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.
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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