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About Marlaine Andersen

I have been working for Leads 2 Business, in the Private Projects Department, for 10 years this July. I am Deputy HoD for Private Projects. Researching mining projects and projects through-out the African continent are my areas of research and I find them most interesting.

Industry Events: Africa April & May 2019

Event:

Meqasa Home & Property Fair

Date:

06 to 07 Apr 2019

Event Location:

Silver Star Tower, Accra, Ghana

Event Description:

“Amazing property deals you can’t miss!”
The meqasa Home & Property Fair offers property seekers the opportunity to meet with the nation’s top real estate developers, home loan specialists and home improvement vendors to help them find their dream homes, office space and real estate related products and services. There will be various opportunities for attendees to meet new people and identify those leads that are specifically relevant to their businesses.

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Event:

Nigeria Energy Forum

Date:

09 – 10 Apr 2019

Event Location:

Admiralty Conference Centre, Lagos, Nigeria

Event Description:

The Nigeria Energy Forum set to upscale the development of sustainable energy services for all through a capacity building, training and development programme for policymakers, business leaders, energy innovators, professional engineers, industry experts and academics in Nigeria and other African countries.

Contact Details:

Tel: +44 777 458 2543
Email: info@thenef.org

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Event:

East Africa Property Investment Summit

Date:

10 to 11 Apr 2019

Event Location:

Radisson Blu Hotel Nairobi Upper Hill, Nairobi, Kenya

Event Description:

The East Africa Property Investment Summit is a leading property event for the entire region’s real estate market. Driven by passionate professionals, fast-growing economies and exciting projects, the real estate sector provides potential and opportunity for the educated and savvy investor or developer.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (11) 250 2260
Email: info@apievents.com

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Event:

Kenya Homes Expo

Date:

11 to 14 Apr 2019

Event Location:

Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

Event Description:

The Kenya Homes Expo is the region’s biggest homes show. Targeting the entire African region with a major focus on East & Central Africa, the Kenya Homes Expo is an experiential platform that creates a level ground for real estate players to converge with a ready market for land, homes, financial advice and general real estate information. We are the heartbeat of East & Central Africa, the authoritative voice of the real estate market. Exhibitors ranging from landowners, realtors, contractors, landscape artists, to interior design companies and insurers and bankers, we successfully deliver eye-opening and innovative shows for the real estate industry.

Contact Details:

Tel: +254(0)72 522 5650
Email: info@kenyahomesexpo.com

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Event:

BotsReal Property & Infrastructure Forum

Date:

09 May 2019

Event Location:

Peermont, Gaborone International Conference Centre (GICC), Gaborone, Botswana

Event Description:

BotsReal Property & Infrastructure Forum will facilitate the platform for both private and public investors, developers and industry professionals, to network, debate and examine issues and opportunities around the countries property & infrastructure sectors. Through API Events’ regional network, the event will also attract international companies and investors looking for opportunities in Botswana as well as potential partners, suppliers and service providers.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (0)11 250 2260
Email: registrations@apievents.com

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Event:

Mining Investment Conference & Exhibition Botswana

Date:

21 to 22 May 2019

Event Location:

Peermont, Gaborone International Conference Centre (GICC), Gaborone, Botswana

Event Description:

Mining Investment Conference & Exhibition Botswana is a strategic mining conference and exhibition for the leaders of the mining, quarrying and construction materials industries, bringing together attendees from countries.

Contact Details:

Tel: +65 6717 6016
Email: enquiry@spire-events.com

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Event:

Mining Investment West Africa

Date:

28 to 29 May 2019

Event Location:

Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Alisa Accra, Accra, Ghana

Event Description:

The Mining Investment West Africa is a strategic mining conference and exhibition for the leaders of the mining, quarrying and construction materials industries, bringing together attendees from countries. Ministers, mining companies, investors and service providers travel from all over Africa, Asia, North America, Europe and Middle East for two days of partnering, networking and business matching. Join us at an invaluable platform to seek new partnerships, new business and new opportunities.

Contact Details:

Tel: +65 6717 6016
Email: enquiry@spire-events.com

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How To: Request a BoQ on a Tender

Request the Bill of Quantities (BoQ) on a Tender of interest and find your service/product opportunities.
– here’s a quick video tutorial from “The How To Series”.

