4 Different Tender Sources to Find Government Tenders in Zimbabwe
  • by Claris Zimbiti


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So, you’ve done some research into how to find your next government contract but there’s no obvious place to look for tender information in Zimbabwe. It can be hard to know where to start, or even where to look.

This is mostly because there isn't a single, centralized platform that all buyers in all industries use to post their tenders, so there are a lot of different sources!

But even though tender opportunities can be found in a lot of different places, they can usually be found in the following two categories - either online or in print.

In this post, we'll give you a quick rundown of the four most likely places to find tenders in Zimbabwe. We will talk about each source's pros and cons. With our help, you'll be able to navigate the world of tenders and find the opportunities you're looking for.

1. National Newspapers


Perhaps the most well-known place to find tenders is in the newspaper, which is also the easiest to use. Most of the time, these tenders are placed through classified ads in local newspapers.

You might wonder why government agencies go through all the hassle of putting their tenders in the newspaper. This is because the Public Procurement Act requires every agency to advertise in at least one of the most-read national newspapers.

There are more than 13 newspaper publications in Zimbabwe. The Herald and Sunday Mail are the most likely newspapers to have government tenders.


Advantages

Although the newspaper has been overtaken by the internet, it still has some tremendous benefits too. And these are:

● Easier to access.

● Very reliable- They have more access to tenders as most of the government agencies are compelled to do so by the law


Disadvantages

● It takes a lot of time and has lots of distractions. You’ll have to spend time reading the whole newspaper to find tenders in your industry. You’ll have to sift through a lot of irrelevant information to find tenders you’re interested in.

● You can only find out about tenders in your area if you have access to national newspapers.

● Usually, they only publish government tenders. Because it is very expensive for government agencies to publish a tender, only large ones are advertised.

● Not tender specific- You will have to go through each and every tender advertisement to find the specific tender that you want to respond to

● High chance of missing out on tenders. You won’t be able to read and track the newspaper every day because of other work commitments. Sometimes it's easy to overlook a tender as an advertisement


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2. Tender Portals


Technology has made so many things faster, easier, and more cost effective these days. Tender portals, which are online tender services, are the second place where you can find government tenders.

These are websites that collect all the available tenders every day, whether they are from the public or private sector. You can find these sites on the internet. Tendertube is an example of a portal like this. These portals give businesses access to thousands of bids, both public and private, as well as government bids.

These portals are one of the best ways to find tenders that your business is interested in. They are a good choice because they save you a lot of time. And they can help you do more in less time.

Remember, just finding tender opportunities is not enough to win contracts. You should spend most of your time building relationships and writing good responses.That’s where the money is.

Another good thing about tender portals is that you get tenders that are relevant to your business. Now, let’s discuss some advantages and disadvantages of using tender portals.

Advantages

● Time saved: In just a few minutes, you can find tenders for the day

● There are many different kinds of tenders, such as government, NGO, and commercial ones, available on these platforms

● You'll only get tenders that are relevant to your business, so you won't have to waste time scrolling through a long list of tenders not useful to your business

● You get an email every day with a list of open tenders, so you can access them from anywhere in the world.

● Once the tender is in the system, you can go back to it or keep referring to it again and again.. So you are very sure that you won't miss out on that tender which could change your life.

Disadvantages

● Some tender portals can be very costly. They are often priced per month, starting at $10


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3.Internet, Social Media, Company Websites


The internet has transformed the way we live, work, and communicate. It has become an essential part of our lives, and it is hard to imagine a world without it.

When it comes to finding tenders, it can be a jungle. There are so many government websites out there and even social media handles that advertise tender opportunities.

It can be hard to know where to start especially if you are not familiar with these sites.

Let's look at some advantages and disadvantages of using the internet, social media and company websites to find tenders.

Advantages

● One good thing about the internet is that It’s totally free. There is no need to pay anything.

Disadvantages

● Wasted time-Tenders can be outdated. This is because the internet does not differentiate between current tenders and expired tenders.

● Searching through millions of search results takes time. If you type "tenders available in Zimbabwe" into Google, you'll get about 3,450,000 results. Nobody has the time to look at that many results.

● You'll have to manually check different websites for new tenders on a regular basis. If you don't check the websites, you might miss that once-in-a-lifetime tender.

● Most company websites are not updated regularly because most government agencies do not have the time and resources to do that


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4. Government Gazette


Government gazettes are another source of information on upcoming tenders. These are government publications which publish certain types of information, including tenders.

The Government Gazette is published once per week. And all open tenders for a given week will be listed in that week's edition.

So, they can be a good place to look for tenders, but the process of searching can be a bit scary at times. And it is not always the most reliable source because sometimes the tender information is often out of date or missing.

Lastly, let’s quickly explore some of the pros and cons of using the Government Gazette to find tender information.

Advantages

● It is very cheap. You only pay a small amount

Disadvantages

● The Government Gazette is published every week. So you have to check it every week. Some tenders would have expired or be about to expire.

● The Government Gazette is usually a very large document. If you access it via your cell phone, you are going to struggle to download this large document. You will also have a hard time reading it on your phone.

● You will have to go through a long list of tenders to find the specific tender that you want to respond to

● Tenders are limited to government tenders only. There are no private sector or NGO tenders

● You’ll have to sift through a lot of irrelevant tenders to find the ones you’re interested in, which is time-consuming.

Wrapping Up


There you have it. We have shared a few ways in which you can find your next government tender in Zimbabwe. While these are only the most obvious sources, there are more out there that might work for you depending on your market.

The key thing is to do research so that you're informed about where and how to find your next contract or project. It all boils down to your market, how much time you have, and your budget.