Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Items that determine tender pricing

By Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Many bidders that respond to tenders, struggle when it comes to calculating a price for a specific tender.  One of the reasons for this is that many Small Business Owners are usually new to the tender process and therefore they lack the necessary experience to price their bids correctly.

Without getting into the fundamentals of accounting there are two basic items that determine your tender price.  In fact, these two basic items should always be your guide when determining your price on the goods or services you sell.

The two items that determine pricing is:

  • Direct Cost; and
  • Indirect Cost.
  1. Direct Cost

Direct Cost is the cost that one pays to either:

  • Produce goods or services; or
  • The cost price you pay to procure goods or products that you will resell to your customers.

For instance, if you manufacture wooden chairs your Direct Cost will be the money you spend on purchasing the wood for the chairs.  Other Direct Cost in manufacturing wooden chairs would be wood glue, nails, and labour costs.

Thus, when responding to a tender you must take the utmost care that you include all your Direct Costs in your tender price.

  1. Indirect Cost

Indirect Cost is the expense that you must incur to run your business and these costs do not necessarily generate any income.  Some of the most common Indirect Cost that your business incurs will be:

  • Rent
  • Utility expenses such as electricity and water
  • Telephone
  • Stationery
  • Salaries and wages
  • Accounting fees

It is especially important to include Indirect Cost in your tender price.  Remember that the tender will form part of your normal day-to-day business and therefore it must contribute to your Indirect Cost. 

The question is how to calculate how much of the Indirect Cost is contributable to the tender.  There is not one specific rule but one of the more common rules is to estimate the time spend on servicing the tender and then use that to factor in the Indirect Cost into the tender price.  In other words, if you must spend 50% of your time servicing the tender then 50% of your Indirect Cost should be part of your tender price.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.  Book and pay online at https://howtotender.co.za/tender-expert-form/

Contact us at wernervr@howtotender.co.za should you need more information.

You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website https://howtotender.co.za/ which is a step by step guide how to respond to a South African Tender.  It includes examples of completed SBD forms.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of a QCTO registered Qualification Development Facilitators (QDF) for the reviewing of the occupational qualification Insurance Administration: Claims Assessor NQF Level 4 (99668). 2020-03-02 11:00 RFQ/2020/24
Request for Proposals for the Establishment of Panel of Service Providers for the Learning and Development Content Design and Development Services 2020-03-24 12:00 COR6355/2020/RFP
Appointment of architecture as principal agent for the repair and reinstatement of SABC Studio 6 building structure for period of two years. 2020-03-24 12:00 RFP/LOG/2020/4
The provision of armed guarding security services at Pilansberg Nature Reserve 2020-03-18 11:00 NWPB/RFT/PNPSEC/020/2020
Physical Security Improvement Beitbridge POP 2020-03-11 12:00 RFQ 6547
Rehabilitation, renovation and refurbishment of Inkululeko Yesizwe Primary School 2020-03-20 11:00 DID30/ 02/ 2020
Demolish and construction of the Dr. W.K Du-Plessis LSEN School 2020-03-23 11:00 DID31/ 02/ 2020
Refurbishment of Learskool Frikkie Meyer 2020-03-19 11:00 DID32/ 02/ 2020
Siloam hospital - Construction of new district hospital 2020-03-27 11:00 NDOHF 12/ 2019- 2020
Re-building of burnt down storage shelter for farm material 2020-03-21 11:00 ARC/ 14/ 09/ 19 (Re- advertise)
Bid for the Appointment of a Service Provider for the Provision of Cloud Hosting Platform to host The Department Of Employment and Labour`S Sap S4 Hana Roadmap Landscape and Support for the period of thirty six (36)months 2020-03-20 11:00 BID LAB 10/ 2019
Appointment of a Security Company to Provide Security in Kimberley for a period of 3 years 2020-03-13 11:00 DEDaT 0007/ 2019
The RAF hereby invites experienced and suitable service provider to provide Fleet Management for the Road Accident Fund for a period of five (5) years. 2020-03-13 11:00 RAF/ 2020/ 00003
Appointment of a Service Provider for the Karoo Walking Trails Signage and Mapping 2020-03-13 11:00 DEDaT 0005/ 2019
Appointment of a Service Provider to Develop The Mountain Bike Trails For Mcgregor Musuem in the Northern Cape 2020-03-13 11:00 DEDaT 0006/ 2019
Provision of Open Source Learner Management Service for a period of 36 Months 2020-03-06 11:00 NEMISA/ 2019/ LMSRFB010
The Appointment of a service provider to conduct a feasibility study towards the development of a monumental flag and flag pole. 2020-03-13 11:00 DAC 14/ 19- 20
Appointment of service provider to supply and deliver 5 ton truck for Clanso Farmer Production Support Unit (FPSU) located in ward 18,24,27, and 28 in the Umhlathuze Local Municipality within King Cetshwayo District Municipality in the province of Kwazulu-Natal 2020-03-12 11:00 SS- KZN 7/ 1/ 6/ 3 (753) 3T
Appointment of an HR consultancy firm to provide support to the CETA Administrator 2020-03-06 11:00 016- 2019/ 2020
Procurement of alternative accommodation for the Department of Public Enterprises (lettable office space of 12 144.34sqm and 228 parking bays for a period of 5 years) in Pretoria CBD, Arcadia, Hatfield 2020-03-13 11:00 H19/ 015PF

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