Issue Date: 
Monday, August 10, 2015

Important Evaluations Before Responding to a Tender

Although bidding for a tender can be attractive, not all tenders will suit your criteria, experience and expertise. It is not wise to quickly jump into responding to any tender that you come across. An objective decision must be made as to whether or not to bid for a tender.

The decision to bid or not is a decision that should be carefully considered. It should balance the opportunity against a realistic evaluation of the likelihood of success. The approach should be systematic and could be beneficial by using a scoring matrix. To assist you, we have drafted a list with a few objective questions. Answering these questions will help you evaluate your chances of winning the tender and the worthiness of bidding.

Do you meet the mandatory requirements?

The mandatory requirements usually include financial stability, qualifications or accreditations. Buyers generally ask for audited accounts of the past three years. Has your business seen year-on-year growth and if not is there a valid explanation as to why not?

Can you show the relevant experience?

Have you done this type of work before or will you need a partnership to do it effectively? Having relevant references will certainly work in your favour. If you don`t have references, you will need to demonstrate that you have transferable skills from customers with similar needs.

Who are you competing against?

Who is currently servicing the contract and who else is bidding? When you can answer these questions, you can compare your strengths, weaknesses and experience with your competitors and consider your opportunities.

Is the contract the right size for your business?

Will you be able to manage the contract or will it clash with any existing or upcoming work? Remember, all clients are valuable. It is risky to bid if a tender value is more than 25% of your turnover. Buyers will certainly check if the tender contract value is not too much for the company to handle. Do not overstretch the business to the point where service or quality issues will arise as you were too eager to bid.

What is the profit potential of the tender?

Winning a contract can put a strain on a business`s financial resources. It is important to fully understand and assess the risk of the working capital requirements of the contract. It is also important to determine whether your business can support any peaks that may occur.

Do we have sufficient resources to professionally respond within the deadline?

Writing a tender response is time consuming. It is important to have a consistent procedure in place to ensure that time and money is not wasted on contract opportunities which are of no economic or strategic benefit. If you were directly invited by the buyer to bid, but you decide not to, then inform the buyer immediately of your intentions. Explain carefully the reasons for your decision, without prejudicing your chances of being invited to bid for other work in the future.

Consider the questions above. If you can answer them confidently, you certainly can go ahead and bid. If not; wait for the bid that fits your skills, expertise and experience. Patience is virtue and it pays off!

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Westcol hereby invite bids from established, registered providers to provide physical security services (guards) to one or more of the following Westcol campuses for a period of 24 months. Krugersdorp; Krugersdorp West; Randfontein; Magaliesburg; Carletonville. 2018-10-12 10:00 WT 2018/ 0003
Placement or Outright Purchase of Film Coverslipper Analyser for NHLS Braamfontein, Doctor Goerge Mukhari Hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and Nioh For a period of three years 2018-10-15 11:00 RFB081/ 18/ 19
Phuthaditjhaba Magistrate Office: Rendering Of Cleaning Services For 24 Months. 2018-10-16 11:00 BL18/ 061
Rendering of travel agency services to the Department of Social Development (excluding MEC & HOD),for a period of 36 months. 2018-10-05 11:00 NC/ SOC/ 013/ 2018
Supply , Delivery and Off-loading of Perishable Provisions for Thohoyandou and Polokwane management areas ( Limpopo Province) 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 06/ 2018 LIMPOPO
Appointment of service providers to implement The Animal and Veld Management Programme (AVMP) Soil Rehabilitation Projects in Spitskop and Zandmartinsdrift Land Reform Farms in the Edinburg area in Kopanong Local Municipality within Xhariep District Municipality as well as in De Hoop Land Reform Farm in the Bloemfontein area within Mangaung Metro Municipality in the Free State province. 2018-10-05 11:00 PSSC- RID- FS 0004 (2018/ 2019)
Supply, Delivery and Off-loading of Perishable Provisions at Klerksdorp, Rooigrond and Rustenburg Management Areas (North -West Province) 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 04/ 2018 NORTH - WEST
Appointment of service providers to implement The Animal and Veld Management Programme (AVMP) Soil Rehabilitation Project in Rietfontein Land Reform Farm in the Soutpan area in Masilonyana Local Municipality within Lejweleputswa District Municipality in the Free State province. 2018-10-05 11:00 PSSC- RID- FS 0003 (2018/ 2019)
Supply , Delivery and Off-loading of Perishable Provisions at Barberton ,Bethal and Witbank management areas( Mpumalanga Province) 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 05/ 2018 MPUMALANGA
Appointment of a service provider to render security guarding services at the Department of Public Service and Administration for a period of two (2) years. 2018-10-12 11:00 DPSA002/ 2018
Provision of Geographical Information Solution (GIS) including maintenance and support services. 2018-10-24 11:00 RFP 29/ 2018
6000 units of emollient bp cream with chlorocresol 500g, or equivalent 2018-10-08 11:00 ZnqLS443/ 18gaz
Butterworth Magistrate: Repairs & Servicing of Air-Conditioners. 2018-10-11 11:00 MTH 59/ 2018
36 units of Dextran 40, 10% in sodium chloride injection iv solution, 0.9% 500ml (Rheomacrodex), or equivalent 2018-10-08 11:00 ZnqLS442/ 18gaz
Drain cleaning and verge maintenance on Road P242, from 0.00KM TO 9.9KM. 2018-09-27 11:00 ZNT373T/ 2/ 4/ CDUR/ 601/ S/ 10/ 2018- 19
Drain cleaning and verge maintenance on main road P100 section 1&2 between chainage 0.00KM to chainage 14.5KM. 2018-09-27 11:00 ZNT373T/ 2/ 4/ CDUR/ 601/ S/ 05/ 2018- 19
Supply and Delivery of Dairy products and Maize Drink to the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) Departments and State Information Technology Agency (SITA) for a period of 36 months 2018-10-12 11:00 GT/ GPT/ 126/ 2018
Betterment and graveling on road D755 from KM 1.80 TO KM 2.80. 2018-09-27 11:00 CDUR/ 620/ S/ 03/ 2018
Supply and Delivery of Self-Adhesive Pharmaceutical Labels to all Hospitals/Institutions under the control of the Department of Health, Western Cape Government for a period of three (3) years 2018-10-19 11:00 WCGHSC0168/ 2018
Installation of Speed humps and Rumble strips on P129. 2018-10-23 11:00 ZNT373T/ C237/ 12000/ S/ 13

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Advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums

Consortiums are often considered as entities to use when responding to tenders in South Africa. The question that arises is whether to use a Consortium or a Joint Venture when responding to a tender. To help you with this we have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages for both Consortiums as well as Joint Ventures. In this article we list the advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums. Look out for the same article on Joint Ventures.

Consortiums Advantages:

  • Easy to establish as there are no formal procedures... Read More
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