Issue Date: 
Monday, May 30, 2016

How the tender process works

It is imperative for all potential bidders that they familiarize themselves with the tender process in South Africa. There are procedures that need to be followed by Government Entities when they issue a request for quotation or competitive bid. These procedures are governed by different Acts such as the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (Act no 5 of 2000) and the Public Finance Management Act (Act 1 of 1999 as amended by Act 296 of 1999) to name but two.

Most of the Government Entities that issue tenders follow these procedures to the letter, but there are some Government Entities that do not follow all the procedures. The reasons for this can be many but the main reason is that not all the procedures listed in the Acts are applicable to the specific request for quotation or competitive bid that has been issued. It is therefor very important that you as potential bidder ensure that:

  • You attend the briefing session;
  • You read the whole tender document because all request for quotations and competitive bids are different;
  • You make sure you take note of the closing date and closing time of the tender;
  • You have completed all the documents in the original bid document; and
  • You have attached all the compulsory documents.

It must be stressed that the tender environment is very competitive and if you produce non-compliant tender documents or if your tender is incomplete your tender will be viewed as non-responsive and would not be evaluated. Thus, make sure you understand exactly what is expected from you as bidder in terms of goods supplied or services rendered to a Government Entity. 

If you understand the tender process and you spec your supply correctly and you make sure your tender is delivered on time, then you will have a good chance that your tender will reach the evaluation process. 

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. 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.

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The Betterment, Regravelling And Drainage On P224 From Km 0.000 To Km 4.386 In The Mandeni Local Municipality (Kz291) For Grade 3CE Vukuzakhe Contractors. 2018-11-22 11:00 ZNT 373T/ 3/ C2910/ 008/ S/ 1/ 2018- 2019
The Construction of Sidewalks on D894 From Km 1.00 To Km 1.30 in the Maphumulo Local Municipality (KZ294) for Grade 2CE Vukuzakhe Contractors. 2018-11-22 11:00 ZNT 373T/ 2/ C2940/ 187/ S/ 1/ 2018- 2019
The aim of the project is to undertake a province-wide physical verification of all spaza shops and produce quality reliable data to assist the GEP and Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED to make informed decisions pertaining to legal and illegal spaza shops. 2018-11-13 11:00 GEP003/ SPAZASHOPPROJECT/ 18
The Betterment, Regravelling And Drainage On D1632 From Km 4.50 To Km 8.50 In The Maphumulo Local Municipality (KZ294) For Grade 3CE Vukuzakhe Contractors 2018-11-22 11:00 ZNT 373T/ 3/ C2940/ 009/ S/ 1/ 2018- 2019
The Betterment, Regravelling And Drainage On D1527 From Km 4.00 To Km 8.00 In The Maphumulo Local Municipality (Kz294) For Grade 3CE Vukuzakhe Contractors 2018-11-22 11:00 ZNT373T/ 3/ C2940/ 002/ S/ 1/ 2018- 2019
The Betterment, Regravelling and Drainage On P719 From Km 4.00 To Km 8.00 in the Mandeni Local Municipality (Kz291) For GRADE 3CE Vukuzakhe Contractors. 2018-11-22 11:00 ZNT 373T/ 3/ C2910/ 006/ S/ 1/ 2018- 2019
Development test of visual perception -third edition 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 492/ 1819
The Betterment, Regravelling and Drainage On L2450 From Km 0.00 To Km 6.00 in the Mandeni Local Municipality (Kz291) For Grade 3CE Vukuzakhe Contractors 2018-11-22 11:00 ZNT373T/ 3/ C2910/ 003/ S/ 1/ 2018- 2019
The Betterment, Regravelling and Drainage On D1632 From Km 0.00 To Km 4.50 in the Maphumulo Local Municipality (KZ294) For Grade 3CE Vukuzakhe Contractors 2018-11-22 11:00 ZNT 373T/ 3/ C2940/ 005/ S/ 1/ 2018- 2019
Provision of accredited training, establish SMME’s & Cooperatives, provide job readiness and training. 2018-11-13 11:00 GEP005/ YOUTHYMPO18
Aspirating tube. Size: 8ml. 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 961/ 1819
Appointment of a service provider at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa for restoration of Pinmill Farm Premises on an 80/20 PPPFA 2000, Preferential Procurement Regulation: 2017 2018-10-26 11:00 ICASA 20/ 2018
The Financial Intelligence Centre request for information for a contract management tool. 2018-11-10 11:00 National: Financial Intelligence Centre: Supply Chain Management
The Financial Intelligence Centre request proposals from service providers for procurement of an Automated Web Search Application for use by the Financial Intelligence Centre. 2018-11-09 11:00 FIC/ RFB/ WEBSEARCH/ 1/ 0004/ 2018/ 19
Invitation to an Open Tender for the Appointment of Panel of Contractors to Assist AIDC With Various Infrastructure And Maintenance Projects for a period of 3 years 2018-11-09 11:00 AIDC T05/ 2018
Appointment of an Organisational Development (OD) consultant to conduct an organisational structure review for Dube Tradeport Corporation. 2018-11-12 11:00 DTP/ RFP/ 24/ COR/ 09/ 2018
Appointment of a service provider to conduct a feasibility study, develop business plan and financial model for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at DTPC. 2018-11-12 11:00 DTP/ RFP/ 30/ IFR/ 10/ 2018
Dishwasher soap dispenser 2018-10-30 11:00 PSH 960/ 1819
Appointment of service provider for the provision of quality control specialist services to DTPC BID Committees for a period of two (2) years. 2018-11-12 11:00 DTP/ RFP/ 28/ CEO/ 10/ 2018
The appointment of a service provider to conduct three (3) climate change risk and vulnerability assessments as well as three (3) climate change response plans over a period of seven (7) months. 2018-11-08 10:00 5/ 2/ 2/ 1- RDLR 0045(2018/ 2019)

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