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.
Request for Proposal for appointment of service provider to source bulk media buying (space and airtime) for promotion and marketing of the Free State as a Destination. 2021-02-04 11:00 FSGLTA:01/2020/2021
Supply & delivery of protective clothing for public works staff 2021-01-21 12:00 PWBS-Q035/20/21
Supply and delivery of roads materials, equipment and tools 2021-02-02 12:00 T10/2020-2021
Supply and delivery of water and sewer materials, equipment and tools 2021-02-02 12:00 T11/2020-2021
Supply and delivery of electrical materials, equipment and tools 2021-02-02 12:00 T12/2020-2021
Training of 15 municipal employees 2021-02-02 12:00 T13/2020-2021
The replacement of the 120m MET tower cat ladders and landings 2021-01-28 10:00 KBG2013
Zoom Meetings Biz Host 1 year prepay 2021-01-18 11:00 RFQ20/21/104
Asset disposal: Subsea equipment in Port of Cape Town 2021-01-27 12:00 AD0058
Request for quotation: for the supply and delivery of food supplies for UNHCR’s Osire Refugee Settlement in Namibia 2021-01-20 23:45 RSA-2021-001
Supply and delivery of construction material 2021-01-20 12:00 SCM26/11/2020
Supply, delivery, install and service air conditioners 2021-01-20 12:00 SCM27/11/2020
Supply and delivery of the renewal of software licenses 2021-01-29 14:00 27/2021
Sale of vacant business zone I Erf: Erven 232 and 233: Merweville 2021-02-05 14:00 02/2021
Upgrading and Refurbishment of Electrical Networks (132/22/11/0.4KV) for the greater Beaufort West Municipality for the period ending June 2023. 2021-02-19 14:00 SCM 21/2021
Supply of licences for handhelds and meter reading software (re-advertisement) 2021-01-20 12:00 08/2/18/50
Supply and delivery of 3 layer fabric face masks 2021-01-27 12:00 BID 08/2/18/57
Notification of personal protective equipment (PPE) tender 2021-01-29 17:00 PH05012021- Notification of Panel PPE
Sale of scrap transformer oil at Phillipi SS - Western Cape 2021-01-19 10:00 OLT1238511
Provision of Estate Management Services 2021-01-28 12:00 NLM/EMS/2020/2021

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