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.
Supply & delivery of cable. 2018-06-26 15:00 GJ1181037A
Supply: Electrical accessories 2018-06-29 15:00 GJ11801096
Supply: Hardware items 2018-06-26 12:00 GG11801523
Department of Labour: Procurement of Office accommodation comprising 3 134.09m² and 20 undercover Parking Bays in Johannesburg CBD for a period of five (5) years 2018-07-24 11:00 JHB.18/ 08
Department of Labour: Procurement of Office accommodation comprising 2 533.64m² and 20 undercover Parking Bays in Germiston CBD for a period of three (3) years 2018-07-24 11:00 JHB.18/ 09
Supply, Maintenance and Servicing of Tractors and Accessories for SANParks for a period of five (5) years 2018-07-16 11:00 GNP- 014- 18
Service Laundry 2x Drier, 2x Washing Machine and 1X pressure. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8973/ 18 NIEM
Service to Air-conditioners split unit x 44 units & window unit x 32 units. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8965/ 18 NIEM
Robben Island Museum (RIM) Intends on Creating an Open Database of Service Providers to Provide Suitable Options In Procuring a Passenger Ferry or In Providing Alternatives Such as; Leasing with the Option to Procure, Outright Purchase, Etc 2018-07-20 11:00 RIM FER 01- 2018 / 2019
Service to calorifiers x 02 units. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8968 NIEM
Service Voltage Switch Gears X 03. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8976/ 18 NIEM
RAF would like to appoint an experienced and suitably qualified service provider to provide leasing of office space in Durban Regional Office for a period of five (5) years 2018-07-17 11:00 RAF/ 2018/ 00026
Service of fire equipment at Groenvlei clinic X 12. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8980/ 18 NIEM
Service infra red testing to DB boards. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8982/ 18 NIEM
Maintenance of Telephone Management System (PBX) for Parliament of RSA 2018-07-06 12:00 B8/ 2018
Service medical gas plant, all oxygen & vacuum points in all three wards and two vacuum pumps x52 points. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8967/ 18 NIEM
Service of fire equipment at Niemeyer Memorial Hospital X 56. 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8979/ 18 NIEM
Appointment of a service provider to provide Internal Audit Services to the National Arts Council for a period of three (3) years on 80/20 PPPFA 2018-07-24 11:00 NAC- 01- 2018- 19
Service Genset 350KVA at Niemeyer Hospital 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8977/ 18 NIEM
Service Particle Count Test X 01 2018-06-29 11:00 ZNQ: 8981/ 18 NIEM

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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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