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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.
Occupational health and safety services for resurfacing of municipal roads (Rawsonville, Worcester, De Doorns, Touwsrivier). 2019-04-30 11:00 296861
Terms of Reference for Consultancy Services to Undertake Gender Mainstreaming Study in the Energy Sector in Africa 2019-05-07 15:00 AUC/IED/C/014
Construction of Speed-Humps 2019-05-03 12:00 SCM/2019/114/ENG
For the supply and delivery of safety boots for delivery to Kimberley, Supply Chain Services Warehouse. 2019-04-30 10:00 WRAC/KBC/29581
Supply and delivery of various PPE material on an “as and when” required basis to Bellville 2019-05-14 10:00 BLE RME 2202/2019
SHEQ Dept - Collection and Disposal of Medical Waste on a month-to-month basis not exceeding 12 months 2019-05-07 12:00 PEHR 007/19-20
Construction of Ward 4 Elityeni Internals Streets 2019-05-17 11:00 TECH/MIG 01/2019/20
Construction of Chintsa East Internal Streets 2019-05-17 11:00 TECH/MIG 02/2019/20
Construction of Icwili Sports Field 2019-05-17 11:00 TECH/MIG 03/2019/20
Construction of Ward 6 Youth Centre 2019-05-17 11:00 TECH/MIG 04/2019/20
Provision of Website Management services at KHTVETC for a period of 36 months ( 3 years) 2019-05-23 11:00 KHC Bid 01/2019
Provision of the Secondment of the Water Sector Manager 2019-04-25 11:00 EWSETA/RFQ/11/2019
Appointment of a service provider for the design and construction of houses with basic services infrastructure for evicted farm dwellers from Vaalpoort Farm in Pixley Ka Seme Local Municipality 2019-05-15 11:00 CONMP 0001 (2019/ 2020)
Procurement of Support and Maintenance of VMware Enterprise Licences, the reconfiguration of Enterprise Licenses at Head Office and the Procurement of 12 Additional Enterprise Licences wit x1 VMware vCentre standard including installation and configuration for 36 months 2019-05-10 11:00 RFB 1918- 2018
Request for proposals from reputable and suitably qualified research houses to submit proposals to conduct a Domestic and Departure Tourism Survey for the South African Tourism. 2019-05-10 12:00 SAT 148/ 19
Request for proposal for the appointment of a service provider to render employee wellness programme for the Office of the Public Service Commission (OPSC) for a period of thirty six (36) months. 2019-05-14 11:00 OPSC 001/ 19
The provision of professional catering services for the National School of Government for a period of three (3) years. 2019-05-10 11:00 NSG/ BID/ 12/ 2018/ 19
The comprehensive management and maintenance services of CCTV survailance, access control and intruder alarm systems at the national school of government for a period of 36 months (three years). 2019-05-10 11:00 NSG/ BID/ 13/ 2018/ 19
Supply and delivery of fine aggregate, coarse aggregate, crusher run and rip rap to the Department of Water and Sanitation, Clanwilliam Dam. 2019-06-06 11:00 DWS03- 0419 WTE
Appointment of a Consultant for the Development of 5- Year Business Plan (2019 - 2023) for Sci-Bono Discovery Centre (Sci-Bono) Operations. 2019-05-02 12:00 SCM/CEO/R19-20/11

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