Smart procurement in Cape Town

Smart Procurement World (SPW) brings South Africa’s definitive procurement and supply chain event to Cape Town, from 3 to 5 March 2015 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

“Our core focus is to deliver development and learning in private and public procurement and supply chain management,” said Smart Procurement Editor, Bernie Van Niekerk. 

“Delegates attending the SPW Conference can expect to gain fresh insight into the latest developments in procurement, learning from expert speakers, professionals and business leaders,” said Van Niekerk. “There will also be excellent opportunities for networking where delegates, from the Public and Private sector as well as SMME’s, can raise their profiles and make new business contacts.”  

According to Van Niekerk the co-located ABSA Enterprise Development Exhibition aims to assist procurement professionals better understand the demands placed on them to source local content, and provides a platform to find SMME’s that will fit into their business structure. 

“The South African government and corporate South Africa are looking to enterprise & supplier development as a means of providing sustainable economic growth and development,” he said.  “Promoting SMME’s and ensuring their growth and sustainability in coordination with key partnerships, is significant in ensuring long-term success not just for the SMME but also for the corporates that invest in these businesses – ultimately reaping what they have invested in the long run.”

“Smart Procurement World is the only business trade show in South Africa that brings such a comprehensive selection of buyers and suppliers together in such a meaningful way,” said Van Niekerk. 

Speakers at this premier event include some big names such as Massmart’s Supplier Development Manager, Moshisi Lehlongwane; Pioneer’s Head of Group Procurement, Mpume Maphumulo; Western Cape Provincial Treasury’s Chief Director of Asset Management, Isac Smith; Transnet’s Chief Procurement Officer, Garry Pita; MD of CIPS Africa, Andre Coetzee; and many more. Chester Williams will deliver a motivational talk and the Chief Economist at Investment Solutions, Chris Hart, will provide an SA Economic Outlook specifically pinpointing the challenges affecting procurement in the country said Van Niekerk.

The conference caters to the Private and Public sector with targeted opportunities and outcomes for both. Private sector delegates will learn from case studies developed to address the business model for the Western Cape, gaining an understanding of the Western Cape government’s changing mandate and its relevance to the private sector supply chain model.

Other discussions with of importance specifically to the private sector include a case study presented by Massmart’s Lehlongwane discussing the effects of the new BEE Codes and sub-categories on an organisation’s current and future Enterprise and Supplier Development initiatives. And a presentation by SAA’s Chief Procurement Officer, Dr Masimba Dahwa, on keeping procurement strategies relevant by examining existing procument processes to better suit corporate goals. 

For the Public sector delegate a presentation on evaluating the current technology initiatives around strategic sourcing, would be of interest. This includes e-procurement, procurement demand visibility that ensures procurement plans are accurate and relevant, and strategic automation to enable strategic procurement and compliance in Government. 

Also of interest to the Public sector would be The Presidency’s Director of Internal Audit and Risk Management, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Boitumelo Mokgatie’s discussion on ways to implement effective procurement risk management plans through auditing, monitoring and evaluating procurement risk. And a panel discussion on the best ways to navigate the New BEE Codes of Good Practice in the context of provincial and municipal supply chain management.

The SWP Conference and exhibition, is a premium space for delegates and exhibitors to meet sourcing, procurement, purchasing and buying professionals from government and the private sector. “The conference offers easy access to procurement professionals ensuring that you can learn more about their requirements in order to meet their needs. This will be the premier event for generating business and sourcing from top suppliers and verified black-owned SMMEs,” Van Niekerk said. 

“The SPW Cape Town conference offers solutions, strategy and innovation for your procurement function,” he said. To register online, visit