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.

Submitting your tender

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

2 June 2014

After our recent tender workshop: How to complete a tender, we realized that there are still people that struggle with submitting a completed tender document.

Underneath are tips on submitting your tender response. Ensure that you follow these guidelines when you submit your tender response.

Policies & Procedures - Tenders

By Werner van Rooyen

www.how2tender.com

17 June 2014

Last week I had a look at an Eskom tender. In it was a section pertaining to Policies and Procedures. It made me wonder how many SMME’s have got Policies and Procedures in place. The problem with Policies and Procedures is that it sounds much more complicated than it actually is.

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Title Closing Date Tender No.
The supply and delivery various sizes of Ferrules. 2018-09-21 10:00 PTB1360
Provision for power transformer testing services at various sites for a period of 36 months as and when required basis. 2018-09-21 10:00 ERI/2018/TSS/01
Provision for power transformer testing services at various sites for a period of 36 months as and when required basis. 2018-09-21 10:00 ERI/2018/TSS/01
Maintenance to service roads, fencing and surfaces on an as & when required basis within a period of 24 months. 2018-10-02 10:00 KBY/54318
Supply and delivery of 2 (Two) 2.5 Litre Double Cab Ldvs With Canopy From an accredited Motor Vehicle Dealer 2018-09-04 12:00 BS22/07/2018
The University of South Africa invites tenders from suitably qualified service providers to provide the University with international courier services for a period of three years. 2018-09-03 12:00 PT2018/12
Re-design the existing human capital function in support of the DBSA Growth & Transformation agenda. 2018-09-10 11:00 RFP124/2018
Supply and delivery of 1(one) x TLB with Minimum Engine Gross Power (SAE) Of 29.1 Kw from an accredited Motor Dealer 2018-09-04 12:00 BS19/07/2018
Evaluation of the Global Fund Community Systems Strengthening Programme. 2018-09-10 08:30 None provided
Reconstruction of Stage Floor at Eric Jiyane Community Hall, Mhluzi 2018-09-05 12:00 BS23/07/2018
Request for proposals for total replacement of 22 lifts in the University. 2018-09-14 10:00 RFPSMU/008/2018
Request for proposals for upgrading of electrical substation and electrical cabling. 2018-09-14 10:00 RFP SMU/006/2018
Appointment of a Suitable Service Provider to Conduct Research on Tracking and Tracing of Learners who Completed TETA- supported Workplace-based Learning - WBL Programmes (Learner ships, Internships and apprenticeships) in the financial year 2016/2017. 2018-09-07 11:00 TETA18/RESEARCH/0005/WBL
Construction of Storage for Hazardous Material at Electrical Department Store, Service Centre (Magasyn), Middelburg 2018-09-05 12:00 BS24/07/2018
Request for Proposals for the Appointment of a Suitable Service Provider to Conduct a Tracer Study on ‘Teta-funded Pilots within Aviation for the Period of NSDS III (2011-2017) 2018-09-07 10:00 TETA18/RESEARCH/0004/TRACER
BBBEE Verification Agency 2018-08-28 12:00 030/2019
Supply Calcium hypochlorite 2018-08-23 16:00 GC11900071
Supply: Medical supplies 2018-08-28 15:00 GF11900120
Hiring of Water Tanker for Regravelling of Gravel Roads at Bethal and Emzinoni for 30 days 2018-08-27 12:00 RFQ NO: 8/3/2- 62/2018
Hire of a 20 Ton Excavator for Bellville South Landfill. 2018-08-28 09:00 WJ11900109

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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

Follow the instructions in the bid document to register your interest with the purchasing agency. This important step will help keep you up to... Read More

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