10 steps in the bid process

Each year, Organs of State invite the Private Sector to submit competitive bids for the supply of goods and services. Organs of State bid requests attract SMME's and large businesses across a wide range of sectors - from office supplies to major construction projects.

Here is an overview of 10 steps you should take to prepare a competitive bid.

1.    Register your interest

Cancelation of Government Tenders

Many of you who have responded to Government tenders have been disappointed when a tender is cancelled. You have put in many days and nights' worth of effort just to receive the bad news the tender is cancelled.

The question is - do Government entities have the right to cancel tenders?

Government entities do have the authority to cancel a tender before it has been awarded. Regulation 13 of the Preferential Procurement Regulations, 2017 stipulates that a tender can be cancelled -

What is my chance of winning a tender?

What is my chance of winning a tender? This question gets ask many times - should it be by people attending our How-to-Tender workshops or business owners making use of our tender consulting services.  The problem with the question is that there is no straight forward answer. People expect us to say your chances are 50% or 60% or whatever the case might be. 

The real answer is much more complex than a simple percentage. 

It is imperative for all potential bidders to familiarize themselves with the tender process in South Africa. There are procedures that need to be followed by Government Entities when they issue a request for quotation or competitive bid (tender). These procedures are governed by different Acts such as the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (Act no 5 of 2000) and the Public Finance Management Act (Act 1 of 1999 as amended by Act 296 of 1999) to name but two.

Compiling your tender response

We have responded to many tenders, request for proposals, request for quotations and request for bids during the last five years. These responses to tenders were both for Private as well Public Sector Tenders. During this time we have found that the system and steps explained underneath, that we utilize in compiling our tender response, worked the best for us. These steps that we follow are simple and easy to replicate. We can certainly encourage our fellow tender responders to use the same system and steps when compiling your tender response.

Tenders explained

Each day hundreds of tenders are being advertised but we often only hear about those where things have gone wrong or where the concept has been abused. It gives ‘Tenders’ a stink it doesn’t deserve. In today’s blog, we look at what exactly a tender is.

Understanding the Tender Process

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

3 March 2014

Sometimes I am surprised at how little business people in South Africa know about tenders and the tender process. Simple things like terminology and general tender information seem difficult to comprehend, not to mention the standard bidding documents and tender pricing.

Must my business be registered in order to tender?

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Tenders: the need for knowledge

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
Tenders are invited for Water Quality Testing in Wells Estate Beach as per specification available at SCM Acquisition Offices, Harrower Road, North End, PE 2019-08-01 11:00 CSQ07191683
Tenders are invited for Water Quality Testing in Hobie Beach as per specification available at SCM Acquisition Offices, Harrower Road, North End, PE 2019-08-01 11:00 CSQ07191683
Tenders are invited for Water Quality Testing in Humewood Beach as per specification available at SCM Acquisition Offices, Harrower Road, North End, PE 2019-08-01 11:00 CSQ07191683
Structural Maintenance, Corrosion Removal and Painting on 6 STS Cranes at the Port of Durban Container Terminal Pier 1 2019-08-13 10:00 iCLM HQ 322/TPT
Tenders are invited for Water Quality Testing in Kings Beach as per specification available at SCM Acquisition Offices, Harrower Road, North End, PE 2019-08-01 11:00 CSQ07191683
Mascot Virtual video clips 2019-07-29 12:00 09JUL19
Supply and deliver an extendable pole pruner for the purpose of tree maintenance within the cemetries throughout Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage area -HT133 STIHL pruner or approved equivalent. 2019-07-31 11:00 GQ07192189
Biometrics 2019-07-29 12:00 10JUL19
For the supply and delivery of black locomotive sand at Ermelo depot for a period of seven months 2019-08-06 10:00 ERACBZ-FDT-30587
Training Services: Renewable Energy Capacity Building Programme 2019-08-23 15:00 AUC/IED/C/060
Request for quotations for the supply, delivery and ofloading of food & beverages at various stores (Main Reef & Randburg stores) 2019-07-29 10:30 SJ0001/20
Provision of catering services as per approved Sharks Stadia supplier list for Transnet SOC Limited (Reg. No 1990/000900/30) operating as Transnet Port Terminals (hereinafter referred to as “TPT”) for Transnet Port Terminals Head Office on an as and when required basis for a period of twelve (12) months. 2019-07-29 10:00 iCLM HQ 346/TPT
Provision for the supply of Microsoft Windows Server 2016 standard edition licenses 2019-07-26 13:00 EWSETA/RFQ/28/2019
Provision of Event Management for Service Excellence Awards 2019-08-06 13:00 RFQ:24694
Delivering of Minimum Municipal Competency Levels Training (MFMP) for a period of one year for a maximum of 10 (ten) candidates 2019-08-08 12:00 NC065/T17/2019
ADVERTISED RFQ 06/07/19: Request for quotation for primary emergency care/first aid level 1 training for 80 employees NQF Level 2 (once off) 2019-07-26 12:00 ADVERTISED RFQ 06/07/19
Appointment of a service provider to offer training on enterpreneurship skills to graduates for period of 36 months 2019-08-09 11:00 NRF/SAASTA/03/2019-2020
Appointment of a service provider to offer training on life skills to graduates for a period of 36 months. 2019-08-09 11:00 NRF/SAASTA/02/2019-2020
Paving of internal streets at Maviljan Phase 5 2019-08-20 12:00 MIG/MP1755/RST/19/20
Paving of internal streets at Matsikitsane Phase 1B 2019-08-20 12:00 MIG/MP1682/RST/18/19

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Tender Training

By Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

People often ask me how I know so much about tenders and the completing of tender documents. The answer is easy; training. I believe that we must always try to train as much as possible. The more training you will do the better you will get at responding to a tender. Gary Player, one of South Africa’s best golfers of all time, used to say: “The more I practice, the luckier I get.”

That is the whole point of training. The... Read More

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