Issue Date: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tender Experience - Do I need it?

A regular question asked is “I am interested in registering a CC, specifically to apply for government tenders. I don't have any experience in business let alone in tendering, so I want to find out if one can be awarded a tender if he/she does not have specific experience?”

Firstly, unfortunately you cannot register a CC (Closed Corporation) in South Africa anymore - you will have to register some other juristic person such as a private company.

The tender processes in South Africa are governed by:

  • The Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act;
  • Preferential Procurement Regulations, 2011;
  • National Treasury’s Supply Chain Regulations;
  • General Procurement Guidelines.

According to these Acts and Regulations, Competitive Bids - as tenders are legally called in South Africa - must be evaluated on either the 90/10 or 80/20 Preference Points Scoring System. All Government tender responses must be evaluated on one of these two systems if it has passed the Functionality test.

The Functionality test determines if a bidder has the capabilities to execute the contract or not. During the Functionality test the bidders are tested on various aspects of the contract to establish the extent of their capabilities. Bidders are mostly tested on the following criteria during the Functionality test:

  1. Experience: the Procuring Entity - either Public or Private Sector - wants to know how many years’ experience the bidders has in order to execute the contract;
  2. Human Resources: the bidder must indicate if it has the human manpower, with the necessary experience and expertise to successfully comply with the requirements of the contract;
  3. Financial capabilities: Procuring Entities are hesitant to award a contract to anyone who doesn’t have the required capital available in order to successfully execute the contract.
  4. Other functionality criteria: usually the Procuring Entity will require other Functionality criteria that are specific to the goods or services that they want to procure. For example: if the Procuring Entity needs a construction company, the bidder will have to be registered with the Construction Industry Development Board.. If the bidder is not registered with the CIBD then the bid response will be marked as non-responsive.

During the Functionality test bidders will score points on the different Functionality criteria. Each Functionality criteria will have a weight in points. The weight of each functionality criteria will be dependent on the importance of the criteria in the contract. Thus, you will find that Experience can have a higher score than Human Resources and so on.. All competitive bids will have a minimum number of points that needs to be scored by the bidder in order to progress to the next phase of evaluation namely the Preference Points Scoring system. Only those bidders that reach the minimum threshold, which can be anything between 60 and 90 points out of a 100 points, will advance to the next phase.

So, to answer the question, will you will be awarded a tender if you have no experience is a simple: NO, you won’t. The Procuring Entity must apply the abovementioned Acts and Regulations in evaluating bid responses and automatically disqualify bid responses that do not have the necessary experience.

There are some Government Entities that have committed themselves to procure a certain percentage of goods and services from start-up enter but these bids are hard to find and there are many businesses that respond to them. This means that your chances of being the successful bidder are slim.

Find something that you are good at and start a small business and once you have gained some experience you can start responding to quotations and bids.

Get proper training in the art of responding to quotations and competitive bids by attending the How-to-Tender workshops (www.how2tender.com).

Earn to learn!

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Service Provider to Provide Service for Learner’s and Driver’s License for 39 People 2018-03-01 12:00 RFQ / 357
Conference facility with catering 2018-02-26 12:00 B651/2017/18
Supply: Gauge for spray Gun;1.3 Spray Gun;1.8 Spray Gun 2018-02-28 12:00 GD11800771
Service Provider to Train 50 Smme’s on the tender Document Processes 2018-03-01 12:00 RFQ / 358
Supply: Hardware items 2018-02-28 12:00 GG11800716
Appointment of a service provider to assist with the recruitment and selection process of Section 56 Managers 2018-02-27 12:00 RFQ 293/2017/18
Supply padlock; brass 2018-02-22 11:30 GG11800711
Accredited Firefighter 1 Training (Firefighter 1 course and Hazmat Awareness) 2018-02-27 11:00 296/2017/18
Supply ceramic tiles 2018-02-28 12:00 GG11800710
Trencing and Installation of Cables as and when required 2018-03-26 12:00 ENG012/2018
Provide Health Care Services - Medical Surveillance 2018-03-13 12:00 JCPZ/SHEQ01/2017
Recruitment Services 2018-03-13 12:00 JCPZ/HR03/2017
Monitoring and Inspection Services. 2018-03-13 12:00 JCPZ/RFP/NBD01/2017
To Operate, Maintain and to Supply Equipment in Sewer Treatment Plant 2018-03-27 10:00 MPPPSC001082
Supply solid SA pine timber 2018-02-28 12:00 GG11800714
Supply and deliver new borehole motor and pump combination 18.5KW 8.3l/s @ 125m (head) 2018-02-27 12:00 294/2017/18
Provision of Cleaning Services. 2018-03-14 11:00 OTT/444/201802
Request for Proposals are Invited for Investment in the Refurbishment and Management of the Rustenburg Showgrounds on a Long-Term Lease Basis 2018-03-27 10:00 RLM/DLED/0101/2017/18
Maintenance of Hydraulic Bin Compactors for two (2) years. 2018-03-15 14:00 58726
Request for Proposal for Drilling Two (2) Slim Hole Geologic Characterization Wells in the Zululand Basin for the South African Pilot Carbon Storage Project. 2018-03-16 11:00 435

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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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