Issue Date: 
Monday, May 9, 2016

Tender Briefing sessions, Site Meetings & Information Sessions

If you have ever responded to a request for quotation or a competitive bid you will have come across a 'Briefing Session, Site Meeting or Information Session'. These are meetings that are held before the quotation or a competitive bid (tender) is due.

Most of the time these sessions is compulsory and not attending it can and might most probably lead to your tender response being disqualified.

Here are a number of things that you must remember when you attend one of these sessions:

  1. Be on time - previously if you arrived late and you would still be allowed to enter the session. Now there are a cut-off time. This is normally not later than 15 minutes after the sessions have started. They lock the doors - you won't be able to get in. The cut-off time is usually stated in the tender document or in the tender advertisement.
  2. Sign the attendance register - remember to sign the attendance register in the name of the company that you are going to respond in. Many people have multiple companies. Ensure that you use the correct name. When attending the session and you know you are going into a Joint Venture to the tender, then use the Joint Venture's name.
  3. Buy the tender document - If you have to purchase the tender document beforehand - especially at municipalities - arrive at least an hour before the sessions starts. Remember that you are not going to be the only person attending the session and there will most likely a queue. This might cause you to be late and not be able to attend the session.
  4. Ask questions - the information session is the best time and opportunity to ask questions. Quickly scan the scope of the tender as well as other requirements and ensure you know exactly what is required from you by asking questions during the session.
  5. Check out your competition - now is the time to evaluate what your chances are of winning the tender. If there are only three or four attendees at the session then you know you stand a chance but if there are three hundred attendees you know it is going to be a challenge to win the tender.
  6. If you are going to respond using a Joint Venture partner or a subcontractor it might be a good idea to take them along to the session. Let them get the information first hand to avoid miscommunication later.
  7. Evaluate the opportunity - sometimes tender descriptions are vague. You might think that the tender opportunity is for you but once you have attended the session you might think twice. Responding to tenders is time consuming and there is always a cost involved. Evaluate the situation and determine if it is for you or not.
  8. Last but not least we always recommend that the person who is going to be responsible for responding to the tender must attend the Briefing session where important is shared that might not be otherwise communicated. If you are not there your tender response might be non-responsive because of information that you did not provide.

If you follow these guidelines your chances of being awarded a tender will increase tremendously.

Get proper training in the art of responding to quotations and competitive bids by attending training sessions. Visit www.how2tender.com and learn all you need to know about responding to tenders correctly and hopefully successfully.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply And Delivery of Paraffin (Re-advertisement). 2018-05-17 12:00 FBS/PAR-BTO-CL-MHLM 2017-18
Professional services: short term insurance portfolio for period of 3 years 2018-05-11 14:00 SCM 17/2018
Supply, Delivery, Installation and Commissioning Of 12KV Switchgear Panels. 2018-05-25 12:00 T38.17.18
Tender for the provision of Travel agency and associated services for King Cetshwayo District for the period ending 30 June 2021. 2018-05-28 12:00 KCDM/19/2018
Electrical and mechanical infrastructure for new inlet works at the Riversdale Wastewater Treatment Works – Phase 2B. 2018-06-01 12:00 HES-TECH 13/1718
Re-Advert: Supply and Delivery of ± 3 (Three) on / off Road Motorbikes by an accredited dealer 2018-05-15 12:00 BS 08/04/2018
Supply and delivery of building works material 2018-05-11 14:00 SCM 19/2018
Eden District Municipality Invasive species monitoring control and eradication plan for its properties. 2018-05-11 11:00 ITE/31/17-18
Printing of an IDP Document. 2018-05-11 11:00 ITE/32/17-18
Panel of service providers for supply and delivery of metering kiosk. 2018-05-11 12:00 A034-2017/18
Appointment of a Maximum of Two (02) Consultants for Designs, Supervision, Monitoring and Project Management of all Municipal Buildings and Community Facilities Projects for a period of 3 (three) years on an ad hoc basis 2018-05-29 12:00 BS01/04/2018
Panel of service providers for supply and delivery of streetlight fittings as and when required. 2018-05-11 12:00 A035-2017/18
Provision of bulk processing, printing, posting and distribution of monthly statements. 2018-05-11 12:00 A036-2017/18
Provisioning of professional services for the Offshore Baseline (OSSB) contamination study in the Port of Saldanha. 2018-05-11 10:00 TNPA SLD249/04/2018
Annual large herbivore survey in the protected areas in the North West province for a period of three years. 2018-05-15 11:00 NWPB/RFT/AERIAL GAME COUNT/002/2018
The Appointment of a service provider for the purchasing, delivery and commissioning of the following: Inductively Coupled Plasma Atom Emission Spectroscopy System and Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatograph coupled with an Ultraviolet Detector. 2018-05-17 11:00 4.4.12.2/4/18
Supply and Delivery of Dairy Products to Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) Departments Institutions and State Information Technology Agency (SITA) for a period of 36 months. 2018-05-18 11:00 GT/GPT/068/2018
Supply and Delivery of Dry Groceries and Toiletries to GPG Departments and SITA for a period of 36 Months. 2018-05-18 11:00 GT/GPT/069/2018
Request to go out on an urgent RFB to acquire an alternative suitable office space for SITA Mpumalanga Nelspruit through an operating lease for an initial minimum period of 5 years with an option to / renew/ extend for a maximum of another (5) five years. 2018-05-18 11:00 RFB 1731/2018
Rendering of Security Services for Various Areas within the WC024 Municipal Jurisdiction, Until 30 June 2021 2018-06-01 12:00 BSM 87/18

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Tender adjudication process

The SBD/WCBD6.1 document must form part of all bids invited.  It contains general information and serves as a claim form for preference points for Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment (B -BBEE) Status Level of Contribution, and explains how tenders or bids are decided.

The document says:

  • The bidder obtaining the highest number of points will be awarded the contract.
  • Preference points shall be calculated after prices have been brought to a comparative basis.
  • Points scored will be rounded off to two decimal places... Read More
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