Issue Date: 
Monday, May 30, 2016

How the tender process works

It is imperative for all potential bidders to 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 (tender). 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 that don't.  The reasons for this can be varied but the main one 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;
  • Read the whole tender document because all request for quotations and competitive bids are different;
  • Ensure that you take note of the closing date and closing time of the tender;
  • Have completed all the documents in the original bid document; and
  • 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 it 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.

If you want to learn more about the tender process and how to complete a tender correctly visit www.how2tender.com to find out more.

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Brand new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017 for Tenders

The brand new Preferential Procurement Regulations 2017, has been finalized and was gazetted on 20 January 2017. There are some interesting changes and challenges that we will discuss during the coming months. This is the official media release from National Treasury:

The regulations were initially promulgated in 2001 and revised in 2011 thus making this the second revision since the initial promulgation.

The revision of the Preferential Procurement Regulations of 2011 was largely influenced by the need... Read More

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