Issue Date: 
Monday, December 8, 2014

To tender is not a business

By W van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

8 December 2014

On our How2tender.com 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 misconception by 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 start-up 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.

Please visit our website at www.how2tender.com. You will also find our Tender Manual there - the Tender Manual guides you through the whole process of responding to a Tender or a Request for Proposal.

Happy tendering.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
After service repairs to Infra Red Scanning and Distribution board as per report. 2018-05-02 11:00 ZNQ 20/ 18
The Provision of Local Radiation Protection Monitors to support Outages, Projects and on an as and when required basis. 2018-05-22 10:00 KBG1845
Supply, Install, Commissioning of Tools, Equipments and Machinery for the Plumbing Workshop. 2018-05-23 11:00 EEC/ T05/ 2018
Remove damaged theatre light head and replace with new theatre light head of the same specification x 01 unit 2018-05-01 11:00 ZNQ 04/ 04/ 2018
Rendering of a Cleaning Service at Swellendam District Hospital Which Includes Swellendam Clinic, Otto Du Plessis District Hospital and Bredasdorp Clinics, Department of Health, Western Cape Government for a three (3) year period 2018-05-18 11:00 WCGHSC0149/ 2018
Supply and Delivery of Bogies at Transnet Engineering in Koedoespoort at Coaches Business. 2018-05-22 10:00 TE18-KDS-18Z-02865
Rendering of a Telephonic Interpretation Service for the Department Of Health, Western Cape Government for a two (2)year period 2018-05-22 11:00 WCGHSC0146/ 2018
Supply and Delivery of Drawbar for Transnet Engineering Koedoespoort in Coaches Business. 2018-05-22 10:00 TE18-KDS-18Z-02866
Annual service to domestic hot water supply as per attached specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 06 / 18 / 19
Major Service to Medical Gas Plant as per attahed specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 17 / 18 / 19
Major service to air-conditions for all clinic under Bethesda Hospital as per attached specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 24 / 18 / 19
Design, develop and implement the Data Platform together with Transnet Engineering R&D. 2018-05-22 10:00 TE18-KDS-8DV-02926
Annual Service to Fire Equipment for all Clinics Under Bethesda Hospital as per attahed specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 10 / 18 / 19
Service of UPS for hospital as per attached specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 12 / 18 / 19
Annual service to Lillipud Plant at Ophansi Clinics under Bethesda Hospital as per attached specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 15 / 18 / 19
Annual service to ventilation as per attached specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 22 / 18 / 19
Annual service to swimming pool as per attached specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 05 / 18 / 19
For the design, fabrication, supply, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of tapping points on the Boiler and Turbine Plant of Unit 4 and 6 at Duvha Power Station. 2018-05-23 10:00 MPPPSC001078R
Service of UPS for all Clinics Under Bethesda Hospital as per attahed specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 11 / 18 / 19
Major service to refrigeration for all clinics under Bethesda Hospital as per attached specification 2018-04-27 11:00 ZNQ 26 / 18 / 19

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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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