What’s Happening at the Sixth Annual Smart Procurement Conference and Expo

Event Africa Contributor 07/04/2019 Industry Events
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The sixth annual Western Cape Smart Procurement World conference and Enterprise and Supplier Development Expo will be held at the world-class venue, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World in Cape Town, on 9 and 10 April 2019. Entry is free of charge if you register.

More than 100 small, black-owned businesses will have the opportunity to network with industry captains from the procurement market in the Western Cape region. This year’s conference is themed ‘Walk the talk – high-impact procurement’ and the conference will build on the collaboration and momentum of previous years by bringing together the province’s major influencers and decision makers.

The conference will address a number of thorny issues around procurement. Perhaps the most controversial of these is recovering from state capture. Delegates and speakers will deal with ways that procurement professionals can drive a constitutional mandate and operate with freedom from external influences.

According to Debbie Tagg, COO for Smart Procurement World, the key focus of the event will be the unpacking of governance to produce results in procurement and to measure the impact and success of procurement policies.

“This is an extremely relevant and exciting business event and expo. GrandWest is the perfect venue and will seamlessly cater for the conferencing and expo requirements,” she says. “There will be free-to-attend content for exhibitors providing critical information on how to do business with corporates and the public sector in the region. There will also be supplier matchup sessions that will allow exhibitors to set up one-on-one interviews with corporate buyers,”

Elouise Matthys, PR and Promotions Manager, GrandWest

The sectors covered will be construction, engineering, facilities, manufacturing, agriculture, transport & logistics, services and retail, ICT, and resources such as petrochemical, energy and mining.


Smart Procurement World Conference – Tuesday, 9 April 2019

07:00 Morning Registration, Breakfast and Networking

08:30 Opening Remarks from MC: Charlotte Kemp, Futures AlchemistSouth Africa

08:45 Opening Keynote: Understanding procurement board games” 

  • What should procurement leaders grasp NOW to become board-ready?

Ian Russell, Disrupting Consultancy Pty, ex-CEO BCX Pty, formerly the CPO of Telkom, SABMiller and Absa

09:30 Recovering from State Capture Keynote Address: Real life lessons from the State Capture Project

Karyn Maughan, an award-winning investigative journalist and SA’s top legal journalist

10:30 Campfire Session: 7 high impact procurement innovations that will build public confidence, performing organisations and resultant economic Benefit at provincial level


  • Ways and How’s of recovering from State Capture
  • Policy Impact Assessment
  • Governance for results

Moderator: Mediacy Mudekwa, Head: Content,Smart Procurement World


  • Prof Geo Quinot, Vice Dean, Faculty of Law Professor, Department of Public Law, Director: African Procurement Law Unit, Stellenbosch University
  • Kwame A. Prempeh, Deputy CEO, Ghana Procurement Authority
  • Karyn Maughan, an award-winning investigative journalist and SA’s top legal journalist
  • Steven Powell, Director: Forensics, ENSafrica
  • Dr Ntombi Valencia Khumalo, MMC, Corporate and Shared Services, City of Johannesburg
  • Chibwe D. Mwelwa, President, Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply; Procurement Director, Millennium Challenge Account Zambia

10:40Provincial Treasury Sneak Peek Presentation On Economic Procurement Policy: How the province’s proposed economic procurement policy will practically impact the ordinary citizen in three fronts:

  • SMME development
  • Youth and Job Creation
  • Community Development

Zakariya Hoosain, Head of DepartmentWestern Cape Provincial Treasury


11:30 Mayoral Address: Moving from talk to action and getting results

  • How is the City of Cape Town walking the talk and working towards being a world-class city through high impact procurement?
  • What is the City’s short to medium term goal to accelerate social and economic growth through high impact procurement?

Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member, City of Cape Town

11:50 Regional Case Study: Procurement Policy Implementation- Challenges faced and lessons learnt

  • A case study of how to recover from a policy implementation nightmare.

Ayanda Mvimbi, Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme Specialist, Head of UN Women Flagship Programme on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Gender Responsive Procurement,UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office

12:15 Policy vs Impact Debate: The revised PPPFA 2017, requires that 30% of government contracts be set aside to empower SMMEs through procurement processes. Now the amended Construction Sector Codes has set out a new disqualifier for Built Environment Professionals, that only 50.1% black ownership would count for business

  • What is the likely impact of this adjustment? How feasible is this in everyday business environment. What is the ripple effect and impact of such a policy? Are policy makers focusing more on ownership than they are on impact?

