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

Basically, a tender is an invitation to bidders to submit their proposal for a specified business need. The contract will be awarded to the bidder who can meet this need most closely and provide the best value for money. However, it's important to remember that price is only one factor. Remember:

8 Rules When Submitting Your Tender Response

We recently presented our tender workshop: 'How to respond to a tender correctly', and we realized that there are still people that struggle when it comes to submitting their tender response.

Here below are eight rules to follow, when submitting your tender response.

All tender invitations have their own submission instructions. It is of the utmost importance that you follow these instructions. These instructions can usually be found at the beginning of the tender invitation, and include instructions such as:

Must I Have Specific Experience To Tender?

Recently we received the following question via email: "I am interested in registering a CC, specifically to apply for government tenders. Now, 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?"

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.
Appointment of a panel of debt collectors for PSiRA for a period of 3 years. 2018-09-19 11:00 RFB/ 2018/ PSiRA/ 06
The Province of KwaZulu Natal, Department of Transport, invites tenders from Vukuzakhe Contractors. Tenderer must be registered as grade 3 CE only with the CIDB in the Civil Engineering class of construction works 2018-09-14 11:00 ZNT373T/ C235/ 1100/ S/ 3
Appointment of a technical assistant to undertake an economist/education planner role on The Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE) Schools Rationalisation Project. 2018-09-07 11:00 GTAC 022- 2018
The Province of KwaZulu Natal, Department of Transport, invites tenders from Vukuzakhe Contractors. Tenderer must be registered as grade 3 CE only with the CIDB in the Civil Engineering class of construction works 2018-09-14 11:00 ZNT373T/ C235/ 1100/ S/
Purchase of a Lowbed Trailer 2018-09-07 11:00 ZNB0003/ 18
The appointment of service provider for rendering of general cleaning services for surveyor-general: Cape Town for a period of thirty six (36) months for number 90 Plein Street, Part 8th floor, 9th & 10th floors. 2018-09-07 11:00 SSC WC 09 (2018 / 2019) DRDLR
The Province of KwaZulu Natal, Department of Transport, invites tenders from Vukuzakhe Contractors. Tenderer must be registered as grade 3 CE only with the CIDB in the Civil Engineering class of construction works 2018-09-19 11:00 ZNT373T/ C237/ 1200/ S/ 9
Appointment of a suitable service provider for the management of SAP hosting service for a period of two (02) years. 2018-09-17 11:00 NHBRC 03/ 2018
The Province of KwaZulu Natal, Department of Transport, invites tenders from Vukuzakhe Contractors. Tenderer must be registered as grade 3 CE only with the CIDB in the Civil Engineering class of construction works 2018-09-19 11:00 ZNT373T/ C237/ 1200/ S/ 5
Request for proposals for the appointment of a suitable service provider on a panel to conduct consulting service in the built environment for a period of three (03) years 2018-09-19 11:00 NHBRC 01/ 2018
The Province of KwaZulu Natal, Department of Transport, invites tenders from Vukuzakhe Contractors. Tenderer must be registered as grade 3 CE only with the CIDB in the Civil Engineering class of construction works 2018-09-19 11:00 ZNT373T/ C237/ 1200/ S/ 10
Appointment of a service provider for technical and functional support for the implemented SAP solution for a period of three (03) Years. 2018-09-17 11:00 NHBRC 02/ 2018
Appointment of Service provider to Develop and Implement an Enterprise Resource Planning System for the MQA. 2018-09-19 11:00 MQA/ 05/ 18- 19
Minor Structure Repairs on P272 2018-09-17 11:00 C252/ 1718/ MS/ 592
Upgrade of Main Road P16-3 from KM28+200 to KM33+800 - CIDB Grading 8CE 2018-09-13 11:00 ZNT3656/ 15
Appointment of service providers for the supply and delivery of branded promotional material/items to INSETA. 2018-09-11 11:00 Proj/ 2018/ 07
Pretoria: Bryntirion, Construction of Roads, Stormwater, Water Reticulation and Sewer on Western side and Central area of the Bryntirion Estate 2018-09-18 11:00 PT18/ 025
Servicing of heat pumps 2018-08-24 11:00 ZNQ58/ 18/ 19
Appointment of a service provider to provide job profiling, grading and remuneration survey/bench marking services. 2018-08-27 11:00 RFQ/ 2018/ 63
Servicing of sewer pump 2018-08-24 11:00 ZNQ68/ 18/ 19

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7 Disadvantages of Competitive Bidding

The bidding process can be very tedious sometimes. Here are some of the disadvantages of the bidding process.

1.    Leading suppliers may not tender

In Australia, for example, government procurement guidelines only allow suppliers who actually tender to be considered for a procurement decision. If the leading supplier or suppliers do not tender, the purchaser can only consider bids from suppliers who do tender. If leading suppliers are not considered, the purchaser may end up buying inferior product or service... Read More

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