(Duration 1 min,30 sec)

 

 

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Simple Tips that will improve Vendor Responses

 

As the main contractor, your daily schedule involves plenty of organizing, planning, and meticulous work. In a busy world with a busy schedule, it is very easy to lose track of time and lose your objective for the day, even if it is just slight details or information that you need to obtain.
When you tender on a project (or a few), the stressful work can get a bit much, but never fear, as Leads 2 Business is here with a solution.

By using our L2Q Pricing Platform, life has become a little simpler in obtaining prices from various Vendors in just a few clicks.

Once a Bill of Quantities has been added onto your pricing platform profile, you can send Request for Quotes (RFQ’s) to various vendors to obtain prices for specific trades that you require.

Our dedicated Control List team will meticulously follow up on these RFQ’s to assist in obtaining the necessary responses.

By using the following tips, the responses you receive from vendors could be improved:

  • Provide vendors with drawings and/or specifications of the project.
  • Should a vendor contact you with regards to the quotation, assist as much as you are able to at the time.
  • Confirm that you are sending the RFQ to the correct vendor i.e read the description of the company, which will give you the necessary insight on their scope of works.
  • Keep an open line of communication, as good communication will assist with dealing with the same vendor in the future. For example; if the tender has been awarded, notify the vendor if you have been awarded the tender or not. This will let the vendor know that he/she is not pricing in vain.
  • Give the vendors sufficient time to respond to the RFQ (at least 5 – 7 days).

Hopefully, using these few tips, it will assist in an even smoother process to obtain your responses from various vendors, without being bombarded by unnecessary responses that you don’t need.

Feel free to give us a call if you require more information about our Leads 2 Quotes package on +27(0)860 836 337.

 

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About Nadine Vermeulen

I started working at Leads 2 Business in October 2014 in the Leads 2 Quotes Department. I managed all the Daily Tender Bill Requests and followed up on BoQ's for our Daily Tender Subscribers. In 2017, I was promoted to L2Q Assistant and now work with Bill of Quantities for Contractors. 🙂

Featured Tender: Completion Contract: Masterplan for the conversion of carpenter workshop into offices and face lifting of main building

Featured Tender: Completion Contract: Masterplan for the conversion of carpenter workshop into offices and face lifting of main building

Supply, Install or Replacement of High Voltage and Medium Voltage Equipment in Various Substations

Contract Number:

ZNTU03609W – Department of Public Works

Description:

Bids are invited for: Completion Contract: Masterplan for the conversion of carpenter workshop into offices and face lifting of main building at Department of Public Works, Vryheid

Category Industry
Building Renovations, Institutional
Region Site Inspection
Mtubatuba 2019-03-13 11:00 AM
Closing Date Contract Period
01 April 2019 at 11:00 No details.

 

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About Claire Donaldson

I started working at Leads 2 Business in February 2005, and have served as Head of Department of Daily Tenders from 2007 until the present. I oversee both the Daily Tenders South Africa and Africa Departments.

Jumpstart your spread with L2Q

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Jumpstart your spread with L2Q

I must be honest…when I first started working at Leads 2 Business, the department that “freaked me out” the most was by far L2Q. I knew the only way I would overcome my fear was to get myself into L2Q and learn as much as I possibly could. And here I am.

So firstly, what does L2Q stand for? Leads 2 Quotes (L2Q) is an electronic pricing platform used by buyers to send out requests for quotes to their preferred suppliers.

You have the following benefits:

  • One system – which makes it easier and more efficient for you so you don’t have to try and find vendors to provide pricing. It is all right there for you – just by a click of a button;
  • Trade Mapping – where we will code the trades according to your company’s needs;
  • L2Q has the ability to transfer a bill of quantity into various electronic formats;
  • Easy access to a database of vendors / suppliers within different regions;
  • Time saver;
  • We have a support team who will follow up on the requests for quotes and update you accordingly on their response;
  • We upload any drawings that you may have.

