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.
Maintenance of Air Conditioning, Including the Supply and Installations of new and Replacement Units: 10 Devolved Stations in Northern Cape Province Region Two (02) for the period of three (3) years 2018-01-24 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 130TB(17)
Appointment of a Service Provider to Render Occupational Health and Safety Risk Assessment, to conduct the Health Hazard Assessment in all the GPW Offices including the Regions (East-London, Mmabatho and Polokwane) for a period of three years commencing 01 February 2018 until 31 January 2021 2018-01-22 10:30 GPW- W 2017/ 05
DTPC wishes to appoint a construction of Mount Moreland Road between Dube TradePort 29° South and Mount Moreland – earthworks and surfacing (km0.00 – km0.535). 2018-01-16 11:00 DTP/ RFP/ 29/ IFR/ 10/ 2017
Appointment of a project manager for the procurement of land and or a building, design plans and construction and or renovations of CETA Head Office 2018-01-31 11:00 022- 2017/ 2018
DTPC wishes to appoint a contractor for the construction of a new cantilevered structural steel canopy, construction of security fencing, repairs to sheet metal roof, asphalting and drainage improvements at the Dube Tradeport Cargo Terminal 2018-01-17 11:00 DTP/ RFP/ 35/ IFR/ 10/ 2017
DTPC wishes to appoint a contractor for the construction of Govender access road – earthworks, surfacing and safety improvements (km 0.00 – km 0.632). 2018-01-16 11:00 DTP/ RFP/ 28/ IFR/ 10/ 2017
Appointment of a CIDB registered contractor for the construction of a technology laboratory building at the University of Venda 2018-01-31 11:00 019- 2017/ 2018
A Three Year Term Contract for Mechanical and other related Major Plant and Machinery Installation , Maintenance , Repair , Refurbishment and Upgrade for Northern , Central , Eastern And Southern Operations(Limpopo , Mpumalanga ,North West , Gauteng, Free State , Northern Cape , Kwa-Zulu Natal And Western Cape). 2018-01-18 11:00 DWS04- 1117WTE
Request for expression of interest from qualified entities to be enlisted in the database of the Department of Environmental Affairs for the implementation, operational support, planning and training projects for Expanded Public Works Projects (EPWP) for the Natural Resource Management Programmes. 2018-01-19 11:00 E 1428
PWV 15 Preliminary design Review from the R21 (P157/1) to N3 (approximately 34.6km) and detail design of Phase 1 from R21 (P157/1) across the N12 ending before the K94 including the N12 /K94 system interchange. (approximately 10.9km) 2018-01-25 11:00 DRT 39/ 07/ 2017
Appointment of a software development service provider to review, design, develop and maintain the integrated management information system (MIS) for the CETA. 2018-01-31 11:00 021- 2017/ 2018
Supply and delivery of cleaning material and toiletries to Southern Cape- Karoo- Region (Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert, Ladismith, Beaufort West) 2018-01-26 09:00 ODN 01/ 2017
Construction of new K73 (1.381) between K58 (Allandale Road) and K71 (Woodmead Drive), the upgrading of sections of K58 (2.784 km) and K71 (0.962 km) and Rehabilitation of K58 (0.60 km) between Maple drive and K71 2018-01-29 11:00 DRT 119/ 02/ 2017
Appointment of a service provider to develop CETA occupational qualifications. 2018-01-31 11:00 020- 2017/ 2018
Appointment of a panel of legal firms. 2018-01-31 11:00 017- 2017/ 2018
Provision of insurance services by an insurance underwriter. 2018-01-31 11:00 016- 2017/ 2018
Appointment of a service provider to offer internal audit services 2018-01-31 11:00 012- 2017/ 2018
Provision of CETA branded personal protective equipment (PPE) to learners on CETA - funded projects 2018-01-31 08:45 015- 2017/ 2018
Provision of CETA toolkits to learners on CETA - funded projects 2018-01-31 11:00 014- 2017/ 2018
The Supply and delivery of 7 x Sealing End 132kv 400SQ CU of D2872 2018-01-23 13:00 DX 756

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Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids (tenders) you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids (tenders) as follows:

  • The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points... Read More
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