Attaining a tender is often considered to be a tough and challenging process especially when one is applying a tender for a government owned/controlled institution. The application processes comes with certain conditions that should be fully complied by the applicant, anything outside the tender requirements will make the application unsuccessful. But captains of such institutions cite that the process is very easy.
The process of applying for an Eskom tender may seem complicated on paper, but the process is practically fair and straightforward as long as applicants pay much attention to the details. The power utility frequently posts its tender list (database) online and a general search is all that’s required to identify contracts that your company might be able to fulfill. It is of course vital to pay attention to the criteria for each job as stipulated in the full tender notice, as well as the fixed price offered for the job (where applicable) and other relevant conditions such as insurance and taxes.
If these are appropriate, the next step is to fill out and submit all the relevant forms, which can be collected and submitted as specified in the tender notice.
The necessary information will generally include:
- Description of your company
- Products or services that your company specialises in
- Your company compliance to relevant regulative authorities
- Previous projects completed
- Other supporting documents deemed necessary for the tender process
These forms must be submitted (usually in an envelope with the tender number written on it) by the closing deadline, as no late submission will be accepted. Apart from this, there may also be required meetings that must be attended in order to qualify, so these must be carefully noted.
Following a preliminary check to qualify or disqualify potential candidates, a thorough review is conducted by Eskom to determine which bid will be successful. Many factors are considered, as well as the offered price (where a quote is requested), the compliance of the product or service as offered by the bidder with the specifications of the tender itself, and many other relevant factors.
Provided you believe that your company is capable of doing the job, your best bet is to put in a complete, high-quality application that will stand out against the competition, and hope for the best.