Briefing sessions, Site Meetings & Information Sessions

If you have ever responded to a request for quotation or a competitive bid you will have encountered a Briefing Session, Site Meeting or Information Session. These are meetings that are held before the quotation or a competitive bid (tender) is due.

Most of the time these sessions is compulsory and not attending it can and might most probably lead to your tender response being disqualified.

Here are a number of things that you must remember or do when you attend one of these sessions:

Tender Openings and Responsiveness

We often attend tender opening sessions but does anyone stop and ask what must be done at such events? Here are the core steps that need to be followed when government entities open and record tenders responses in public:

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Tenders are Invited for the Servicing and Issue of Safe Lift Certificate for 19 Vehicle Lift Hoist 2018-12-14 11:00 CSQ12181507
Supply and delivery of heavy duty mobile vehicle 55 metre aerial firefighting/rescue turntable ladder for the fire and rescue services 2019-02-11 10:00 204G/2018/19
Supply and delivery of various articles of human protective clothing for use in structural fires by the fire and rescue service 2019-02-11 10:00 202G/2018/19
The supply of aerial support to the fire and rescue service during high fire season 2019-02-12 10:00 207G/2018/19
Supply and delivery of various firefighting foam concentrate for the City of Cape Town 2019-02-12 10:00 205G/2018/19
Supply and delivery of heavy duty mobile 4x4 firefighting/ rescue vehicles 2019-02-12 10:00 206G/2018/19
NC065 - Hantam Local Office Accommodation 2019-01-18 11:00 IEC/ NC- 04/ 2018
DCS: Westville Correctional Service: Installation of Facilities for People with Disabilities 2019-02-19 11:00 DBN18/ 11/ 09
South African Police Service: Ladysmith 8 Mill Street: Rehabilitation of Existing Facilities 2019-02-05 11:00 DBN18/ 11/ 05
Justice Hlabisa Magistrate Court: Various Building Repairs 2019-02-06 11:00 DBN18/ 11/ 06
Pretoria: Service, Repairs and Maintenance of Fire Prevention Equipment (Portable Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose Reels and Fire Hydrants) in Area 3 in Pretoria for period of 24 months 2019-02-05 11:00 PT18/ 065
Pretoria: Service, Repairs and Maintenance of Fire Prevention Equipment (Portable Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose Reels and Fire Hydrants) in Area 1 Pretoria for period of 24 months 2019-02-05 11:00 PT18/ 062
Pretoria: Service, Repairs and Maintenance of Fire Prevention Equipment (Portable Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose Reels and Fire Hydrants) in Area 4 Pretoria for period of 24 months 2019-02-05 11:00 PT18/ 064
Pretoria: Service, Repairs and Maintenance of Fire Prevention Equipment (Portable Fire Extinguishers, Fire Hose Reels and Fire Hydrants) in Area 2 Pretoria for period of 24 months 2019-02-05 11:00 PT18/ 063
Southern Corridor Phase 1: Penhill Development Project (Phase 1B) 2019-02-15 11:00 HSC 10/ 2018/ 2019
Southern Corridor Phase 1: Penhill Development Project (Phase 1C) 2019-02-15 11:00 HSC 11/ 2018/ 2019
Appointment of Architect: Renovations to M Block : RK Khan’s 2019-01-23 11:00 ZNB 5756/ 2018- H
Appointment of Quality Surveyor: Renovations to M Block: R K KHan’s 2019-01-23 11:00 ZNB 5753/ 2018- H
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Routine Road Maintenance of National Route 8 Sections 6 from from Groblershoop to Rooisand and National Route 10 Sections 8 to 11 from Omdraai to Boegoeberg. 2019-01-28 14:00 X.005- 029- 2019/ 1F
The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) invites tenders for the provision of Consulting Engineering Services for the Routine Road Maintenance of National Route 2 sections 5 to 7 from Riet Kuil Outspan to Rondeheuwel. 2019-01-28 14:00 N.002- 057- 2019/ 1F

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Advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums

Consortiums are often considered as entities to use when responding to tenders in South Africa. The question that arises is whether to use a Consortium or a Joint Venture when responding to a tender. To help you with this we have compiled a list of advantages and disadvantages for both Consortiums as well as Joint Ventures. In this article we list the advantages and disadvantages of Consortiums. Look out for the same article on Joint Ventures.

Consortiums Advantages:

  • Easy to establish as there are no formal procedures... Read More
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