Issue Date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Difference Between a RFI, RFQ and RFP

We are regularly asked, ‘what is the difference between a Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Quote (RFQ)’. Below is an explanation of these three requests.

According to the Government, the differences between RFQ’s, RFI’s and RFP’s are as follows:

“RFx is an abbreviation used to refer to a group of ‘Request For…’ documents, used to solicit responses of various types from suppliers. The three documents used in this group include Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Quote (RFQ).

Request for Information (RFI)

An RFI is generally used when the solution to a business problem is not immediately evident or clearly defined. The RFI is used to gather information, NOT to make a selection or an award. The Supply Chain Management Unit works with the Customer to:

  • clearly define the problem;
  • solicit external expertise regarding how to solve the problem;
  • study proposed solutions.

Request for Proposal (RFP)

An RFP is used when the Customer understands the business problem and what’s needed to solve it, including specifications and procedures. Price is usually not the determining factor in the evaluation of an RFP. Factors such as quality, service, and reputation are also taken into consideration.

Request for Quote (RFQ)

An RFQ is generally used to obtain pricing, delivery information, terms and conditions from suppliers. In this case, requestors have a clear understanding of what they need, including requirements and specifications. To procure the exact product or service you need, the Customer provides the Supply Chain Management Unit with as much information as possible, including complete specifications, quantities, and delivery schedule.”

The common threat between all three types of requests is that the Customer or Government Entity is not obliged to appoint a service provider on the results from issuing any of these requests. The best way to know that a tender award will be made is when you respond to a formal quotation or a competitive bid. Normally a formal quotation will be for goods or services with a value between R30,000-00 and R200,000-00 and a competitive bid will be for goods or services with a value exceeding R200,000-00.

Visit our website www.how2tender.com to find out more.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply & delivery of cable. 2018-06-26 15:00 GJ1181037A
Supply: Electrical accessories 2018-06-29 15:00 GJ11801096
Supply: Hardware items 2018-06-26 12:00 GG11801523
Department of Labour: Procurement of Office accommodation comprising 3 134.09m² and 20 undercover Parking Bays in Johannesburg CBD for a period of five (5) years 2018-07-24 11:00 JHB.18/ 08
Department of Labour: Procurement of Office accommodation comprising 2 533.64m² and 20 undercover Parking Bays in Germiston CBD for a period of three (3) years 2018-07-24 11:00 JHB.18/ 09
Supply, Maintenance and Servicing of Tractors and Accessories for SANParks for a period of five (5) years 2018-07-16 11:00 GNP- 014- 18
Service Laundry 2x Drier, 2x Washing Machine and 1X pressure. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8973/ 18 NIEM
Service to Air-conditioners split unit x 44 units & window unit x 32 units. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8965/ 18 NIEM
Robben Island Museum (RIM) Intends on Creating an Open Database of Service Providers to Provide Suitable Options In Procuring a Passenger Ferry or In Providing Alternatives Such as; Leasing with the Option to Procure, Outright Purchase, Etc 2018-07-20 11:00 RIM FER 01- 2018 / 2019
Service to calorifiers x 02 units. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8968 NIEM
Service Voltage Switch Gears X 03. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8976/ 18 NIEM
RAF would like to appoint an experienced and suitably qualified service provider to provide leasing of office space in Durban Regional Office for a period of five (5) years 2018-07-17 11:00 RAF/ 2018/ 00026
Service of fire equipment at Groenvlei clinic X 12. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8980/ 18 NIEM
Service infra red testing to DB boards. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8982/ 18 NIEM
Maintenance of Telephone Management System (PBX) for Parliament of RSA 2018-07-06 12:00 B8/ 2018
Service medical gas plant, all oxygen & vacuum points in all three wards and two vacuum pumps x52 points. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8967/ 18 NIEM
Service of fire equipment at Niemeyer Memorial Hospital X 56. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8979/ 18 NIEM
Appointment of a service provider to provide Internal Audit Services to the National Arts Council for a period of three (3) years on 80/20 PPPFA 2018-07-24 11:00 NAC- 01- 2018- 19
Service Genset 350KVA at Niemeyer Hospital 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8977/ 18 NIEM
Service Particle Count Test X 01 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8981/ 18 NIEM

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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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