Issue Date: 
Monday, December 8, 2014

To tender is not a business

By W van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

On our Howtotender.co.za website we have a contact us page. The idea with this page is to answer questions from entrepreneurs regarding our website should there be something on the website that is unclear or just normal run of the mill questions regarding our products and services. The problem is that we get a lot of weird questions and requests through this page.

The most common thread of the weird responses that we receive is the misperception of people (not entrepreneurs) that to tender is a business. We see it through the statements that these people make and through the questions that they ask.

These people think once they have registered a company, got a Tax Clearance Certificate as well as a B-BBEE Certificate they are ready to tender. They also think that these three documents will ensure that they will be successful in their bidding efforts. The truth of the matter is that unfortunately these people would be lucky if their tender responses make it through the first round of evaluation.

In order to tender, you must have a business! Even if it is a start-up business, you must have the intention to do business, irrespective of winning a tender or not.

You can not say that you have registered this business and now you are ready to tender for security services, cleaning services, building bridges or supplying canons to the army. It just doesn’t work that way anymore.

Maybe five or ten years ago these kind of dodgy business operations and tender responses were acceptable, but nowadays you won’t get far with these kinds of tricks. There are several checks and balances in place to ensure that the whole tender process is transparent. Gone are the days that you could respond to a tender and be awarded the tender and not even had a business premises where you operated from.

So to summarize:

  • Ensure that you have a legitimate business operation;
  • If you have a startup business ensure that there is evidence of business transactions other that that of the tender that you are responding to;
  • Establish a business address and/or an office where your business operates from.

To tender is not a business but if you have a business and you respond to tenders it can be very rewarding.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions please attend one of our How-to-Tender workshops. For more information on the tender courses please email Estelle at Estelle@howtotender.co.za.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd. which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

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The RAF hereby invites experienced, suitably qualified service providers for Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) Solution for a period of five (5) years. 2019-07-16 11:00 RAF/ 2019/ 00016
Appointment of a Service Provider to Provide Travel Management Services to Public Protector South Africa (Ppsa): Head Office Over a Period of Three (3) Years 2019-07-12 11:00 PPSA 001/ 2019
Provision of Technical Advisory Services to National Treasury: Intergovernmental Relations for The Cities Support Programme (Csp) to Enable Streamlined Online Reporting By Eight Metropolitan Municipalities Local Government Monitoring, Evaluation And Reporting Specialist 2019-07-05 11:00 GTAC 010- 2019
Data Centre Hosting Services for a period of 36 months 2019-07-19 11:00 SCMN001/ 2019
Appointment of a Service Provider to Conduct an Implementation Evaluation of The Sector Infrustructure Programme. 2019-07-05 11:00 SD02/ 2019
Appointment of aService Provider for Rendering of Travel Management Services to Dsd In Terms of Air Travel, Accommodation, Car Rental, Shuttle Services and Parking at The O R Tambo International Airport. 2019-07-05 11:00 SD03/ 2019
The appointment an event management company to provide event management services to National Film and Video Foundation. 2019-07-08 11:00 RFT 02 2019- 2020
Placement of automated serology / immunology analysers for Braamfontein for a period of five (5) years. 2019-07-15 11:00 RFB 022/ 19/ 20
Appointment of Panel of Experts to Assist The Department In Specialist IPTN-Related Fields for The Period of 36 Months. 2019-07-12 11:00 DOT/ 02/ 2019/ PT
Appointment of a Service Provider to Assist The Department With The Review of Legislation And Streamlining The Legislative Mandates of Road Traffic Management Corporation, The Cross Border Road Transport Agency, The South African National Roads Agency Limited, The Road Traffic Infringement Agency and The Road Accident Fund. Further More to Align all Those Legislation With The National Road Traffic Act. 2019-07-12 11:00 DOT/ 03/ 2019/ RT
Placement of automated serology / immunology analysers for Braamfontein for a period of five (5) years 2019-07-15 11:00 RFB 023/ 19/ 20
Provision of Office Accommodation: Ladysmith Local Office for a leased period of 5 years.(Leases ranging from seven to ten years will also be considered).The office space required should be a minimum of 300m² with six (6) parking bays. 2019-07-19 11:00 08/ 2019
Supply and delivery of promotional items nationally for a period of five (5) years. 2019-07-16 11:00 RFB006/ 19/ 20
Establishment of an INSETA Research Chair (RC) and Centre of Excellence (CoE) for research in Kwazulu Natal and Western Cape. 2019-07-10 11:00 Skills/ 2019/ 01
Appointment of a service provider for the supply, delivery and commissioning of one (1) gas chromatograph with flame ionization detector for the analytical services south laboratory in Stellenbosch. 2019-07-04 11:00 4.4.12.2/ 5/ 19
Thermo Scientific Nalgene Analytical test filter funnels 250 mL (0.45μm Cellulose nitrate filter membrane) (Case of 50).......x1; GE Whatman Binder free Glass microfiber filters, Grade 93-AH Circles (1.5μm particle retention size and 47mm membrane diameter) Pack of 100.........x2; GE Whatman Binder free Glass microfiber filters, Grade 93-AH Circles (0.7μm particle retention size and 47mm membrane diameter) Pack of 100.........x2; GE Whatman Binder free Glass microfiber filters, Grade 93-AH Circles (1.0μm particle retention size and 47mm membrane diameter) Pack of 100.........x2; Polyethersulfone membrane filters (0.2μm particle retention size and 47mm membrane diameter) Pack of 100........x2; Polyethersulfone membrane filters (0.45μm particle retention size and 47mm membrane diameter) Pack of 100......x2 2019-06-21 11:00 RFQ000337
Invitrogen: RNAlater Tissue Collection: RNA Stabilization Solution (250mL)...........x4; Invitrogen: Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) Colorimetric Activity Kit [Cat # EIASODC 192 tests]........x2; Invitrogen: Glutathione Colorimetric Detection Kit [Cat # EIAGSHC 384 tests]..........x1; Invitrogen: Catalase Colorimetric Activity Kit [Cat # EIACATC 192 tests]........x2 2019-06-21 11:00 RFQ000336
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10 things to remember when you tender

By Werner van Rooyen

31 January 2019

There are many things that you as a small business owner must remember when you respond to a tender and sometimes responding to a tender can be overwhelming. Experience has taught me that there are some important things to remember when responding to a Tender and there are some less important things to remember when responding to a Tender.

Here are ten of the important things to remember when responding to a Tender. Please remember that all ten of these items mention here are equal... Read More

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