Tendering agency TaranisCo Advisory has launched a survey to better understand the biggest challenges bidders face when putting together tenders for government contracts.

Gerrit Davids, Lead Advisor at the agency, says, “We receive loads of enquiries on a daily basis from bidders, enquiring as to whether they are correctly responding to these bulky bid documents, and there is this inherent fear, which causes people not to coherently, follow the instructions contained therein.

“Government on the other hand, assumes that all bidders have the required and nuanced understanding of the legal prescripts, which must be complied with under the different pieces of enabling legislation like the Constitution, the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) and the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA), which are only a few of the more than fifty different pieces of legislation that play a role within the broader tendering regulatory environment.”

“The objective of the survey is, primarily, to encourage both stakeholders to embrace the regulatory prescripts and in that way foster a culture of full compliance.”

Davids adds that his hope is that the survey results will help guide both the State and bidders on how to best approach the tendering process.

He adds, “The objective of the survey is, primarily, to encourage both stakeholders to embrace the regulatory prescripts and in that way foster a culture of full compliance to create an environment, which is ‘Fair, Equitable, Transparent, Competitive and Cost-Effective’, as prescribed by Section 217 of the Constitution.”

If you bid on government tenders, please take some time to participate in the survey here. A random lucky draw will see nine participants win a free pass to an online, half-day tendering workshop on how to put together compliant government tenders.

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