The L2Q process is super simple and straight forward and is as follows: Buyers / main contractors will do an L2Q Bill Request on the L2B system, which guides you through the steps such as contract number, description, respond by date, closing date, then on to the trade mapping, attaching files, etc as below:

The bill of quantities can either be attached on the request or the contractors can send it to us directly via e-mail. From there, we will convert it, make it “pretty”, code it into the correct trades and upload it onto the buyer’s L2Q Desktop, for you to begin the process of electrically requesting quotes. This process does take some time, our turn-around times are as follows: Excel bills is a minimum of 24 hours and PDF a minimum of 48 hours.

We then also have Trade Mapping available which is where we will code the trades according to your company’s needs.

You will have the option of selecting your preferred suppliers/vendors. You can earmark the businesses that have given you the best response, service and pricing. Our pricing platform will also start recognising the vendors on our system who have given you the best response to the requests for quotes. So should you not have dealt with a company before, their rating will give you a guideline on their response rate. You can then generate a Control List report which will show you the vendors you have sent to as well as your engagement with them, how they are responding to you as well as the follow ups done by our Control List team.

We understand the time constraints and therefore our directory of over 90 000 companies is expanding and updated on a daily basis which then gives you even more options to your business and ultimately more competitive pricing when submitting a tender.

The e-mails that are sent to the vendors through the L2Q system include your company branding, drawings, addendums, terms & conditions and specifications which bring clarity to the vendors when responding.

In conclusion, Leads 2 Business’ biggest and strongest point of differentiation is our Leads 2 Quotes platform – our very own. I hope that my explanation of the L2Q system has been useful as well as beneficial to you, and that those who have been a bit weary of it, will now grab it by the horns 😉

 

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About Bianca Horne

I started working at Leads 2 Business in May 2013 in the Africa Tenders Department. I worked my way to the Leads 2 Quotes Department in September 2016 and have been there ever since.

Featured Company: D G I Trading Mining Equipment

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Who’s who in your Industry? This week we are featuring D G I Trading Mining Equipment (a division of D G I Trading SA (Pty) Ltd)

 

 

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About Ashlee Kelly

I am Ashlee Kelly and I have been with Leads 2 Business for a year and 3 months. Although new to the Company I have been in the construction industry for 4 Years. My passion is working with clients and ensuring that they grow their business in the right direction by getting involved in projects and tenders we can offer. I am a very out-going person with many characteristics, and love to help when a client needs any assistance.

Industry Events: South Africa March 2019

Event:

NAACAM Show 2019

Date:

12 to 14 March 2019

Event Location:

Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) (Inkhosi Albert Luthuli ICC Complex), Durban, South Africa

Event Description:

Leaders of the automotive and component manufacturing sector, the largest manufacturing sector in South Africa and Africa gather biennially to discuss, showcase, engage and network around the big issues and opportunities in the sector. The main objectives of the NAACAM Show are to deliver a premier event which: Facilitates localisation, intra-African trade and investment linkages, and exports from sectors determined to be globally competitive; enables Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and technology partnerships; promotes the development and growth of Black-owned suppliers in South Africa, and facilitates outcomes-based dialogue

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (0)31 764 6100
Email: info@naacamshow.co.za

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Event:

1st Annual Smart Procurement World Conference and Expo Free State

Date:

19 to 20 March 2019

Event Location:

Pacofs, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Event Description:

Join the region’s key procurement, supply chain and supplier development professionals as they embark on the impact of procurement. They will engage with top suppliers and corporate ready SMMEs over the conference day.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (0)861 334 326
Email: info@smartprocurement.com

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Event:

Domestic Use of Energy (DUE) 2019

Date:

25 to 27 March 2019

Event Location:

Cape Peninsula University of Technology Wellington Campus, Wellington, South Africa

Event Description:

Come to the African and International DUE 2019 The conference is a celebration of the convenience of electricity and investigates new ways to “do more with the energy you use” – productive use of a strategic resource by an ever expanding base of consumers in both the residential and business sector means that South Africa can grow its economy thanks to a reliable electricity supply. Enjoy Wellington, and idyllic town 40 minutes from, Cape Town at the finest time of the year! At the same time, please join the local drive to conserve water – our other most precious resource.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (0)21 959 4330
Email: DUE@cput.ac.za

