09-06 11:00 ZNB 4269/ 18A
Portable Rebound Tonometer 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.2303/ 07/ 18
Appointment of a service provider for the Landcare alien weeds and bankrupt bush control projects. 2018-09-07 11:00 GT/ GDARD/ 114/ 2018
Heat & Moisture Exchanger for Attachment to a 15mm Connector, with Oxygen Supply Port 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.2148/ 07/ 18
Supply Paper photocopy white bond 80GSM A4 X 3000 reams 2018-08-24 11:00 ZNQ 436/ 18
A Simple System for Accurate Intra Abdominal Pressure Monitoring In Criticallly Ill Patients. 2018-08-28 11:00 ZNQ NO.1863/ 07/ 18
Supply and delivery of frozen chicken products and frozen fish products to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital for two years (24 month) contract period with an option to extend the contract for a further 1 year (twelve months) based on performance. 2018-09-14 11:00 RCCH04/ 2018

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