Issue Date: 
Monday, July 3, 2017

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 is usually set, but this can be higher or lower, depending on the Organ of State.
  • All tender responses achieving less than the set threshold will be declared non-responsive and will not qualify to be evaluated on B-BBEE and Price.

Functionality includes the following main points:

  • Track record and experience
  • Recourses
  • Technology
  • Operational fit

In your tender response it is always important to stipulate the following when it comes to your track record and experience:

  • How many years of experience do your company or enterprise has with the goods and/or services you are proposing?

The longer experience you have the better. This indicates to the Organ of State that you have been providing the goods and/or services for a period of time and that you are experienced in your field of expertise.

  • Provide contactable references and proven track record of the goods and/or services.

In your response it is always good to provide references, even if it is just one reference. The Organ of State needs to know that you can be trusted and how better to evaluate this by contacting your references. Remember to be honest in your response as the Organ of State is sure to contact your references.

  • Provide information on your success rate.

This is overstating the obvious but it is good. Tell them about previous tenders that were awarded to you and how successfully you have completed it.

  • What is the nature of goods and/or services your company supply?

It is imperative that you supply the goods and/or services that the tender asks for. If you do not supply the exact goods and/or services that the tender asks for you may be disqualified.

  • Provide details of your monthly volume and rand value of goods and/or services you supply to your existing clients.

This again will show your experience. Even if you are providing small volumes you still supply the goods and that means experience.

  • Is there any other information you deem relevant to your proposal? If yes, provide details.

This is especially important when you can add value to the goods and/or services that the Organ of State requires.

It is very important to elaborate as much as possible on Functionality in your response. In meeting the Functionality criteria of any tender you will be ensured that your enterprise advances to the next phase of evaluation.

If you want to learn more about Functionality and how it works be sure to attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops that Kunaku Procurement Solutions present across South Africa.

Please visit our website to find out more or email us at info@how2tender.com.

Until the next time – happy tendering.

This article is written by Werner van Rooyen, one of the Directors on Kunaku Procurement Solutions which specialises in tender consulting and tender training.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Printing and distribution of monthly service accounts and newsletters. 2018-05-25 12:00 TENDER 108-17/18
Security services for Majuba Power Station. 2018-05-28 10:00 MPGXC005139
Appointment of a multi-disciplinary team for the design and build for the following NSIP Project: Project A (Thembalihle & Lindokuhle Stations). 2018-05-29 12:00 KZN/CRES/10/2017/031/T
Supply and Delivery of 5 x Dual Ventilators for the Aviation Medical Evacuation Teams. 2018-05-22 11:00 CPSC- B- M- 001- 2018
Appointment of a multi-disciplinary team for the design and build for the NSIP Project: Project E (Mosley & Compensation Stations). 2018-05-28 12:00 KZN/CRES/10/2017/033/T
Provision of a Web Based Subscription Service Delivering Access to a Digital up-to-date Legal Information Sources to the Department of Defence for a period of thirty six (36) months. 2018-05-14 11:00 RFB 1728/ 2018
Appointment of a service provider for the establishment of a South African Association of Grant Professionals for the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) 2018-05-25 11:00 NLC/ 2018 - 3
Appointment of a service provider for provision of USAASA Head Office Space for a period of five(5) years 2018-05-14 11:00 USAASA- OFS/ 02/ 2018
Placement of chemistry analyser for the NHLS Free State and North West Region for a period of three years 2018-05-11 11:00 RFB070/ 17- 18
Provision for maintenance, service and repairs for lifts and goods hoists for a period of three (3) years 2018-05-10 11:00 RFB081/ 17- 18
Design, Supply, Upgrade and Refurbishment of lifts and escalators in Bellville Building, Western Cape. 2018-06-12 10:00 PSCED0117
Purchase of Portion 5 of the Farm Kildare No 14654 - FT. 2018-05-24 14:00 N003- 004- E- P- 1360
Rental of Office Space For the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) Eastern Cape Regional Management and Administration Office For a period of Five (5) years 2018-05-18 11:00 RFP002/ 18- 19
Placement or Outright purchase of fully automated Microbiology system for PMMH for a period of five (5) years. 2018-05-11 11:00 RFB 066- 17- 18
Mdutjana Magistrate Court: Cleaning Services for the period of twelve months with an option to renew for another twelve months, measuring 2172.23 Square Meters 2018-05-11 11:00 NST18/ 015
Provision for maintenance, service and repairs for lifts and goods hoists for a period of three (3) years 2018-05-10 11:00 RFB 010/ 18- 19
Placement of chemistry analyser for the NHLS Free State and North West Region for a period of three years 2018-05-11 11:00 RFB 009/ 18- 19
Request for proposals from service providers to develop an integrated trade and investment strategy for the province of Kwazulu-Natal. 2018-05-25 12:00 3210/ 2018/ 01
Evander Magistrate Court: Gardening Services for the period of twelve months with an option to renew for another twelve months, measuring 4041 Square Meters. 2018-05-11 11:00 NST18/ 016
Ermelo Magistrate Court: Cleaning Services for the period of twelve months with an option to renew for another twelve months, measuring 3034.11 Square Meters 2018-05-11 11:00 NST18/ 013

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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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