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Event:

Power & Electricity World Africa 2019

Date:

26 to 27 March 2019

Event Location:

Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Description:

Power & Electricity World Africa will play host to many visitor attractions, bringing to life the learning from the conference and seminars through a series of thought-provoking installations and live interactive launches, showcases and interviews, located within the exhibition floor.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (0)11 516 4061
Email: siphiwe.ndaba@terrapinn.com

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Event:

The Solar Show Africa 2019

Date:

26 to 27 March 2019

Event Location:

Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Description:

The Solar Show Africa will play host to many visitor attractions, bringing to life the learning from the conference and seminars through a series of thought-provoking installations and live interactive launches, showcases and interviews, located within the exhibition floor.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (0)11 516 4061
Email: siphiwe.ndaba@terrapinn.com

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Event:

The Water Show Africa 2019

Date:

26 to 27 March 2019

Event Location:

Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Description:

The Water Show Africa will play host to many visitor attractions, bringing to life the learning from the conference and seminars through a series of thought-provoking installations and live interactive launches, showcases and interviews, located within the exhibition floor.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (0)11 516 4061
Email: siphiwe.ndaba@terrapinn.com

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Event:

Energy Efficiency World Africa

Date:

26 to 27 March 2019

Event Location:

Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Description:

Part of the 22nd annual Power & Electricity World Africa show (Africa’s largest and longest-running power and electricity show), The Energy Efficiency Show Africa is Africa’s premier energy efficiency and lighting show. With increasing electricity prices and supply concerns, property owners, architects and large energy users, including mines, commercial property developers, industrial manufacturers and retailers are continuously looking to source cost-effective and sustainable energy efficient and lighting solutions.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (0)11 516 4061
Email: siphiwe.ndaba@terrapinn.com

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Event:

Rustenburg Mining & Industrial Expo

Date:

27 March 2019

Event Location:

1 – 6 PM 6th Street, Wateval Villiage, Sibanye Still Water Platinum Mines, Rustenburg, South Africa

Event Description:

A travelling Mining & Industrial Exhibition that brings new products to market with resounding success, benefit from on-site sales, new sales leads and brand visibility. It delivers a great return on investment for exhibitors, with visitors keen to see the latest in products, services, technologies, and trends across the mining, construction, Industrial, power generation and machine tools sectors.

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (0)61 348 4607
Email: info@mining-expo.co.za

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Event:

Student Accommmodation Development Summit

Date:

27 March 2019

Event Location:

Hilton Sandton, Sandton, South Africa

Event Description:

“The biggest Student Accommodation Development and Investment Meeting in South Africa”. The Student Accommodation Development Summit, developed alongside industry experts on our advisory panel, will welcome senior government leaders, developers, investors and universities to discuss the future of student accommodation in South Africa. The summit seeks to address the huge backlog of student accommodation and funding in South Africa. There is growing pressure for government, private sector, universities and investors to look for more innovative solutions to address this challenge. Intouch Africa in partnership with the South African Property Investors Network (SAPN) and the Enterprise Development Property Fund will be hosting this high level information sharing meeting to unpack the current state of student accommodation in South Africa, and look at various global and local innovative methods to address this challenge, as well as setting a path for greater investment and partnership in student accommodation.

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Create a Tender that gets Results

Create a Tender that gets Results

In the world of construction, we often hear the word “tender” being used more often than ever…”Who was that tender awarded too?”, “X & Y have just put out a tender for the building of A”, “I wonder which company got awarded that tender?”…the big question then becomes, what is a Tender?

A tender is a process where an offer is put out to do work or supply a service/goods at a fixed price. Usually given by government and financial institutions they invite bids for large projects and have to be submitted in a finite deadline.

