Issue Date: 
Monday, August 11, 2014

Tender Knowledge

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

11 August 2014

Sometimes I am surprised at how little business people in South Africa know about tenders and the tender process. Simple things like terminology and general tender information seem difficult to comprehend, not to mention the standard bidding documents and tender pricing.

Unbelievably there are still entrepreneurs that think to respond to tenders is an actual business itself? You will find that these entrepreneurs respond to all the tenders that are on offer by a specific Government Department or municipality. I am not sure if it`s successful in rural areas but my experience in the big metropolitan areas is that the procurement department`s employees just have a good laugh when they find tender responses like these - and then they disqualify ALL the tenders from this entrepreneur. This is a typical example of a tenderpreneur.

If you want to tender you must have a running business or at least be a start-up business. Do not respond to a tender if you do not operate as a business. You are going to find that you will not be awarded the tender that you have responded to.

Make sure that when you tender you know what the difference is between a Tender, Bid, Request for Proposal and Request for Quotation. These are terms used in day to day tender activities. Ensure that you are aware of tender briefing sessions and what to expect at these briefing sessions. The list of things to know is endless.

Entrepreneurs also struggle to find the latest tenders that are on offer. We regularly get people enquiring about actual tenders that are currently available. How2Tender.com does not render such a service, instead they offer valuable advice via their How To Tender Manual and workshops. It is only websites such as sa-tenders.co.za that render such a service. But then again, some entrepreneurs lack the knowledge to know this.

If you as an entrepreneur have attended one of their workshops you will have all the knowledge you need to respond to a tender correctly and accurately. The hope is that you are equipped with all the knowledge you will need to respond to tenders successfully. Unfortunately success is never guaranteed.

So, if you want to be one of the best equipped entrepreneurs out there, we suggest you invest in a tender workshop. Please visit the website at www.how2tender.com for more information on this as well as other products and services.

Until next time - happy tendering.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of an accredited external water testing laboratory for AgriZone for a period of three years. 2018-09-14 11:00 DTP/RFP/11/AGZ/06/2018
Exterior painting at Wellington, Civic Centre 2018-08-30 10:00 BK016 (DIC0025814)
Procurement of grade 8 and 9 MST camp: Academic and role modeling 2018-09-03 12:00 CS/SCM/COO/MST/R18-19/27
The Department of Public Enterprises invites service providers to submit a proposal to assist the Department to manage and render an in-house canteen service. 2018-09-03 11:00 DPE 6/2018-2019
New vinyl floor covering at Soup Kitchen 2018-08-30 10:00 BK015 (DIC0025816)
Civil Engineering Services for the implementation of Rea Vaya Phase 1C Greenstone Bus Terminal for design review and contract administration. 2018-09-14 12:00 JDA/GT001
Supply: 6 each x vibration detection sensor iq2400s5-m12c 2018-08-27 12:00 GD11900208
Precinct Study, Noorder Perel, Paarl 2018-08-23 10:00 DIP0001964
Supply Equipment for metro farmworkers. 2018-08-22 12:00 GG11900273
Supply: Medical supplies 2018-08-22 15:00 GF11900116
Revamping of derelict a cricket wicket at New Orleans Sportsfields 2018-08-30 10:00 DSP0019548
Rewind and Repair both 45kw and 37kw flange mounted motor 2018-08-24 12:00 RFQ NO: 8/3/2- 57/2018
Completion of bus route at Tweefontein - G in Thembisile Hani Local Municipality. 2018-09-14 12:00 3387/17
Supply & replace of 2 x 36000btu split A/C at Mayors Office in Civic Centre, Paarl 2018-08-30 10:00 DIE0014378
Annual service and repairs of standby generators in the Water department at various venues 2018-08-30 10:00 DIC0025810
Holsloot Diversion works: Construction of concrete weir and associated structures. 2018-09-14 12:00 127/2018
Supply & delivery of pipes UPVC 110mm socketed (6m length class 51) 2018-08-23 10:00 S4W0003028
Supply and Installation of Stormwater Network at Region1 (Emzinoni Victor Khayane Road 2018-08-27 12:00 RFQ NO: 8/3/2- 60/2018
IFRS 17 Implementation Services. 2018-09-14 12:00 RFP 2018/13
Construction of a 6 point swing-over milking parlour. 2018-09-14 12:00 20/2018

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