Moderator: Dionne Kerr, Chief Executive Officer, Siyakha Consulting


  • Gregory Mofokeng, Chief Executive Officer, Black Business Council in the Built Environment
  • Kganki Matabane,Chief Executive Officer,Black Business Council
  • Fikile Khumalo, Director Matériel Governance, Risk and Compliance, Department of Defence
  • Isac Smith, Acting: Deputy Director General, Provincial Treasury, Western Cape Government
  • Vusi Fele, Chief Procurement Officer, Absa

13:00 Keynote Address: Moving from conformance to performance

  • What does good governance look like from a tender perspective?

Larissa Cornelius, Director, Association of Proposal Management Professionals ack Business Council in the Built Environment


Public Sector Supply Chain Summit Smart Sourcing and Supply Management

14:30 Governance: Early detection mechanism for SCM (internal audit and risk management)

Irregular Expenditure, inefficiencies in the internal control environment

Melissa Van Niekerk, Manager: MFMA Compliance, Western Cape Provincial Government

14:30 Case Study: The impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on traditional outsourcing deals and the outsourcing industry.

  • Does outsourcing still have a place in the South African economy?

Ben Van Zyl, Chief Procurement and Contracts Officer, Openserve

15:00 Campfire Session: How can you practically integrate preferential procurement into strategic sourcing to achieve the act’s intended intention in public sector?

Gloria Yekani-Peni, Associative Director Advisory Services, EY Advisory

15:00 Case Study of High Impact Strategic Sourcing : How cross-functional collaboration in the strategic sourcing process can deliver significant savings beyond expectation, even in a very mature category

Cornelia Olivier, Head of Sourcing Corporate Services, Absa

16:00 Public Procurement Legal Cases Update: Understand the disputes, court rulings and the challenges

UNPACKING: Strict compliance with tender conditions

  • ABET Inspection Engineering (Pty) Ltd v The Petroleum Oil & Gas Corporation of South Africa

Dr Allison Anthony, Department of Public Law & Jurisprudence (Public Procurement Law, Administrative Law): Faculty of Law, UNISA

16:00 Presentation: Innovation and value creation in key supplier partnerships

  • How to reach true partnership with strategic suppliers

Sanet Shepperson, Executive Head: Property and Procurement, Cell C

16:30 Enterprise & Supplier Development Expo Opening and Networking Cocktail


Smart Procurement World Conference – Wednesday, 10 April 2019

07:00 Morning Registration, Breakfast and Networking

08:00 – Opening Remarks from Mc: Charlotte Kemp, Futures Alchemist,South Africa

08:15 International Keynote Address: A Focus Global Trends: What will procurement look like in 2030?

  • What are some of the major procurement disruptors that are changing the game?

Stephen Wills (FCIPS MBA), International Senior Procurement & Supply Chain expert, Former CPO in Public & Private Business Sectors, United Kingdom

09:00 Keynote Address: Inclusion of the Black Industrialists in Supply Value Chains

  • How can procurement create an ecosystem that promote government’s top priority of inclusive growth and development for BI?

Malebo Mabitje-Thompson, Deputy Director General: Incentives Development and Administration Division (IDAD), Department of Trade and Industry

09:15 High Impact Esd Panel Discussion: How do we build a future where economy is expanding, communities are thriving, small businesses are growing and more people are employed through innovative entrepreneurship?

Moderator: Malcolm Farrell, Director, Supply Chain Network


  • Rafique Jassiem, Group Procurement Manager, Oceana Group
  • Khanya Okumu,Enterprise and Supplier Development Specialist, Old Mutual FETOLA
  • Lukhanyo Ntshobodwana, Procurement Manager, Perishable Products Expor Control Board (PPECB)
  • Solly Fourie, Head of Department,Department of Economic Development and Tourism
  • Rebecca Setino (MCIPS), Head of Procurement, Bombardier Transportation SA

09:45 Case Study: Procurement consequence management : The Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply’s far reaching mandate has been incorporated into the country’s Companies Act

  • How has the Act advocated for professionalisation and under what circumstances can a professional’s licence to practice be revoked?

