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.
Printing and distribution of monthly service accounts and newsletters. 2018-05-25 12:00 TENDER 108-17/18
Security services for Majuba Power Station. 2018-05-28 10:00 MPGXC005139
Appointment of a multi-disciplinary team for the design and build for the following NSIP Project: Project A (Thembalihle & Lindokuhle Stations). 2018-05-29 12:00 KZN/CRES/10/2017/031/T
Supply and Delivery of 5 x Dual Ventilators for the Aviation Medical Evacuation Teams. 2018-05-22 11:00 CPSC- B- M- 001- 2018
Appointment of a multi-disciplinary team for the design and build for the NSIP Project: Project E (Mosley & Compensation Stations). 2018-05-28 12:00 KZN/CRES/10/2017/033/T
Provision of a Web Based Subscription Service Delivering Access to a Digital up-to-date Legal Information Sources to the Department of Defence for a period of thirty six (36) months. 2018-05-14 11:00 RFB 1728/ 2018
Appointment of a service provider for the establishment of a South African Association of Grant Professionals for the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) 2018-05-25 11:00 NLC/ 2018 - 3
Appointment of a service provider for provision of USAASA Head Office Space for a period of five(5) years 2018-05-14 11:00 USAASA- OFS/ 02/ 2018
Placement of chemistry analyser for the NHLS Free State and North West Region for a period of three years 2018-05-11 11:00 RFB070/ 17- 18
Provision for maintenance, service and repairs for lifts and goods hoists for a period of three (3) years 2018-05-10 11:00 RFB081/ 17- 18
Design, Supply, Upgrade and Refurbishment of lifts and escalators in Bellville Building, Western Cape. 2018-06-12 10:00 PSCED0117
Purchase of Portion 5 of the Farm Kildare No 14654 - FT. 2018-05-24 14:00 N003- 004- E- P- 1360
Rental of Office Space For the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) Eastern Cape Regional Management and Administration Office For a period of Five (5) years 2018-05-18 11:00 RFP002/ 18- 19
Placement or Outright purchase of fully automated Microbiology system for PMMH for a period of five (5) years. 2018-05-11 11:00 RFB 066- 17- 18
Mdutjana Magistrate Court: Cleaning Services for the period of twelve months with an option to renew for another twelve months, measuring 2172.23 Square Meters 2018-05-11 11:00 NST18/ 015
Provision for maintenance, service and repairs for lifts and goods hoists for a period of three (3) years 2018-05-10 11:00 RFB 010/ 18- 19
Placement of chemistry analyser for the NHLS Free State and North West Region for a period of three years 2018-05-11 11:00 RFB 009/ 18- 19
Request for proposals from service providers to develop an integrated trade and investment strategy for the province of Kwazulu-Natal. 2018-05-25 12:00 3210/ 2018/ 01
Evander Magistrate Court: Gardening Services for the period of twelve months with an option to renew for another twelve months, measuring 4041 Square Meters. 2018-05-11 11:00 NST18/ 016
Ermelo Magistrate Court: Cleaning Services for the period of twelve months with an option to renew for another twelve months, measuring 3034.11 Square Meters 2018-05-11 11:00 NST18/ 013

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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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