Issue Date: 
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Understanding the Tender Process

By Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

It is imperative for all potential bidders that they familiarize themselves with the tender process in South Africa.  There are procedures that need to be followed by Organs of State when they issue a 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.

Most of the Organs of State that issue tenders follow these procedures to the letter, but there are some Organs of State that do not follow all the procedures.  The reasons for this can be many but the main reason is that not all the procedures listed in the Acts are applicable to the specific tender or bid that has been issued.  It is therefore especially important that you as potential bidder ensure that:

  • You attend the briefing session
  • You read the whole tender document because all tenders are different
  • You make sure you take note of the closing date of the tender
  • You have completed all the documents in the bid document.

It must be stressed that the tender environment is incredibly competitive and if you submit incorrect tender documents or if your tender is incomplete, your tender will be viewed as non-responsive and would not be evaluated.  Thus, make sure you understand exactly what is expected from you as bidder in terms of goods supplied or services rendered to an Organ of State.  It is important to deliver the exact goods the Organ of State want to procure.  If the Organ of State wants to procure office furniture, ensure that you supply them office furniture and not something that looks like office furniture but is not.  The specifications of your product listed in your tender must be clear and precise.  The Supply Chain Management must be able to make an informative decision regarding your supply.  So, ensure that you understand what is required.

If you understand the tender process and you specify your supply correctly and you make sure your tender is delivered on time, then you will have a good chance that your tender will reach the evaluation process.  If you make it through the evaluation process you are in business because it is then up to the Adjudication Committee to award the tender to the best candidate.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.  Book and pay online at https://howtotender.co.za/tender-expert-form/

Contact us at wernervr@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.

You can also purchase a Tender Manual (Handbook) on our website https://howtotender.co.za/ which is a step by step guide how to respond to a South African Tender.  It includes examples of completed SBD forms.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Appointment Of Service Providers For The Supply, Delivery and Off-Loading Of Bulk Metering Kiosks (Bmk) and Freestanding Bulk Metering Units (Bmu) On an as-and-When Required Basis From Date Of Award Until 30 June 2024. 2021-07-22 10:00 A-EE 04 - 2021
The Appointment of a Service Provider For The Supply Of Sip Terminals, Sip Trunk Services, Telephony Support Services of a Dedicated Hosted Multi-Tenancy Pbx & Ucc Platform As Well As Direct Internet Access (Centralised Breakout) on an as When Required Basis On From Date Of Award Until 30 June 2024 2021-07-21 10:00 A-ICT 03 - 2021
The Appointment of a Service Provider for The Supply, Installation, Support and Maintenance of The Fleet Tracking Units and Monitoring Data On as and When Required Basis From Date Of Award Until 30 June 2024 2021-07-21 10:00 A-ICT 04 - 2021
The appointment of a service provider for upgrading of ten (10) existing air quality monitoring stations: supply and installation of meteorological sensors and equipment, and particulate matter 2.5 (pm2.5) analysers from date of award until 30 June 2022 2021-07-09 10:00 A-HEA 04-2021
The appointment of Electrical Contractors for the Electrification Projects in City of Ekurhuleni on an as and when required basis from date of award until 30 June 2024 2021-07-19 10:00 A-EE 17-2021
The Appointment of Electrical Contractors For The Supply, Installation and Commissioning Of 25m Counter-Balanced Highmast Lighting Structures on an as-and-When Required Basis From Date of Award Until 30 June 2024. 2021-07-23 10:00 A-EE 05 - 2021
The Appointment Of Service Providers for the Testing, Fault Location, Repair and Maintenance Of Gas Filled and Oil Filled Underground Cable Networks From 33kv To 132kv on an as and When Required Basis From Date Of Award Until 30 June 2024. 2021-07-26 10:00 A-EE 10 - 2020
The Appointment of Electrical Contractors For The Repair and Maintenance Of Paper Insulated And Xlpe Underground Cable Networks From 33kv Up to 132kv and Associated Copper and Optic Fibre Pilot Cables on an and When Required Basis From Date Of Award Until 30 June 2024. 2021-07-26 10:00 A-EE 11 - 2020
Appointment Of Electrical Contractors for the Installation Of New Medium and Low Voltage Cables (Copper And Aluminium) and Equipment as well as Pilot Cables (Optic Fibre) For Planning and Construction Reticulation Projects on an as-And when Required Basis From Date Of Award Until 30 June 2024. 2021-07-23 10:00 A-EE 11 - 2021
Appointment of a Debt Sponsor, Panel of Dealers and Settlement and Paying Agent for the IDC Domestic Medium Term Note (DMTN) Programme 2021-06-28 11:00 T24/06/21
Appointment of CIDB grading 1EB to 3 EB contractors for minor routine electrical maintenance of CoE buildings/facilities, property, plant, and equipment on an as and when required basis from date of award until 30 June 2024 2021-07-22 10:00 A-RE 01-2021
Appointment of electrical contractors with a CIDB grading of 4EB (including 3EB PE) to 9EB for electrical maintenance work in all CoE buildings/facilities, property, plant and equipment on an as and when required basis from date of award until 30 June 2024 2021-07-23 10:00 A-RE 05-2020
Appointment of service providers for distribution, putting-up and removal of printed material for various projects carried out by City of Ekurhuleni on an as and when required basis from date of award until 30 June 2024. 2021-08-12 10:00 A- CM 01-2021
Appointment of a Panel Of Specialist Forensic Investigation For the City Of Johannesburg for the Period Of Thirty Six Months (36 Months). 2021-07-09 10:30 A873
Provision of travel, accommodation and conferencing services 2021-07-09 11:00 CGET 02/2021/22
Provision of cleaning and hygiene services 2021-07-09 11:00 CGET 01/2021/22
Co-sourcing of internal audit activities 2021-07-09 11:00 CGET 03/2021/22
Request For The Provision Of Office Accommodation/Space For The Ugu District Municipality Budget & Treasury And Human Resources Units For A Period Of Thirty-Six (36) Months 2021-07-23 12:00 UGU-05-1565-2020
Service Providers To Form A Panel Of Medical Practitioners For uMgungundlovu District Municipality 2021-07-29 12:00 02/2021
Disposal/Auction Of Council Vehicle 2021-06-29 09:00 ZDMQ: 0122/06/2021

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