Issue Date: 
Monday, March 17, 2014

Tenders and Pricing

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

17 March 2014

One of the most important parts of any tender is pricing.

All tender documents will tell you that it is not necessarily the lowest bid that will win the tender and that there are also other factors that influence the final decision. This might be true but be assured that you will lose more tenders than you will win if you have the highest price. Make sure you price your tender correct.

Dealing with the Standard Bidding Document 3 (SBD 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3), which is the pricing document, can be hair-raising. In these documents they talk about firm prices, non-firm prices, professional service providers, exchange rates and lots more confusing matters. There are three SBD 3 documents namely the:

  • SBD 3.1 for firm prices
  • SBD 3.2 for non-frim prices
  • SBD 3.3 for professional service providers.

Many people ask the question - how must we work out our tender price? There is no straight answer because every tender is different. The fact is that a tender for the supply of furniture will have a different pricing structure than a tender for the supply of food for a government function. So to provide individual pricing techniques would be very difficult.

In general there are a couple of points that must be dealt with when you calculate your price. These include:

  • Be precise; when your product that you supply is R10-26 then state it in the tender document as R10-26 and not as R10-00 or even R11-00. Small differences like these can amount to large amounts that can be lost, depending on the size of the tender.
  • Ensure that you take all your costs into consideration; double check your pricing - something small left out can come back and bite you later on.
  • Always remember to add Value Added Tax (VAT) at 14% to your price. The tender committees want to see the final price. They do not want to sit with a calculator and calculate what your price is supposed to be. Most tenders state that the price must include VAT.
  • Try and quote firm prices, even if the tender duration in more than 12 months. Tender committees are hesitant for non-firm prices.

If you apply these points above, your pricing will be less of a challenge.

Another peace of advice is to draw-up your own pricing schedule and to refer on the SBD 3 document back to your own pricing schedule. The reason being: every supply is unique and to try and fit your pricing into the SBD 3 forms is usually undoable. You will find that almost all bidders do this. Your tender would not be judged as non-responsive by using a separate pricing schedule.

If you want to learn more about the tender process and how to complete a tender correctly and hopefully successfully, please visit our website at www.how2tender.com to find out more.

Until the next time - happy tendering.

Don’t delay, get educated today!

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of service providers to implement The Animal and Veld Management Programme (AVMP) Soil Rehabilitation Projects in Spitskop and Zandmartinsdrift Land Reform Farms in the Edinburg area in Kopanong Local Municipality within Xhariep District Municipality as well as in De Hoop Land Reform Farm in the Bloemfontein area within Mangaung Metro Municipality in the Free State province. 2018-10-05 11:00 PSSC- RID- FS 0004 (2018/ 2019)
Supply, Delivery and Off-loading of Perishable Provisions at Klerksdorp, Rooigrond and Rustenburg Management Areas (North -West Province) 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 04/ 2018 NORTH - WEST
Appointment of service providers to implement The Animal and Veld Management Programme (AVMP) Soil Rehabilitation Project in Rietfontein Land Reform Farm in the Soutpan area in Masilonyana Local Municipality within Lejweleputswa District Municipality in the Free State province. 2018-10-05 11:00 PSSC- RID- FS 0003 (2018/ 2019)
Supply , Delivery and Off-loading of Perishable Provisions at Barberton ,Bethal and Witbank management areas( Mpumalanga Province) 2018-11-06 11:00 LMN 05/ 2018 MPUMALANGA
Appointment of a service provider to render security guarding services at the Department of Public Service and Administration for a period of two (2) years. 2018-10-12 11:00 DPSA002/ 2018
Provision of Geographical Information Solution (GIS) including maintenance and support services. 2018-10-24 11:00 RFP 29/ 2018
6000 units of emollient bp cream with chlorocresol 500g, or equivalent 2018-10-08 11:00 ZnqLS443/ 18gaz
Butterworth Magistrate: Repairs & Servicing of Air-Conditioners. 2018-10-11 11:00 MTH 59/ 2018
36 units of Dextran 40, 10% in sodium chloride injection iv solution, 0.9% 500ml (Rheomacrodex), or equivalent 2018-10-08 11:00 ZnqLS442/ 18gaz
Drain cleaning and verge maintenance on Road P242, from 0.00KM TO 9.9KM. 2018-09-27 11:00 ZNT373T/ 2/ 4/ CDUR/ 601/ S/ 10/ 2018- 19
Drain cleaning and verge maintenance on main road P100 section 1&2 between chainage 0.00KM to chainage 14.5KM. 2018-09-27 11:00 ZNT373T/ 2/ 4/ CDUR/ 601/ S/ 05/ 2018- 19
Supply and Delivery of Dairy products and Maize Drink to the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) Departments and State Information Technology Agency (SITA) for a period of 36 months 2018-10-12 11:00 GT/ GPT/ 126/ 2018
Betterment and graveling on road D755 from KM 1.80 TO KM 2.80. 2018-09-27 11:00 CDUR/ 620/ S/ 03/ 2018
Supply and Delivery of Self-Adhesive Pharmaceutical Labels to all Hospitals/Institutions under the control of the Department of Health, Western Cape Government for a period of three (3) years 2018-10-19 11:00 WCGHSC0168/ 2018
Installation of Speed humps and Rumble strips on P129. 2018-10-23 11:00 ZNT373T/ C237/ 12000/ S/ 13
Request for Proposals to assist the ARC with the travel, accommodation and conference services for all the ARC offices nationally 2018-10-22 11:00 ARC/ 11/ 09/ 18
Installation of Speed humps and Rumble strips on P1-8. 2018-10-23 11:00 ZNT373T/ C237/ 12000/ S/ 12
Refrigerated Cross-Border Transport and clearing of cargo; including payment of import Value Added Tax (VAT) for the import of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccines from Botswana via the Kopfontein Border Post 2018-10-29 11:00 ARC/
Installation of Speed humps and Rumble strips on P12-2.: Civil Engineering services: Tender must be registered as grade 2CE only with the CIDB register of contractors.Tender must be registered as Emerging Contractors in the Vukuzakhe Emerging Contractor Development Programme (as per database of Department of Transport) 2018-10-23 11:00 ZNT373T/ C237/ 12000/ S/ 11
Bontle Ke Botho (BKB) Greening Project 2018/19 2018-10-12 11:00 GT/ GDARD/ 130/ 2018

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