OBJECTIVE This assignment provides opportunity for students to explore a particular component of the course material at a pace defined by the group. The specific tuition objective is to increase students’ understanding of the use of tender as procurement mechanism. GROUP FORMATION Form a small group of five to six students (groups should not exceed six members and individual assignments will not be marked). Group assignments are encouraged for several reasons: they provide you with opportunities to develop and enhance interpersonal, communication, leadership, follower-ship and other group skills. Group assignments are also good for learning integrative skills for performing complex tasks. The stresses and strains of group dynamics in a University environment are not unlike those of the formal workplace – rather acquire these skills here at the University, than in your first formal job environment. THE TASK A tender is defined as an offer in writing to carry out work or to supply goods/services at a certain price. It is typically put out when large-scale buyers advertise their needs and invite bids or tenders from a range of suppliers. These large scale buyers include: – National Government Departments – Provincial Government Departments – Local Governments and Municipalities – Parastatals such as Eskom, Transnet and Spoornet; and – Big companies in the Private Sector The process typically comprises a Request for Proposal (RFP), or a tender bid or invitation to prospective suppliers/vendors being issued by an organisation, such as the Government, when it needs to acquire specific goods or services. In response to the RFP, a bidder/tenderer, being a person who offers supplies/services in writing to an organisation at a specific price, submits a bid/tender/proposal to the organisation. A bid/tender/proposal is a written offer on the official RFP documents from the bidder/tenderer to the organisation and if accepted a letter of acceptance is issued to the successful bidder/tenderer. This amounts to consensual agreement between the parties and is a legal and binding contract. It has been said that tenderers should not ever bank on winning a tender, and that successful business owners submit at least twelve tenders for each one they win. However, making headlines almost daily at present, is the news that some tenderers are able to win tenders ahead of their competitors. Indeed, it is alleged that tenders have been “rigged”, with the successful bidders sometimes disqualified from eligibility to tender, through for example not complying

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Where the submission of the group report is in jeopardy. note that you will only earn access to the examination in October if you pass the assignment! DECLARATION Your assignment will not be marked unless it is accompanied by the cover sheet on the following page. and report format? CONTRIBUTION TO COURSE MARK You are advised that this assignment will contribute 15% of your total course mark. and non-compliance with tax requirements). and not complying with eligibility requirements (not having appropriate registration/ accreditation. to a maximum of 25%.000 words in length. No assignments will be accepted beyond Wednesday 14th September.with bid procedure (submit after deadline). you are invited as a matter of last resort to approach the course leader – with the documentation – and the group will be split. excluding items such as table of contents and a bibliography. DUE DATE Friday 9th September 2011. RECOMMENDED LENGTH It is expected that your assignment will be 1. you will not be evaluated by a lower standard in recognition of the increased work load due to the smaller group size. In the light of this “trial by media” you are required to evaluate the use of the tender process as an appropriate mechanism for the procurement of goods and services by the government as buying organisation. Page 2 of 3 . incorporating a declaration to which all group members must commit. and does it adhere to convention in terms of citation. try to resolve it amongst yourselves.500 to 2. In the unlikely event there is conflict within a group concerning the relative contribution of each student. GROUP CONFLICT Each student should keep working papers and estimated time spent on his/her research and preparation on his/her contribution. However. language use. Importantly. EVALUATION CRITERIA a) Does the submission have a coherent structure? Is it easy to navigate? b) Does the submission display evidence of critical thinking? Is reasoning supported by adequate foundation of fact and principle? c) Is the quality of the discussion sound? Is the submission a compelling read? d) Is the presentation scholarly in style. Late submission will be penalized by deduction of 5% per day.

ac.ukzn. it has been duly acknowledged and clearly referenced.ashx). all group members have read and signed the declaration below.UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL ENEL4EB COVER SHEET: GROUP ASSIGNMENT BEFORE SUBMITTING THIS ASSIGNMENT. policy (see MODULE NAME Engineering Business SURNAME STUDENT 1 STUDENT 2 STUDENT 3 STUDENT 4 STUDENT 5 STUDENT 6 MODULE CODE ENEL4EB INITIAL DUE DATE 9TH September 2011 STUDENT NUMBER CONTRIBUTION % / DETAILS DECLARATION We • • • declare that: We have read and are familiar with the University’s policy on plagiarism. Where the work of others has been relied upon in this assignment. We have checked this assignment to ensure that it contains no instances of PLEASE ENSURE THAT: • • • All group members are familiar with the University’s plagiarism http://utlo. all group members have filled in their details in the table below. Student 1 Signature:_______________________ Date: _________ Student 2 Signature:_______________________ Date: _________ Student 3 Signature:_______________________ Date: _________ Student 4 Signature:_______________________ Date: _________ Student 5 Signature:_______________________ Date: _________ Student 6 Signature:_______________________ Date: _________ Page 3 of 3 .

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