Issue Date: 
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Difference Between a RFI, RFQ and RFP

We are regularly asked what the difference is between a Request for Information (RFI), a Request for Proposal (RFP) and a Request for Quote (RFQ).

"RFX" is a term used, to refer to all 'Request For…' documents used to solicit responses, of various types, from suppliers. The three common documents are:

  • Request for Information (RFI)
  • Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Request for Quote (RFQ)

According to the Government's eTenders portal (http://www.etenders.gov.za) the differences between RFQ's, RFI's and RFP's are as follows:

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 describe the problem;
  • Solicit external expertise regarding how to solve the problem;
  • Study proposed solutions.

Request for Proposal (RFP)

An RFQ 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 needed, the Customer provides the Supply Chain Management Unit with as much information as possible, including complete specifications, quantities, and delivery schedule.

The common thread between all three types of "RFX" documents is that the Customer/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 of 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.

To learn all you need to know to respond to tenders correctly, and hopefully successfully attend our How-to-Tender workshops. Visit our website www.how2tender.com to find out more and to register. For more information on the tender courses please email Werner at werner@how2tender.com.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd. which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Invitation to submit a proposal for the provision of external audit services to Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa NPC Group (“FPI”) 2019-01-25 12:00 FPI RFP19/01
Term Tender for the Provision of Professional Services: Design, Tender Documentation and Construction Monitoring for Various Facilities Within the City of Cape Town. 2019-02-19 10:00 217C/2018/19
Provision of Professional Engineering Services in Respect of Decommissioning the Radnor Landfill Site. 2019-02-19 10:00 218C/2018/19
Supply and delivery of mill liners -reissue 2019-02-25 09:00 MPGXC005365R1
ICT Infrastructure Services 2019-01-25 14:00 TCTA/2018/IT/ICT INFRASTRUCTURE/024
Construction of Civil Engineering Services - Macassar Housing Project 2019-02-26 10:00 234Q/2018/19
Tender for the purchase, development and management of industrial park on Erven 804, 806, 807, 809, 39202, 39203, 39204, 39207, 39208, 39209, 39210, 39211, 39212, 39213, 39215, 39216, 39217, 39218, 39219, 39220, 45089, 51104, 51105, zoned general industrial 2 except for Erf 45089 which has a general business 4 zoning, bound by Spine Road (South) and, Phumakani Road (West) and Railway Line (East), Khayalitsha 2019-03-11 10:00 219P/2018/19
Provision of Banking Services for a period of five (05) years 2019-03-15 12:00 75 of 2018
Hire of Refuse Truck for a period of 3 years 2019-03-29 12:00 MPO/03/2019
Re-advert for auditing of animal pounds in Elundini Local Municipality 2019-01-22 12:00 ELM-5/006/2018-2019
Appointment for a service provider for VAT recovery services for a period of three years 2019-02-11 11:00 PSJLM-BTO-2018/19-15
Disconnection, reconnection and inspection/audit of electrical services for a period of three (3) years 2019-02-11 12:00 T01/2019
Consulting engineering services for the contract administration for the construction of a pedestrian bridge in Touwsriver. 2019-01-23 11:00 291491
Appointment of a Professional Engineering Service Provider to Carry out the Project Management scope for various Electricity Bulk Infrastructure Projects within KSDLM 2019-02-11 12:00 038/2018/19
Appointment for (02) Electrical Contractors for Electrification of 193 infill Connections in Maiden Farm Township with a CIDB Grading of 4 EP or Higher 2019-02-11 12:00 036/2018/19
Appointment for (02) Electrical Contractors for Electrification of 193 infill Connections in Hillcrest Township with a CIDB Grading of 4 EP or Higher 2019-02-12 12:00 037/2018/19
Bid Specification for Appointment of a Programme Support Unit (PSU) for a three (3) year period to assist the Provincial Department of Education in various aspects of the management of its infrastructure programme. 2019-02-22 11:00 SCMU6-18/19-0007
All prospective bidders are hereby invited to submit quotations for accommodation: bed, dinner, breakfast & conference package, supply chain management as specification appear below 2019-01-22 12:00 RFQFIN/01/2018/19
Procurement of Pre-qualification of Construction Contract: Construction of Polihali Dam and Appurtenant Structures 2019-03-25 14:00 4020
Procurement of Pre-qualification of Construction Contract: Construction of Polihali Transfer Tunnel 2019-03-26 14:00 4021

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www.howtotender.co.za

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