Chibwe D. Mwelwa, President, Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply; Procurement Director, Millennium Challenge Account Zambia

10:30 Workforce and Talent Management Panel Discussion How to solve the 5 pervasive team challenges that hinders growth and performance , especially in cross-functional teams?

  • Why do most cross functional teams fail and how to ensure yours does not?


  • Sakhile Manyati, Deputy Director: Supply Chain Training, National Treasury
  • Ingrid du Buisson,Executive Officer: Forwarding and Clearing, Transport Education Training Authority
  • Yogan Naidu, Head: Non Trade Procurement, Woolworths
  • Shiraz Sarang, Chief Procurement Officer,Nedbank
  • Rodney Moolman, Director: SCM Education Training and Development, Western Cape Provincial Government

11:00 Mid-Morning Refreshments and Networking


Public Sector Supply Chain Summit Smart Sourcing and Supply Management

11:30 Presentation: The development of impact assessment of EPP on public sector procurement

Nadia Ebrahim, Chief Director: Provincial Government Supply Chain Management Provincial Treasury, Western Cape Government

11:30 Presentation: Hidden opportunities in your indirect spend.

  • How to get indirect spend under control and unlock the hidden revenue in your indirect spend?

Bernd Schulz, International Partner: Senior Advisor, Vantage Partners

12:15 Presentation: Public vs. Private sector perspectives on supply chain management

  • How does winning private sector procurement practices (strategic sourcing) fare in public sector?

Santie du Toit-White (MCIPS), Director – Supply Chain Management (Sourcing), Western Cape Government Health

12:15 Presentation: Top ten negotiation failures Know what not to do in negotiations!.

Miles Hodge, Managing Director, The Gap Partnership

13:00 Presentation: An international Public Sector Case Study on making progress on society’s biggest problems using data and involving citizens

  • What are the top pillars to great SCM and better public sector service?

Stephen Wills (FCIPS MBA), International Senior Procurement & Supply Chain expert, Former CPO in Public & Private Business Sectors, United Kingdom

13:00 Presentation: Successful Supplier Risk Management & Mitigation Tactics

  • Developing and executing a successful supplier risk management

Thomas Majaya, Head: Procurement, MMI

13:45 Networking Lunch and Expo Viewing

14:45 – International Presentation: Speaking The Language Of Procurement

Stephen Wills (FCIPS MBA), International Senior Procurement & Supply Chain expert, Former CPO in Public & Private Business Sectors, United Kingdom

15:15 Keynote Presentation: Billions disappeared overnight, where did it go? Inside SA’s biggest corporate crash

  • On the morning of Tuesday 5 December 2017, the Steinhoff group was worth R193 Billion. 24hrs later, more than R117 Billion of its market value was wiped out. What exactly happened? What is Steinhoff? Who is Markus Jooste and how does he tie in with the so called “Stellenbosch Mafia”?

James Brent Styan, Author: Steinhoff inside SA’s biggest corporate crash, South Africa

15:45 Reading of Conference Declarations and Resolutions


Enterprise & Supplier Development Expo – 10 April 2019


09:00 – How to do business with the City of Cape Town

09:45 – How SMMEs can enhance their access to local markets Absa

10:30 – How to do business with Provincial Treasury

11:15 – How to do business with GrandWest / Sun International

12:00 – How to create an online presence

12:45 – How to do business with PetroSA

13:30 – Building an empire: A South African SMME success story

14:15 – How to do business with Woolworths

15:00 – How to do business with Old Mutual



09:30 – Introduction to Negotiating: Top negotiation failures and pitfalls

10:30 – Introduction to leadership in Procurement

11:30 – How to adopt Strategic Sourcing

12:30 – Internet of Things – and Procurement

13:00 – Break

14:00 – Developing strategies for improving your SRM



09:00 – 10:00 – Construction, Engineering, Facilities

10:30 – 11:30 – Manufacturing / Agriculture / Transport & Logistics

12:00 – 13:00 – Services /Retail

13:30 – 14:30 – ICT

15:00 – 16:00 – Resources- Petrochemical/Energy/ Mining