Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Why tender training is important

By Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

People often ask me how I know so much about tenders and the completing of tender documents.  The answer is easy; training.  I believe that we must always try to learn as much as possible.  The more training you will do the better you will get at responding to a tender.  Gary Player, one of South Africa’s best golfers of all time, used to say: “The more I practice, the luckier I get”.

That is the whole point of training.  The more you know about a subject like tenders, the better you will get in responding to it.  The better you respond to it the better your changes will become in winning a tender.

The problem is that there is not much Tender Training going around and some of the Tender Training that is available is not always very good.  Some Government departments such as the Gauteng Department of Finance provide free training on how to complete their tenders.  This is good but it does not teach you anything about Private Sector Tender responses.  So be sure that when you do receive training it includes both Private and Public Sector training.  The differences are not big, but there are differences.

It is also important that when you pay for Tender Training the training must at least cover these areas:

  • An overview of the tender environment;
  • The practical completion of a tender;
  • Factors that influence the outcome of the tender process;
  • Fatal mistakes not to make when completing a tender;
  • Preparation of documents that need to accompany your tender;
  • Hints and tips on how to respond to a tender;
  • A Basic overview of doing business in South Africa;
  • The different tender terminology should be explained;
  • The Preferential Points scoring system should be explained
  • An introduction to B-BBEE is given because this is very important in any tender process

The better quipped you are in the tender process, the better your changes are in winning that all important life changing tender.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.  Book and pay online at https://howtotender.co.za/tender-expert-form/

Contact us at wernervr@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.

You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website https://howtotender.co.za/ which is a step by step guide how to respond to a South African Tender.  It includes examples of completed SBD forms.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of a private security contractor to render security service at Arundel Crescent, Stirling, East London, Eastern Cape Province to the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development for a period of 3 years 2020-12-17 11:00 4.4.12.4/ 7/ 20
Appointment of the service provider to supply and deliver multi-functional drill rigs (core and percussion) to augment the council for geoscience drilling capacity for period of three years 2020-12-22 11:00 CGS- 2020- 03T
Appointment of the service provider to supply and deliver diamond core drilling of Molteno-Indwe Coalfield for drilling and appraisal of the economic recovery projects (base and precious metals, pegmatites) 2020-12-21 11:00 CGS- 2020- 021T
Supply and Delivery of Hypodermic Syringes, Needles and Bloodletting Devices and Related Items to the State for the period ending 31 October 2022 2020-12-18 11:00 RT284- 1- 2019
Placement / Outright Purchase of Automated Embedder Units; one (1) for Charlotte Maxeke & one (1) for Universitas including service and maintenance for a period of five (5) years 2020-12-18 11:00 RFB046/ 20/ 21
Outright Purchase of a Bench-top Semi-Automated Gel Protein Electrophoresis and Isoelectric Focusing analyser for Universitas including service and maintenance for a period of five (5) years 2020-12-18 11:00 RFB045/ 20/ 21
Outright purchase of Real Time PCR System for Tygerberg Medical School Campus, Virology Department Including Service and Maintenance for a period of five (5) years 2020-12-18 11:00 RFB 155/ 19/ 20
Placement/Outright purchase of High Volume DNA/RNA Extraction Instrument Including Service and Maintenance for a period of five (5) years for Tygerberg Medical School. 2020-12-18 11:00 RFB 063/ 20/ 21
Placement of Early Infant Diagnosis Assay (HIV Nucleic Acid Qualitative Detection) for the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) with Service and Maintenance for a period of three (3) years 2020-12-17 11:00 RFB016/ 20/ 21
Supply, install, test and commission one (1) x 220kva – 250 kva generator at The Playhouse Company, Mayville Complex 2020-12-29 11:00 PHC 70/ 2020
Consultancy service for: Expert Consultant Statistician to prepare “A Database on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in the Horn of Africa” towards the production of “First Statistical Report on Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Member States of the AU-Horn of Africa Initiative” 2020-12-15 11:00 AUC/DSA/C/010
Appointment of a Service Provider to Provide Fully Telephony Services for the KwaZulu-Natal Office of the Premier for Period of Thiry Six (36) Months. 2021-01-05 11:00 KZNB 40/ 2020/ 21
Appointment Of Service Provider To Provide Security and Guarding Services To The National Library Of South Africa Cape Town Campus In 5 And 62 Queen Victoria Street, For Period Of (36) Thirty-Six Months 2020-12-18 11:00 NLSA.SECURITY. CT16/ 2020- 2021
Appointment of a Cleaning Service Provider to Provide Cleaning Services to The National Library of South Africa Campus in Cape Town in 5 and 65 Queen Victoria Street for a period of (36) thirty-six months 2020-12-17 11:00 NLSA/ CLEANING. CT19/ 2020- 2021
Terms of Reference for the Appointment of a Service Provider to Digitise Selected Paper-Based Archival Records at the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa (NARSSA) 2020-12-21 11:00 NLSA/ NARRSA 09/ 2020- 2021
Terms of Reference for the Appointment of a Service Provider to Digitise 16mm and 35mm Films at the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa (NARSSA) from the date of appointment until the 31 march 2020. 2020-12-21 11:00 NLSA.NARSSA 05/ 2020- 2021
Provision of the Development and Maintenance of Learnership Programme within the NHFC 2021-01-08 11:00 CM01/ 11/ 2020
The appointment of a service provider to assist the National Energy Regulator with Translation Services for a period of three (3) years 2020-12-17 11:00 NERSA/ 2021/ CSM/ TS/ BID/ 005
Provision of Travel Management Services to MICT SETA for a period of five (5) years 2020-12-18 11:00 MICT- SETA/ TRAVEL/ 002/ 2020
Insurance Brokerage Services 2020-12-17 12:00 FAC/ 2020/ 037

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Who is the bidder or his or her representative?

By Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

In Organ of State tenders, the Standard Bidding Document 4 – Declaration of Inters – ask in paragraph 2.1 the following: “Full name of bidder or his or her representative... Read More

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