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.
Supply: 10/0 nylon 3/8 circle needle 6.4200 micron black monofilament non absorbable double arm premium spatula 30cm 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2377/ 08/ 17
Arceole sf 6 hexafluorvre desoufre 30mls set for infusion & ophthalmic gas ref. SF6 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2375/ 08/ 17
Chin tuck against resistance (CTAR) ball - inflatable rubber ball, 12cm diameter 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2344/ 08/ 17
Suture 8/0 vicryl violet braided suture 3/8 circle spatula double needle 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2374/ 08/ 17
Irrigation / aspiration cannulae(simcoe) 60mm /60mm (23ga) 0.3mm aspiration port 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2376/ 08/ 17
Cystofix supra pubic catheter size 5fr 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2372/ 08/ 17
A Nipple protector / shield made from odourless ultra fine silicone 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2343/ 08/ 17
Syringe irrigation urethral 4oz bulb syringe sterile 60ml. 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.1993/ 07/ 17
Fetoscopes plastic (as per spec) 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.1961/ 07/ 17
Clear adhesive dressing sterile 55cm x 45cm. 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.1717/ 07/ 17
Baby bottle 0-3 months 160ml peristaltic nipple to encourange natural tongue movement and imitate natural sucking, wide based nipple to help baby open mouth widely , nipple must be be from ultra- soft silicone with double thickness- allows softness and elasticity matt surface nipple reduces stickiness and stops baby’s mouth slipping, nipple hole must be small, bottle must be BPA free and made of polypropylene 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2107/ 07/ 17
Nicu premature pacifier (34-3 months) no flavour, it must provide a superb fit for new babies and babies over 34weeks gestation during their hospital stay, it must be designed to accommodate cpap tubing, mechanical ventilation or tube feeding the pacifier must not manufactured with BPA, DEHP or natural rubber latex , it must be able to be sterilized BPA free made of medical grade silicone and made as one piece construction 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2108/ 07/ 17
sterilisation wrap 137cm x 137cm dual colour sterilization wrap, disposable non- woven polypropylene, altex free does not contain deph, two sheets C6 34. 78g/m2 thermally sealed on two opposite edges melting point of 150degree antistatic properties. Microbial barrier 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2170/ 08/ 17
PTA dilatation balloon 8mm x 4cm, & 10mmx4cm 80-140cm delivery length 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2151/ 08/ 17
Supply: Nicu premature pacifier(30-34 weeks) no flavour, it must provide a superb fit for growing preemies 30-34weeks gestation or smaller term babies during their hospital stay, it must be designed to accommodate cpap tubing, mechanical ventilation or tube feeding the pacifier must not manufactured with BPA, DEHP or natural rubber latex , it must be able to be sterilized BPA free made of medical grade silicone and made as one piece construction 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2109/ 07/ 17
Supply: Pulmocath mucus extractor with funnel shaped adaptor at the proximal round of the end of the suction tube for simple and secure connection 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2101/ 08/ 17
Supply: XL 1000 chest drainage kit not under water, no suction control 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2008/ 07/ 17
Endo tracheal tube size 3cm soft and pliable blue ivory non cuffed latex free 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2100/ 08/ 17
Norco rainbow- therapeutic putty, medium ref 454g 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2027/ 07/ 17
Mobiderm pad, cubes 15mmx15mm for mobilization of subcutaneous tissue 2017-10-03 11:00 ZNQ No.2028/ 07/ 17

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Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids (tenders) you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids (tenders) as follows:

  • The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points... Read More
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