ON the 21st of May 2018 I received a call from one of the prospective bidders of a tender that I was administering. We had requested a Pre-Bid meeting for this tender and this gentle lady wanted to know what a Pre-Bid meeting is, why it was requested for, its  importance and wether it was mandatory to attend or not. The lady sounded clueless and I explained to her in detail everything that a bidder needs to know about a Pre-Bid meeting and she comprehended my explanation. The company she works for has been participating in complex public tenders for quite some time and she is not new in the industry but I was surprised that after all the experience…