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.
Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Umzinyathi District: Nquthu: Community Service Centre Infrastructure Rehabilitation Programme: Alterations and Refurbishment for Molefe Tac 2020-10-20 11:00 ZNTL 04222 W
Provision of Maintenance and Support for Cisco Prime Infrastructure for a period of two (2) years. 2020-10-09 11:00 RFB 2250- 2020
Construction of Mandlazi Primary School Early Childhood Development Centre In Harry Gwala District, KZN. 2020-10-12 12:00 CDC/ 462/ 20- T
Supply and install a Unified Communication solution including Project Management Services during the installation, end devices, formal training, and 3rd Level Support and Maintenance (Software and hardware assurance) for 5 years for the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS). 2020-10-09 11:00 RFB 2266/ 2020
Construction of Savela Primary School Early Childhood Development Centre In Harry Gwala District, Umzimkhu, KZN 2020-10-12 12:00 CDC/ 463/ 20- T
Department of Public works: Pretoria: Procurement of 2 -3 bedroomed fully furnished house with the minimum of 2 bathrooms for Cuban Technical Advisors for a period of 18 months in Pretoria East, Faerie Glen, Menlo Park, Waterkloof and Hatfield. 2020-10-12 11:00 H20/ 006PF
Construction of Straalhoek Primary School Early Childhood Development Centre In Harry Gwala District, UMZIMKHU, KZN. 2020-10-12 12:00 CDC/ 464/ 20- T
SAPS-Criminal Records and Crime Scene Management - Procurement of alternative office accommodation of 1 123.25 square meter and 20 parking bays for a period of 5 years in Pretoria North (CBD). 2020-10-12 11:00 H20/ 004PF
DCS: Sevontein Prison: 36 Months Term Contract: Preventative and Maintenance of Water Treatment Plant It is estimated that tenderers should have CIDB contractor grading designation of 3ME or 3CE or Higher. 2020-10-27 11:00 DBN20/ 09/ 01
Construction Of Early Chilhood Development Classrooms (ECDC) At Luzindela Primary School In King Cetshwayo District, KZN 2020-10-12 12:00 CDC/ 465/ 20- T
DCS: Mthunzini Prison: 36 Months Term Contract: Preventative and Maintenance of Sewage Treatment Plant It is estimated that tenderers should have CIDB contractor grading designation of 3ME or 3CE or Higher. 2020-10-29 11:00 DBN20/ 09/ 03
DCS: Sevontein Prison: 36 Months Term Contract: Preventative and Maintenance of Sewage Treatment Plant It is estimated that tenderers should have CIDB contractor grading designation of 3ME or 3CE or Higher. 2020-10-28 11:00 DBN20/ 09/ 02
DCS: Qalakabusha Prison: 36 Months Term Contract: Preventative and Maintenance of Sewage Treatment Plant. It is estimated that tenderers should have CIDB contractor grading designation of 3ME or 3CE or Higher. 2020-11-05 11:00 DBN20/ 09/ 06
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), in its quest to strengthen its brand presence on social media platforms wishes to contract a solid and effective social media and marketing company to develop a social media management strategy and implementation thereof. 2020-10-09 11:00 Q66433345
DCS: Waterval Prison: 36 Months Term Contract: Preventative and Maintenance of Piggery Sewage Treatment Plant and Bulk Water Supply Pump Station. 2020-11-10 11:00 DBN20/ 09/ 07
DCS: Ncome Prison: 36 Months Term Contract: Preventative and Maintenance of Water Treatment Plant It is estimated that tenderers should have CIDB contractor grading designation of 3ME or 3CE or Higher. 2020-11-03 11:00 DBN20/ 09/ 04
Appointment of a Training Provider For Life Orientation Teachers Workshops Over Three Years 2020-10-05 11:00 BS/ 2019/ RFB428
Appointment of a Service Provider Who Is MICT Seta Accredited to Deliver and Implement an NQF Level 4 Film and Television Production Operations Qualification as a Learnership Programme for 30 KwaZulu-Natal Youth Per Annum for a Period of Three Years Which Will Capacitate Them With The Relevant Film and TV Skills 2020-09-28 11:00 KZNFC- T06A/ 2020/ 21
Establishment of a Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) Panel of Professional Service Providers for a Period of Three (3) Years – Batch 4 2020-10-02 11:00 GTAC 015- 2020- 21
For The Identification of Accredited Training Providers to Facilitate The Design and Delivery of a Training Programme on The Mfma Regulated Minimum Competency Levels For Approximately 100 National and Provincial Treasury Officials on Identified Unit Standards 2020-09-25 11:00 GTAC 014- 2020- 21

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