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.
Atraumatic Graspers - 5mm - Length 36cm - Reusable 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 524/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Curved Cutter / Stapler - Size: 3.0mm Length X 3.5mm Height 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 523/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Modified Bipolar Vessel Sealing Device, Single Use -Small Jaw. as per Specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 522/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Tubing, Latex (205) as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 398/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Ligasure Impact Tissue Fusion - Open Instrument - Size: 13.5mm. as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 355/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Catheter - Argyle - 40cm - Size 22g, as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 299/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Patient Plate With Cable - Single Use. as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 208/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Auto Suture Gia Premium 50mm X 3.8mm Loading Unit as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 95/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Auto Suture Gia Premium 90mm X 3.8mm Loading Unit. as per specification 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 94/ 17 - 18 GAZ
Sabs Approved Female Safety Shoes 2017-08-02 11:00 ZNQ: 257/ 2017/ 18
Appointment of a service provide to supply,deliver and install steel shelves to storeroom /archives/registry to the new and existing office blocks at 191-prince Alfred street building in Pietermaritzburg head office 2017-08-21 11:00 ZNT NO: 10/ 16/ 17
Postmasburg Dept of Labour: Alternative office accommodation: 475.00m² and 8 parking bays for a period of 5 years 2017-08-11 11:00 LS04/ 17
Calvinia Dept of Labour: Alternative office accommodation: 475.00m² and 9 parking bays for a period of 5 years 2017-08-11 11:00 LS05/ 17
Kimberley Dept of Water and Sanitation: Alternative office accommodation: 2930.68m² and 54 parking bays – for a period of 3 years 2017-08-11 11:00 LS03/ 17
Supply and Deliver Crepe bandage 100mm x 4.5m 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ: 200- 17/ 18
Supply and Deliver Bandage crepe 75mm x 4.5m 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ199- 17/ 18
Supply and Deliver single seat stainless steel chairs 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ: 189- 17/ 18
Supply and Install Diagnostic set wall mounted 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ: 193- 17/ 18
Supply and Deliver Abdominal Swabs Sterile X-ray detectable with loop. size 450mm x 370mm x 4 PLY 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ: 163- 17/ 18
Supply and Deliver: Portable Dental light with a carry bag 2017-08-01 11:00 ZNQ: 192- 17/ 18

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Functionality and Tenders

In all competitive bids (tenders) you as the bidder will have to respond to Functionality. You will need to score a set minimum number of points, measured as a percentage, on Functionality of a competitive bid (tender) in order to advance to the next phase of evaluation in the tender process.

Usually Organs of State evaluate competitive bids (tenders) as follows:

  • The tender response is evaluated on Functionality where the bidder must score points out of a maximum of 100 points.
  • A threshold of between 65 to 75 out of 100 points... Read More
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