Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Submitting your tender – instructions and conditions

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

There are certain guidelines you can follow when submitting your tender response.

Every tender has its own submission instructions.  It is of the utmost importance that you familiarize yourself with these conditions. Ensure that you comply with the process the Organ of State is requesting.  Ensure you are following the correct procedure, which the procuring entity is using. These instructions can usually be found at the beginning of the tender document and include instructions such as:

  1. Closing date – which is the last day that the tender response can be submitted.
  2. Closing times – VERY IMPORTANT – do not be late!  If the closing time is at 11H00 it means 11H00:00 sharp.  Not 11:00:01 – this means not ONE second after eleven o’clock.  This point cannot be emphasized enough.  If you are late your tender response will not be considered. Most procurement entities will indicate on the tender invitation document that the time they use is the time given by dialling Telkom’s 1026 line.  This is the official time in South Africa.
  3. How many copies of the tender must be submitted? Ensure that you submit the correct number of copies required.  You do not want the procuring entity to take your tender response apart to copy it.  Remember that there are several Bid Evaluation Committee members and each of them must have a copy of your tender response to evaluate it.
  4. Format – in which format i.e. hard copy or soft copy or both. Be mindful that the procuring entity can request different formats of your tender response.
  5. When you deliver your tender response ensure that it is into the correct tender box. This sounds silly, but tenders have been delivered into the wrong box. Many procuring entities have more than one tender box.
  6. If you must provide samples together with your tender response, ensure that the samples are also delivered to the correct address.  Sometimes the samples need to be delivered to a different address as the tender response, ensure you follow the delivering instructions carefully.
  7. Envelopes – make sure your tender is in a sealed envelope and that it is addressed correctly.  Sometimes it is a TWO envelope process.  An example of how your envelope must be addressed is:
     
     

    (You complete this column)

    Tender number

    BIDUS4-44/2013-2014/01

    Attention

    Mr. Dlamini

    Department

    Supply Chain Management

    Address line 1

    Room 12 First Floor

    Address line 2

    Best Local Municipality

    Address line 3

    11 Church Street

    Address line 4

    Putsonderwater

    Address line 5

    9991

  8. Finally: Write the address in a readable handwriting.  If they cannot decipher it - your tender will not be considered.

By following these rules, you will ensure that your tender response is considered for evaluation.    

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.
Purchase of earth moving equipment 2020-05-05 11:00 AHT23827
Appointment of a panel of electrical contractors (CIDB grade 3EP to 9 EP) to provide electrical construction services to the Alfred Duma Local Municipality for a period of one year 2020-04-16 11:00 EES 01/2020
Invitation for Service Providers to Provide Short Term Insurance for uMgungundlovu District Municipality 2020-04-23 12:00 09/2020
Supply and delivery of Refuse Skip Loader Truck for Makhado Local Municipality 2020-05-08 12:00 15 of 2020
Request for Proposals for the Placement on the Municipal Panel of Professional Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Consultants for a period of thirty-six (36) months 2020-04-24 12:00 UGU-07-1540-2020
Provision of Services: Taking of Water and Sewage Samples, Analysing, and Monitoring it in Botrivier, Caledon, Tesselaarsdal, Genadendal, Grabouw, Greyton, Riviersonderend and Villiersdorp for the Period From 01 July 2020 To 30 June 2023 2020-04-24 12:00 ENG 01/2020/21
Re-advert: Procurement of Service Provider for Enhancement of the APRM Electronic Questionnaire Tool for the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) 2020-04-28 11:00 APRM/001B/SIDA/EQT/2020
Supply and Installation of Artificial grass in various parks in Hermanus for a contract period ending 30 June 2020. 2020-04-03 12:00 SC2080/2020
Supply and Delivery of Sewing Equipment 2020-04-03 12:00 FWQ201/2019
Supply and Delivery of Cable 2020-04-03 12:00 FWQ204/2019
Supply and Delivery of Sewage Mixers 2020-05-08 12:00 FWQ207/2019
Supply and Delivery of a Soft Starter Water Pump Station Alwyndal 2020-05-08 12:00 FWQ208/2019
Installation of Perimeter Fence at Polokwane Traffic Station 2020-04-30 11:00 PUDP 758
Supply, Delivery and Installation of General Steelworks and Fittings 2020-04-30 12:00 TDR125/2019
Appointment of Contractors in the Built and Environment for construction Rivoni School for the blind for the Limpopo Department of Education 2020-04-30 11:00 LDE/IA/B18/2019/20
Supply and Delivery of Manhole Rings and Covers 2020-04-09 12:00 TDR120/2019
Supply and Delivery of Chemical Cleaning Product for use in the Wastewater Systems 2020-04-09 12:00 TDR121/2019
Supply and Delivery of a Cobra Safe MLP System with Various Components and Cobra Brass Fittings 2020-04-09 12:00 TDR123/2019
Appointment of panel of contractors for urban / rural stormwater maintenance 2020-05-04 12:00 13/2020
Supply and Delivery of Various Water Fittings 2020-04-09 12:00 TDR122/2019

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