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.
C993.02: Reseal of TR75/1 (KM 0.00 to KM 16.50) Holgaten to Oudtshoorn. Designated CIDB Grading: 8CE or higher 2018-07-26 11:00 S048/ 18
Inspection, maintenance & repair of the department fleet. 2018-08-19 11:00 ZNB468/ 15T
Appointment of a property management company or an agent to source office accommodation for USAASA for a period of five years in Gauteng. 2018-07-17 11:00 USAASA- OFS/ 04/ 2018
Provision of Legal Services 2018-07-23 11:00 EWSETA008/ 2018
Request for bid for renovation services for the National Health Laboratory Service at Bongani Provincial Hospital, Welkom. 2018-07-30 11:00 RFB 022/ 18/ 19
Department of Health: RK Khan: Repairs and waterproofing of flat roof over physiotherapy department (contract period: 6 calendar Months). 2018-07-20 11:00 ZNTD 03917W/ WIMS 063046
Department of Public Works: Ethekwini Regional Office-Mayville: Tender Office relocation 2018-07-23 11:00 ZNTD 04435W
Supply , Installation and Commissioning of Bio-metric system 2018-07-24 11:00 EEC/ T06/ 2018
Appointment of Consultants/Professional Services for designing of plans for the following campuses: 1. Brakpan Campus-classrooms and offices. 2.Springs Campus-classrooms, offices and Hospitality kitchen 2018-07-24 11:00 EEC/ T10/ 2018
Appointment of Consultant/Professional Services for designing of 7 Main Entrances at College delivery sites 2018-07-24 11:00 EEC/ T09/ 2018
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Ladies Windbreakers. Quantity 500. Main Contractor or Sub- Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-19 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 038/ 18
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Skirt Evening Wear, Black. Quantity 150. Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-17 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 036/ 18
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Coverall Jackets (Quantity 1000) and Trousers Coverall (Quantity 1500). Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-18 01:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 032/ 18
Supply and Delivery of SA Air Force Embroidered Onlays (Quantity 140), Hand Embroidered Cap Badges (Quanity 147) and Gorget Patches (Quantity 321). Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-18 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 029/ 18
Appointment of a service provider to supply the Council for Geoscience (CGS) with a vehicle and equipment tracking management system for a period of 5 years 2018-07-20 11:00 CGS- 2018- 017K
Appointment of a Company to Review Business Continuity Programme 2018-07-23 11:00 CGS- 2018- 018K
Notice of proposed disposal of 66 Greatmore Street, Woodstock. 2018-07-24 11:00 PM002/ 18
Provision of Stationery for NHLS for a period of 3 years 2018-07-24 11:00 RFB 044/ 18/ 19
Provision of A3 and A4 Paper for NHLS for a period of 3 years 2018-07-23 11:00 RFB 043/ 18/ 19
Appointing a service provider to provide expertise to SANBI and Statistics South Africa in the development of ecosystem accounts and recommendations for advancing the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (EEA) in South Africa. 2018-07-20 11:00 SANBI: BIPA299/ 2018

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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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