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.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of an accredited external water testing laboratory for AgriZone for a period of three years. 2018-09-14 11:00 DTP/RFP/11/AGZ/06/2018
Exterior painting at Wellington, Civic Centre 2018-08-30 10:00 BK016 (DIC0025814)
Procurement of grade 8 and 9 MST camp: Academic and role modeling 2018-09-03 12:00 CS/SCM/COO/MST/R18-19/27
The Department of Public Enterprises invites service providers to submit a proposal to assist the Department to manage and render an in-house canteen service. 2018-09-03 11:00 DPE 6/2018-2019
New vinyl floor covering at Soup Kitchen 2018-08-30 10:00 BK015 (DIC0025816)
Civil Engineering Services for the implementation of Rea Vaya Phase 1C Greenstone Bus Terminal for design review and contract administration. 2018-09-14 12:00 JDA/GT001
Supply: 6 each x vibration detection sensor iq2400s5-m12c 2018-08-27 12:00 GD11900208
Precinct Study, Noorder Perel, Paarl 2018-08-23 10:00 DIP0001964
Supply Equipment for metro farmworkers. 2018-08-22 12:00 GG11900273
Supply: Medical supplies 2018-08-22 15:00 GF11900116
Revamping of derelict a cricket wicket at New Orleans Sportsfields 2018-08-30 10:00 DSP0019548
Rewind and Repair both 45kw and 37kw flange mounted motor 2018-08-24 12:00 RFQ NO: 8/3/2- 57/2018
Completion of bus route at Tweefontein - G in Thembisile Hani Local Municipality. 2018-09-14 12:00 3387/17
Supply & replace of 2 x 36000btu split A/C at Mayors Office in Civic Centre, Paarl 2018-08-30 10:00 DIE0014378
Annual service and repairs of standby generators in the Water department at various venues 2018-08-30 10:00 DIC0025810
Holsloot Diversion works: Construction of concrete weir and associated structures. 2018-09-14 12:00 127/2018
Supply & delivery of pipes UPVC 110mm socketed (6m length class 51) 2018-08-23 10:00 S4W0003028
Supply and Installation of Stormwater Network at Region1 (Emzinoni Victor Khayane Road 2018-08-27 12:00 RFQ NO: 8/3/2- 60/2018
IFRS 17 Implementation Services. 2018-09-14 12:00 RFP 2018/13
Construction of a 6 point swing-over milking parlour. 2018-09-14 12:00 20/2018

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