Issue Date: 
Monday, August 31, 2015

Tenders explained

Each day hundreds of tenders are being advertised but we often only hear about those where things have gone wrong or where the concept has been abused. It gives ‘Tenders’ a stink it doesn’t deserve. In today’s blog, we look at what exactly a tender is.

A tender is an offer to perform work, supply goods, services or products at a fixed price. The tendering process is generally utilized for procurements or contracts involving substantial amounts of money. Generally speaking, it is government departments, offices, agencies, private sector companies and businesses that put requests out on tenders. By so doing, they basically ask the public for price offers to supply required products or services. Once the tenderer accepts a tender, it is binding to both the tenderer and the person or company who won the tender. Therefore, the person or company has to provide the goods or services in the manner agreed to and at the price offered. In turn, the tenderer must pay the agreed price on the agreed deadline.

What is tendering?

Tendering is the process of making an offer, bid or proposal. It can also be expressing interest in response to an invitation or request for tender. Organisations will seek other businesses to respond to a particular need, such as the supply of goods and services and will select an offer or tender that meets their needs and that provides the best value for money.

Where are tender requirements stated?

The requirements of a tender are stated in the Requests for Tender (RTF) or Requests for Proposal (RFP) documents. In these documents, the service or products the particular tendering organisation needs or requires are outlined. These documents also outline the criteria and provide instructions that are to be followed.

Tenders are usually widely advertised in both print and electronic publications. This is to allow as many people as possible to take note of the opportunity. It also stimulates competition and provides wide variety of choice. Interested suppliers will then prepare a tender response to the offer, including pricing, schedules as well as their eligibility for the project.

Once the tendering period has closed, the submitted tender responses are evaluated with regard to defined criteria. The process must be done fairly and honestly, free from bias or favoritism. The offer that best meets all of the requirements and provides value for money should win the contract.

While the concept of tendering may seem daunting at first, it can be easily tackled by having a plan of ‘action`. It is important to understand your business` suitability for the project and ability to manage the contract if you win the tender. By understanding these points and demonstrating that you are able to meet the criteria and offer a competitive bid, you will increase your chances of success.

How are tenders awarded?

After the closing date, all the tenders are checked for basic compliance to the tender regulations. Tenders can be disqualified during this process if they are found to be non-compliance. The compliance of the products or services offered and price is considered. All tenders which comply with the specifications are listed in order of price. Those in the lowest price tender list are in the lowest price group. Preference points given to those suppliers on the list of lowest price tenders are first verified. Preference points are only awarded after the most expensive tenders have been excluded, as this makes the process quicker and fairer. Those with verifiable information come out with the best preference points and are therefore awarded the contract.

The above formulate what tenders are and if you understand these, then you are in the best position to bid for a tender.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of a Panel Of Attoneys to Assist Sedibeng District Municipality with Legal Related Matters on an Ad Hoc Basis. 2019-01-08 12:00 8/2/1/2-2018
Appointment of service provider to provide security services at Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality – Silver Crown Old Age Home for the Department of Social Development, Eastern Cape for a period of three (3) years 2019-02-04 11:00 SCMU4-18/19-0037
Provision of Short Term Insurance for the Period From 01 July 2019 to 30 June 2022 2019-01-18 12:00 FIN 01/2019/20
Consulting engineering services for the routine road maintenance of national route N2 section 8 km 80.08 to section 10 km 73.50 and national route R62 section 6 km 36.76 to section 8 km 2019-02-04 14:00 X.003-030-2019/1F
Consulting engineering services for the routine road maintenance of national route N2 section 12 km 0 to section 13 km 103.56 and national route R67 section 2 km 0 to km 36.19 2019-02-04 14:00 X.003-032-2019/1F
Appointment of service provider to provide security services at Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality – Enoch Sontonga Rehabilitation Center for the Department of Social Development, Eastern Cape for a period of three (3) years 2019-02-04 11:00 SCMU4-18/19-0036
Leasing of Premises for Customer Care Centres For uMgungundlovu District Municipality 2019-02-04 12:00 39/2018
Upgrading of the Kleinbrak 66/11kv substation 2019-02-08 12:00 TENDER 51-18/19
Appointment of Communication Service Provider to Assist the Department to Design, Develop and Edit a Publication on the Success Stories of the Environmental Programmes Branch of the Department of Environmental Affairs 2019-01-11 11:00 E1496
Spesialisdienste van Afrikaanse Taalkundige word verlang vir projek om Historiese gemarginaliseerde Afrikaanse varieteite te onsluit (Oranjerivier Afrikaans) 2019-02-12 11:00 ATM 017/2018-2019
Appointment of the service provider to conduct an Implementation evaluation of the Environment and Culture Sector within the EPWP 2019-01-11 11:00 E1497
Supply and delivery of gloves to PetroSA, GTL refinery (call of contract) 2019-02-15 11:00 CTT20907
Redesign, fabrication and installation of lifting platform main beams at Syncrolift dry dock in the Port of Cape Town 2019-02-19 10:00 TNPA 783/CIDB
Supply and Instal 4 Air Conditioners at NHLS Doran Nginza - Port Elizabeth 2018-12-28 11:00 RFQ 1469498
Supply, Deliver & Installation of Furniture at Gonubie Resort 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/DCS/2018-19/285
Supply and Delivery of Faltering Acid to BCMM Stores, Chiselhurst, East London 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/SCM/2018-19/283
Overhaul Bauer K 14 Upright Compressor 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/HPS/2018-19/281
Supply, Delivery & Installation of Storage Containers for Traffic Services 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/HPS/2018-19/280
Period Tender for Manufacturing and Installation of Transformer Fire Protection 2019-01-31 10:00 194Q/2018/19
Supply and Delivery of HTH Chlorine to Bcmm Stores, Chiselhurst, East London 2018-12-19 12:00 RFQ/SCM/2018-19/282

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Advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums

Consortiums are often considered as entities to use when responding to tenders in South Africa. The question that arises is whether to use a Consortium or a Joint Venture when responding to a tender. To help you with this we have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages for both Consortiums as well as Joint Ventures. In this article we list the advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums. Look out for the same article on Joint Ventures.

Consortiums Advantages:

  • Easy to establish as there are no formal procedures... Read More
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