Once you have identified a tender that you would like to try and win, obtain the tender documents (these are usually downloadable from the relevant website) as quickly as possible and ascertain if \and when there is a compulsory briefing meeting. Some tenders have a compulsory briefing meeting, if you miss this meeting you can be disqualified from competing for the tender.

3 Basic Tips to Remember When Responding to a Tender

When responding to tenders, whether it is Public or Private Sector, it is vital that your business makes a good impression by following these tips:

Do Your Research

8 Rules When Submitting Your Tender Response

It is clear that people still struggle when it comes to submitting their tender response.  So below are eight rules that should always be followed:

All tender invitations have their own submission instructions. It is of the utmost importance that you familiarize yourself with full content of the tender. These instructions can usually be found at the beginning of the tender invitation document and include instructions such as:

Tender Experience - Do I need it?

A regular question asked is “I am interested in registering a CC, specifically to apply for government tenders. I don't have any experience in business let alone in tendering, so I want to find out if one can be awarded a tender if he/she does not have specific experience?”

Firstly, unfortunately you cannot register a CC (Closed Corporation) in South Africa anymore - you will have to register some other juristic person such as a private company.

The tender processes in South Africa are governed by:

Tips on formats for successful tender presentation

Tender responses have to be as informative as possible without affecting the legibility. In today’s blog, we discuss a format of what we consider to be a winning strategy. Adhering to this strategy will ensure that you will include all the necessary details required.

This winning strategy follows the ‘who, cost, how and what if’ approach. It will help you include every detail and will certainly contribute to making your tender to surface as the best amongst all responses.

Who

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Supply and deliver Duplex Dermatome. 2018-06-25 11:00 H109/ 18/ 19
Supply and install high security fence at Mphohadi campus - Kroonstad 2018-07-13 11:00 T/ IM/ 01/ 18 fence
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Ladies Windbreakers. Quantity 500. Main Contractor or Sub- Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-19 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 038/ 18
2 Units - Insulated Beverage Containers - 5.7 Liter Capacity Granite Grey (Polycarbonate) 2018-07-04 11:00 195/ 18
1 Unit - Food Waste Disposer/Macerator 3hp 2.2 Kw - Supply and Install (Specification Attached on the Documents) 2018-07-04 11:00 193/ 18
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Skirt Evening Wear, Black. Quantity 150. Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-17 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 036/ 18
Rendering of Health Care Risk Waste handling service to Western Cape Government: Health for three (3) year period 2018-07-13 11:00 WCGHSC 0090/ 2017
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Coverall Jackets (Quantity 1000) and Trousers Coverall (Quantity 1500). Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-18 01:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 032/ 18
Tumble Dryer - 55kg 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 287/ 18- 19 GAZ
Hyster Canopy 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 288/ 18- 19 GAZ
Digital Steam Press 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 289/ 18- 19 GAZ
Cut, Make and Trim (Outer Material and Metal Buttons will be supplied by SA Air Force) of SA Air Force Caps, Service Dress, Men. Quantity 67. Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-16 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 030/ 18
Removal and Disposal of Used Fluorescent Tubes 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 277/ 18- 19 GAZ
Supply and Delivery of SA Air Force Embroidered Onlays (Quantity 140), Hand Embroidered Cap Badges (Quanity 147) and Gorget Patches (Quantity 321). Main Contractor or Sub-Contractor must have a valid SABS Capability Report (not older that 12 Months). 2018-07-18 11:00 SPU/ B/ DSS/ 029/ 18
Provision of Porter, Messenger and Cleaning Services for a period of 12 months - 4 staff 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 278/ 18- 19 GAZ
Washer Extractor - 57kg 2018-07-03 11:00 ZNQ 286/ 18- 19 GAZ
Appointment of a service provider to supply the Council for Geoscience (CGS) with a vehicle and equipment tracking management system for a period of 5 years 2018-07-20 11:00 CGS- 2018- 017K
Appointment of a Company to Review Business Continuity Programme 2018-07-23 11:00 CGS- 2018- 018K
South African Social Security Agency hereby invites of suppliers to bid for the supply and delivery of stationery for SASSA - Limpopo Region for a period of 36 months 2018-07-13 11:00 SASSA: 04/ 18/ CS/ LP
Nelson Mandela Museum seeks the services of a qualified and experienced company to supply 4 in 1 color multi-function printers for a period of two years (twenty four months). 2018-07-13 12:00 NMM 2018- 07

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Tender adjudication process

The SBD/WCBD6.1 document must form part of all bids invited.  It contains general information and serves as a claim form for preference points for Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment (B -BBEE) Status Level of Contribution, and explains how tenders or bids are decided.

The document says:

  • The bidder obtaining the highest number of points will be awarded the contract.
  • Preference points shall be calculated after prices have been brought to a comparative basis.
  • Points scored will be rounded off to two decimal places... Read More
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