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 and delivery of Mildsteel Galvanised Tee Bolts and Nuts at Withoogte 2017-11-29 12:00 6/5/2/321
Appointment Of A Service Provider For Meter Reading Services For The City Of Mbombela 2017-12-07 11:00 175/2017
Data Centre Maintenance and Repairs of Air Conditioning System 2017-12-07 11:00 RFP 129
Appointment of a service provider for assessment and valuation of the Legacy Rehabilitation liability cost 2017-12-08 11:00 ALEX RFP 4/2017/2018
Design, Provision and Management of a Wide Area Network for the Eden District Municipality 2017-12-08 11:00 E/04/17-18
Repair to Infrastructure in Tergniet – Stairs at Tidal Pool Kus Road 2017-12-08 12:00 49-17/18
Supply and delivery of tyres (one year contract). 2017-12-08 12:00 SCM/INFR13/2017/2018
Supply and Delivery of a Grader 2017-12-08 12:00 SCM/INFR12/2017/2018
Compilation of the 2017/2018 GRAP Compliant Financial Statements 2017-11-23 13:45 SCM/FS06/201/2018
Port Engineering - Smart Peoples Port Study 2017-12-12 12:00 PEH 135/VB
Port Engineering - Dredging of Small Craft Areas 2017-12-12 12:00 PEH 134/VB
Appointment of a suitable service provider for the training of 25 beneficiaries in basic bookeeping for a period of 12 months 2017-11-29 11:00 7Z - 35406
The construction of 50 sow piggery for Intandela multipurpose and project cooperative at Goodhome under Ntabamhlophe area in ward 14 of Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality under Uthukela District Municipality in the Kwazulu-Natal province 2017-12-14 11:00 SS-KZN 7/1/6/3 (642) 000R
Implementation of GRAP 12;16 and 17 assets register for a period of a period of three years 2018-01-02 12:00 SCM/FS05/2017/2018
Construction of Sewer Lines Tarka Mossel Bay 2018-01-12 12:00 45-17/18
Construction of the extension of Taung library 2018-01-02 12:00 SCM/SS06/2017/2018
Supply and delivery of Safety Clothing for the Langeberg Municipality, for the Period of 3 Consecutive Years 2017-12-08 12:00 T 32/2017
The Supply and delivery of 7 x Sealing End 132kv 400SQ CU of D2872 2018-01-23 13:00 DX 756
Supply, delivery and installation of Sewer Pumps Mandela Square Montagu 2017-12-01 12:00 TE 87/2017
Supply: Guard rail 2017-11-27 14:00 GE11800781

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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.
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