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Tenders in Botswana are generally fair and realistic though with 64% costing P250 or less. South Africa tops that with 76% being available for R250 or less and in Namibia 56% of tenders cost N$250 or less. Swaziland follows on 49%
The concern comes in where tenders cost more than reproduction costs. Suppliers should not foot the bill for drawing up specifications or the cost of a sourcing process. They have their own expenses to be concerned about and often responding to a tender incurs heavy costs. In South Africa we have found 39 tenders topping R10,000 during the review period. The most expensive tender in Botswana cost P10,000 with only 7 costing P5,000 or more. Namibia is the country with the least exorbitant prices with their most expensive tender going for N$3000.
Some reasons for high tender prices
While the origin of tender fees can be understood, we believe that all tender should be distributed electronically and all tenders should be free.
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