Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Steps in the Tender Adjudication process

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

It is important to understand the adjudication process when one responds to a Tender or Request for Proposal.  If you have these 8 steps under control when responding to tenders, chances are good that you will proceed to the next round.

Here are 8 steps in the adjudication process that Organs of State will most often follow in determining which bidder will win the tender:

  1. Opening and recording of tenders
    When tenders are opened in public, the following features of each tender usually are announced and recorded:
  • The name of the bidder;
  • The bid price as stated on the form of tender;
  • The number of B-BBEE points claimed by the bidder;
  • Tenders usually are endorsed and dated with the approved tender stamp of the Organ of State or Private Entity.
  1. Determine whether tender responses are complete
    After the opening of tenders, the tender officials will determine the responsiveness of each tender by determining whether:
  • The tender complies with all the conditions of the Tender or Request for Proposal;
  • The tender has been properly completed and signed;
  • The tender meets the minimum resource objectives;

Above are just some of the requirements that must be met for your response to advance in the tender process.  Any tender that does not meet the stipulated requirements will be regarded as being non-responsive.  Non-responsive tenders will be eliminated from the adjudication process at this stage.  All responsive tenders will proceed to the next stage.

  1. Price Review
    The prices of all responsive tenders are checked for errors.  The Organ of State can interview Bidders who have tendered an unrealistically low price to determine whether there is a valid reason for its tender price being unrealistically low.  If the bidder cannot supply a valid reason, the tender would most probably be eliminated from the tender adjudication process.
  2. Award of points for Functionality
    Tenders that remain in contention will be awarded points for functionality.
  3. Awarding of points for Price
    At this stage, the points for price will be awarded according to the Preferential Points System.  Prices are usually adjusted to a common base so that it can be comparable with each bidder’s price.
  4. Process review
    At this stage, the legitimacy of the B-BBEE Levels claimed by the bidders will be validated and recorded.  If there are any reasons for eliminating tenders on the grounds of process review it will be recorded here.
  5. Summation of points
    The points awarded for price and B-BBEE will be added for each tender and, subject to satisfactory risk analysis; the tender which has been awarded the highest total number of points will be recommended for acceptance.
  6. Risk Analysis
    An Organ of State will do a risk analyses before acceptance of any tender to ensure that it would, if accepted, not place the Organ of State or the tenderer, at undue risk.

As one can see there are various elements that all contribute to the final awarding of a tender.

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 require 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.
Design, supply, erect, inspect and dismantle of scaffolding at Thornwood Embankment rehabilitation 2020-07-23 10:00 CRAC-DNR-33228
For the hire of a crewed 41.5 x 10m barge and a tug boat with a 10ton bollard pull capacity at seawall, berth 9 pier 1, Durban harbour 2020-07-21 10:00 CRAC DNR 32500
Printing services - AU diary and calendar 2021 - Framework Contract 2020-08-06 15:00 AUC/DIC/G/005
Supply and delivery of 18 x (xqty) hydroulic lifting trolleys for Forensic Pathology Services for 14 hospitals 2020-08-05 12:00 HEAL/208/20/MP Re-advertisement
Supply and delivery of 8 x dialysis machines with RO plant for Rob Ferreira and Witbank Hospital 2020-08-05 12:00 HEAL/209/20/MP Re-advertisement
Provision of Ambulance Services and Outsourcing ERT Services at Matla Power Station for a period of five (5) years. 2020-09-03 10:00 MPGXC006225
Occupational health and safety consultant for a period of three (3) years 2020-07-16 16:00 RFQ/002/2020
Invitation to tender for Farm Rietfontein Portion 47 395 JR 2020-07-28 10:00 IRP265
OHS Agent_Upgrade of Hornlee Sewer_T06 of 2019/2020 2020-07-14 12:00 12/2020/21
OHS Agent_Hornlee_Replacement & Rehabilitation of Existing Water Network_T21 of 2019/2020 2020-07-14 12:00 13/2020/21
Supply and delivery of hand sanitizer, gloves and masks 2020-07-14 12:00 14/2020/2021
Supply and Delivery of Laptops 2020-07-16 12:00 15/2020/21
Provision of loan finance 2020-08-05 12:00 T 01 OF 2020/21
Appointment of a suitable qualified and experienced service provider as auctioneer for a period of three (3) years to conduct the auctions of municipal owned fixed assets, moveable property and impounded vehicles on behalf of the municipality 2020-08-05 12:00 T 02 of 2020/21
Erratum: Extension of validity period for additional: 120 days for electrical database and mechanical database 2020-07-10 11:00 ZNB 5731/ 2019- H/ ZNB 5730/ 2019- H
Erratum: Provide a fully managed enterprise picture archiving and communications system for the Gauteng Department of Health (GDOH) with maintenance and support for a five (5) year period 2020-07-24 11:00 RFB 2186/ 2020
Erratum: Supply & install a hosted internet protocol telephone system & IP phones for the Dep of Higher Education & Training 2020-07-17 11:00 RFB 2158/ 2020
Erratum: Request for Proposals: Appointment of a panel of suitable service providers to supply and deliver office stationery to the NHBRC for a period of three (03) years. 2020-07-10 11:00 NHBRC 41/ 2019
Erratum: Supply maintenance of network cabling for saps for a period of three (03) years 2020-07-24 11:00 RFB 2126 - 2019
Request for Proposal: Establishment of a frame agreement for provision of translation and interpretation services for UNHCR offices in regional bureau of Southern Africa. 2020-08-07 16:00 RFP/020/HCR/RBSA/SUP/019

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