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.

Earn to learn!

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Forklift training. 2018-07-19 12:00 SD11900050
Underwriting and Management of Insurance Portfolio for a Period of Three (3) Years 2018-08-13 11:00 8/2/224/2017-2018C
Supply 100 each concrete kerb 2018-07-19 14:00 GE11900132
Supply carbon asphalt 2018-07-19 14:00 GE11900131
Supply 60 meter steel round bar 2018-07-19 14:00 GE11900136
Supply mild steel angle iron 2018-07-19 14:00 GE11900135
Supply 60 meter flat bar 2018-07-19 14:00 GE11900137
Supply and delivery of Uniform for the Traffic Department 2018-07-27 12:00 SCM /05/2018-19
Supply 5 each galvanised Metal sheet 2018-07-19 14:00 GE11900138
Supply ductile iron saddle 2018-07-19 14:00 GE11900139
Supply and delivery of Printing Paper for the period ending 30 June 2021 2018-08-10 11:00 BV 658
Supply and delivery of Tissue Paper Products for the period ending 30 June 2021 2018-08-10 11:00 BV 657
Consultancy Service to prepare 2019 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Status Report under the theme “Women and Children in Humanitarian/ Conflict Contexts and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) 2018-07-31 15:00 AUC/SAD/C/2
Rental and servicing of sani bins for all fire stations 2018-07-19 14:00 SL11900014
Supply: Cleaning items 2018-07-23 15:00 GB11900013
Supply and delivery of detergents and cleaning materials for the period ending 30 june 2021 2018-08-10 11:00 BV681
Supply plain ended ductile iron valve 2018-07-23 14:00 GE11900112
Supply Lubricants 2018-07-20 16:00 GC11900020
For Consultancy Service to prepare 2019 Common African Position on Population Report 2018-07-31 15:00 AUC/SAD/C/6
Supply, Deliver and Install Alarm Systems into Electrical Substations 2018-07-17 11:00 SCM 04/2018

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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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