Creating a tender that will get the desired results may seem rather impossible but the reality is its all dependant on a few but relevant pointers will have a look at below:

  • Ensure that you are registered on the supplier database – find a sector that works for your line of business and register to be informed of the tenders that would be published.
  • Attend the briefing sessions so you would know what’s expected for the project.
  • Have the correct documents – it’s standard to have the correct documents as a company. Have a valid and current tax clearance and BEE certificate.
  • Have a good banking record, credit history and relationship with your clients and suppliers.
  • You must have the cash flow and necessary resources to bid for the tender.
  • Price in a competitive manner with proof – avoid pricing extremely low, get the pricing just correct.
  • Provide references – this will assist in boosting your chances of being awarded
  • Source out partnership – completing a project without assistance is always a bonus but it always helps to get assistance if needed.
  • Keep note of the of the closing date and submit before that time.
  • Keep a copy of your tender documents
  • Never give up – the tendering world isn’t easy at all but just because you didn’t get the first doesn’t mean the ones to follow won’t be a success.

Do remember that tenders are a lengthy process which may take a while before they are awarded, this doesn’t mean you should just bid for one and sit back waiting for the work..put in the effort and do as much research as you can in order to create a tender that will get you the results you desire.

It’s not so much that it is a difficult task but it needs you to be specific and pay close attention to the finer detail.

 

Sources

News24
Entrepreneurmag
Investopedia
GoogleImages
GoogleImages
GoogleImages

 

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Fraudulent Tenders: What to look out for

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Is it too good to be true…

I see all sorts crossing my desk, when it comes to researching and sourcing tender notices. I see not only the various notifications companies and organisations put out alerting the public to the scams out there, but I also get sent quite a few scams myself. This has inadvertently created a new skill set. And that is, inhouse dodgy tender notice identifier.

Fraudulent tenders and scams involving tenders is not new. It tends to take on various incarnations, and, unfortunately, tends to get more inventive as time goes on. There’s a bizarre combination of old tricks and new tricks. So this misuse of imagination keeps everyone on their toes. It takes learning on the job to a new level.

Scams are not limited to any one type of service or product. It can be anything from supplying wheelie bins to building RDP houses. It doesn’t matter what the service or product is, because it’s just used as bait to lure unsuspecting suppliers and contractors to fall for the scam.

Any procurement process is competitive. And companies have to work hard to take advantage of all the opportunities that come their way. Fraudsters tend to prey on this eagerness, and in some cases desperation. They use a company’s naivity to their advantage as well as greed (to be blatantly honest). Heightened emotions, of any kind, put someone at risk of making a risking decision.

Money is the focus for scammers. They are trying to get as much as they can as quickly as they can as often as they can. So a red flag is any tender deposit that is exorbitantly high. A registration fee of any kind, needs to be questioned.

Has a tender notice or request for quotation shown up unannounced? Unsolicited quotations are very common. There are all manner of electronic procurement systems out there allowing buyers to send RFQs to vendors legitimately. But if you do not recognise the format or who the RFQ has come from, always double check. The way to double check, is to not call any numbers listed directly on the quotation. Look up the switchboard numbers of the organisation and call them directly and this will allow you to get confirmation of the legitimacy or the fraudulent nature of the tender notice/ quotation.

These fraudulent quotations/ tenders tend to also ask for very specific goods or products. Usually, where there’s only one company that can supply the item in question. Be wary of these types of quotations, as they channel you in the direction that the scammer wants you to go.

Did you tender for the contract award that has suddenly shown up in your inbox or doorstep? No? Then it’s most likely a scam. You cannot be awarded a tender you did not submit a tender/ quote for.

You will never be asked to pay, before being awarded a tender.

Is the quotation/ tender notice not only on a “official” looking letterhead, but has a watermark and all manner of crests and coats of arms? Trying too hard to look legitimate and official; then give this a wide berth, and call the organisation and check

Is the email address given, some bizarre derivative of an official organisation’s domain name? Then it’s a scam. Government Departments, Municipalities and legitimate private companies do not have various versions of their own domain names. There’s one official domain name and that’s it. This is a dead give away.

Most of these fraudulent tenders/ quotations are variations of exactly the same advert but with varying dates and slightly different cell phone numbers listed. This repetition stands out. Companies are posting warnings of these scams; so a good Google search can quite quickly confirm whether the tender/ quotation is fake or not.

It might be tedious; double checking and notifying the proper companies of these scams out there, but it helps tremendously in shutting these scammers out by spreading the word.

Once bitten, Twice Shy.

 

 

 

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