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.
Bisho High Court: Provision of Cleaning Horticultural Maintenance Services for a Period of Twenty Four (24) Months. 2019-06-18 11:00 PEH01/ 2019
Northern Cape: Regravelling of Roads in the Northern Cape for Period of 36 Months,as and when required 2019-06-18 11:00 DRPW 002/ 2019
Pietermaritzburg: Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Hire of Office Accommodation: A lettable area sufficient to accommodate 9186m² of assignable space plus to a maximum of 25% of non- assignable office space, plus 70 lock-up garage, 291 secure undercover bays and 438 open bays are required 2019-06-20 11:00 ZNT 2893W
KZN: Department of Education: iLembe District: Stanger: Proposed Hire Office Accommodation 485m2 and 15 Parking Bays. 2019-06-18 11:00 ZNT02740W
Rendering of Security Services at Igugulethu Child and Youth Care Centre for a period of 36 months 2019-05-31 11:00 GT/GDSD/020/2019
Supply and delivery of guardrails (period of 3 years) 2019-06-10 12:00 FORMAL TENDER TD 10/03/19
Supply and delivery of road marking paints (period of 3 years) 2019-06-10 12:00 FORMAL TENDER TD 09/03/19
Supply and delivery of road signs (period of 3 years) 2019-06-10 12:00 FORMAL TENDER TD 08/03/19
Supply and delivery of road construction materials (period of 3 years) 2019-06-10 12:00 FORMAL TENDER TD 07/03/19
Request for quotation for renting of vehicles till the end of June 2019 2019-06-28 12:00 RFQ: 03/03/19
Construction of New Sewage Connection at 3270 Luthango Street, Sizamile, Sedgefield 2019-05-28 12:00 433/2018/19
Partitioning of office space of the Budget and Treasury Office on 1st floor, Finance Directorate Building, Clyde Street 2019-05-30 12:00 RFQ 434/2018/19
Provision of short term insurance for the JB Marks Local Municipality for the period of 3 years 2019-06-19 11:00 30/2019
Provision of short term insurance for the JB Marks Local Municipality for the period of 3 years 2019-06-19 11:00 30/2019
Supply and delivery of tables and chairs in Ventersdorp Region (RE-ADVERT) 2019-05-23 11:00 91/2017
Construction of Ikageng Extension 13 sewer reticulation and top structures – PHASE 1 2019-05-23 11:00 31/2019
Rehabilitation of road from Dassierand – Felophepha Landfill Site 2019-05-23 11:00 27/2019
For the establishment of a frame agreement for the supply of information and communication technology (ICT) equipment 2019-06-21 23:45 ITB/RSA/SU/05.01/2019
Appointment of a service provider for a SAICA Mergers and Acquisition Guide 2019-05-31 12:00 SAICA100/2019
Request for proposal to provide comprehensive security solutions 2019-06-12 12:00 02/04/2019


Must my business be registered in order to tender?

By Werner van Rooyen


31 January 2019

Once, a very anxious business owner phoned me and asked if I can supply him with a CK number. I was amused by this and first asked why he asked me for such a number and secondly for what did he need a CK number for? He said that because of my Tender Manual that he bought, he thought that maybe I can help him with a CK number. Also, at the briefing session of the tender that he was responding to, the person in... Read More

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