3 Unforgivable Mistakes When Responding To A Bid

We had the privilege to be part of an Evaluation committee of a Government Entity that put out an Invitation to Bid. The Bid was for a fairly technical service and therefor the response to the bid was sparse. In fact there were only ten responses to the Invitation to Bid.

5 basic mistakes made by bidders

Article by W van Rooyen


Business owners and/or their employees make many mistakes when they respond to tenders or request for proposals. These mistakes can have a major impact on the result of your bid. Here are five common mistakes that responders to tenders make on a regular basis:


Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment of Professional Service Providers (Consultants) 2019-02-01 12:00 SCM 008/2018/19
Appointment of service providers for the rendering of a complete revenue enhancement service, online and real time electricity vending, revenue protection, ICT backend and matering for the period of 36 months. 2019-01-31 12:00 LTLM2018-19/ BTO01
Appointment of a Panel of Service Providers for the Construction of Internals Roads and Storm Water in Wedela Extension 3 (Phase 3) with a CIDB Grading of 5CEPE/6CE or Higher 2019-02-01 12:00 ID(R&S) 11/12/1819
Tender for the appointment professional service provider to determine the fair valuation of MEGA's Investment Property Portfolio and the revaluation of land and buildings classified as Property, Plant and Equipment (PPE) 2019-02-14 12:00 MEGA/2018/05
Request for proposals for the appointment of a Registered Construction Health and Safety Agent for the construction of the Mpumalanga International Fresh Produce Market: Ancillary Buildings and Services 2019-02-13 12:00 MEGA/2018/04
Procurement of Development Partner, Morula Mixed Housing Development in Mabopane Tshwane 2019-01-29 11:00 NWHC 09/2018 DEV –PARTNER-2018
Appointment of a panel of attorneys for a period of 36 months 2019-02-08 12:00 22-2018/19
Invitation to tender for sub contract for the repairs of the electrical and street lighting installation at Umgeni interchange on National Route 2, Section 25 2019-02-07 14:00 X004-034-2015/1
Repair of conveyor system 2019-01-23 11:00 RFQ B 1901 W
Repair of roller doors 2019-01-23 11:00 RFQ B 1902 W
Town and regional planning service provider for a period of 4 months 2019-01-23 16:00 RFQ 41934
Supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of pumps and accessories for waste water pump stations in Midvaal Local Municipality as and when required (2019- 2021) 2019-01-29 09:00 BID 8/2/2/206(5ME)(2019-2021)
Leadership Development for Executive Managers in Operations at Parktown on an “as and when required” basis for a period of one (01) year with an option to extend for one (01) year. 2019-01-29 10:00 RFQ: HOAC-HO-28520
Heidelberg: Installation of Relay room safe doors at Fortuna station, Sprucewell and Firham. 2019-01-29 10:00 RFQ SIM 18023 CIDB
Panel of Recruitment Agencies 2019-01-30 11:00 501
For creating and maintaining the transnet vendor, materials, services master data and structured text generator/structured text analyser within the Transnet Content Bureau on an as and when required basis for a period of three (3) years 2019-01-30 12:00 GSM 18/10/1695
Supply and delivery of oil 2019-01-25 12:00 TENDER 47-18/19
Provision of Managed Printing Services 2019-01-25 14:00 RFP/ICT/MFP/2018/05
WESGRO Stakeholder Relationships Project. Quotations are awaited for suppliers to participate in providing insights, perceptions and expectations from key stakeholders to assist in Wesgro’s strategic business planning process and funding model. 2019-01-31 12:00 2019-001
Appointment of a service provider for the electrification of households in Uitval Ward 35 2019-01-25 11:00 EES 08/2018


Two types of Joint Ventures and Joint Venture agreements 

By W van Rooyen


The structure of the joint venture should set out the nature of your partnership. There are two main types of agreements:

  1. If the joint venture is a business in its own right, it will be an incorporated joint venture. This type is not... Read More
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