Issue Date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What is my chance of winning a tender?

What is my chance of winning a tender? This question gets ask many times. The problem is that there is no straight forward answer. People expect us to say “your chances are 50% or 60%” or whatever the case might be.  But the real answer is much more complex than a simple percentage.

Let’s start by looking at briefing sessions and/or site meeting attendance. We have been to many briefing sessions/site meetings where the average attendance was more than 300 businesses at a time. And there have been occasions where there were as little as 3 to 5 businesses attending. Then there are briefing sessions/site meetings that have anything from 2000 to 8000 attendees! The greater the number of businesses attending the briefing sessions, the less your chance is of winning that tender. In our experience only 50% of businesses that attended the briefing sessions will eventually respond to that tender.

Another factor that will either count in your favour or against you is the type of goods or services that you render. For example, if you are in the cleaning industry, your chances of winning a cleaning tender is going to be much less than a business which is the only supplier of pharmaceutical products in the pharmaceutical industry. The fact is – the more scarce or unique your product is, the better your chances are in winning a tender.

Many business owners think that because their business has a Level one B-BBEE Score that they will have the best chance in winning a tender. A Level one B-BBEE Score is very good but there are many businesses with the same B-BBEE Score. In the end the price of the goods or services are going to determine which business will win the tender.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that the rules (Procurement Regulations) keep on changing. We are currently in a phase where Draft Regulations are up for comment. Once these Regulations are accepted the tender landscape is going to change significantly. Your chances of winning a tender will then be dependent on many other factors plus those factors mentioned above.

To ensure that your tender response has the best chance of winning you must ensure that it is first of all 100% compliant. Furthermore, make sure that you pass the functionality test. If your tender response makes it through to the final phase of evaluating then your B-BBEE Score and Price will determine if you are going to win or not. Ensure that your price is right – that way your chance of winning a tender will improve.

If you attend our “How-to-Tender” workshop, you can learn all about this and much more.Visit www.how2tender.com to find out more.

Earn to learn

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply of material and installation of Beta fencing at Thubelitsha Park in Kayamandi 2017-09-05 11:00 FQ/SM30/18
Supply: Filing kit, file, chain, guide bar 2017-08-23 12:00 W041800160
Appointment of a Suitably Qualified, Professional Conference Facilitator to Organise a Housing Summit in Conjunction with Directorate: Human Settlements and Property Management at Stellenbosch Municipality in September 2017 as per specifications 2017-08-31 11:00 FQ/SM 32/18
Supply and deliver ifm inductive sensors 2017-08-23 12:00 W041800163
Purpose of the proposed programme is to celebrate national youth day through a Mayoral Skills Development programme 2017-09-05 11:00 FQ/SM35/18
Mayoral Youth Skills Development: General building maintenance training 2017-09-05 11:00 FQ/SM37/18
Supply and delivery of 66 EPWP uniforms 2017-08-28 12:00 KZN294/00016-EPWP/2017/18
Training of TDA Staff in Coreldraw 2017-08-29 12:00 A071800124
Driver Training, Code C1 (10) & EC (14) in TDA 2017-08-29 12:00 A071800128
Supply: Taps 2017-08-28 15:00 R101800139
Basic Incident Command Training (Based on FEMA ICS) 2017-08-29 12:00 A071800127
Portable toilet hire & service 2017-08-24 14:00 A071800126
Provision of Legal Services 2017-09-01 12:00 SCM/2018/90/CORP
Supply and delivery of 40" tv with brack 2017-08-24 11:00 W061800095
Hiring of ambulances 2017-08-23 12:00 ZDMQ0201/08/2017
Supply and delivery of sound equipment 2017-08-29 11:00 W061800090
Accommodation for Msizi NQF 3 training around Ulundi 2017-08-23 12:00 ZDMQ: 0203/08/2017
Supply: Safety clothing 2017-08-25 10:00 R011800157
Accommodation for the Msizi Learnership Training around Ulundi 2017-08-23 12:00 ZDMQ: 0204/08/2017
Supply and delivery of telephones 2017-08-24 11:00 W061800103

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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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