Day 1 - Tuesday, 17 september 2019

REGISTRATION: Breakfast and Networking

OPENING | Remarks from Master of Ceremonies
Africa Melane, Presenter, CapeTalk and Radio 702


Welcome from Absa


OPENING KEYNOTE | Leadership challenges post State Capture
Understanding the new shape of procurement in South Africa as an independent function and the role of business and government in championing strong leadership post State Capture.

Karabo Khakhau, Member of Free State Legislature, South Africa, Advocacy Coordinator, University of Cape Town SRC



PRESENTATION | Procurement Economic Roadmap for South Africa
What are the major factors that will influence tailwinds and headwinds in South Africa in 2020 and to what extent will procurement be affected?

Moderator: Africa Melane, Presenter, CapeTalk and Radio 702


Chris Hart, Executive Chairman, Most Quoted Economist, Impact Investment Africa, South Africa

Jannie Rossouw, Professor of Economics, Head of School of Economic and Business Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand


PRESENTATION | State Capture – Don’t Blame the Mouse, Blame the Hole in the Wall
A showcase of how organised crime, gangsters and powerful political figures have been able to capture the law enforcement authorities and agencies
What role has Procurement played in this regard – innocent bystanders or active accomplices?

Jacques Pauw, Author: The President’s Keepers


PRESENTATION | Future Thinker – Ways to make SOEs perform better
What can organisations do from a procurement perspective to build more confidence in SOEs?
How should procurement be positioned to protect and strengthen core institutions in South Africa?

ModeratorAfrica Melane, Presenter, CapeTalk and Radio 702

Panelist:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Natasha Mazzone, South African politician, Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Member of the National Assembly                               Matodzi Ratshimbilani, Director and Author, TGR Attorneys




PANEL DISCUSSION | Driving a Procurement Mandate and the Professionalisation of the Function
The need to rebuild, professionalise and license the procurement professional in South Africa. Developing effective mechanisms essential to drive professionalisation of procurement. A look at other professionals bodies and regional counterparts on major roles and responsibilities of a professional body. What is the current state of professionalisation in South Africa? Where are we going?


Abbey Tlalesti, Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Institute of Government Finance Audit and Risk Officers (CIGFARO)
Mpho Nxumalo, Chief Director: SCM Policy and Legal, Chair: Interim Supply Chain Management Council (ISCMC), National Treasury
Mollen Atieno, MCIPS, Membership Management, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), KENYA
Edward Phiri, Head of Procurement, Ministry of Home Affairs, Zambia
Adjenim Boateng Adjei, Chief Executive Officer, Public Procurement Authority, Ghana
Larissa Cornelius, Director, Association of Proposal Management Professionals, Black Business Council in the Built Environment


PRESENTATION | Fintech and blockchain as means to advance accountability and austerity in public procurement

Walter Bhengu, Senior Manager: Corporate Legal Services, Auditor-General of South Africa


PANEL DISCUSSION | Reducing the SMME Mortality Rate
Developing an effective exit strategy for SMMEs after a corporate ESD programme.

Moderator: Dionne Kerr, Chief Executive Officer, Siyakha Consulting

Panelists:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Bishen Morgan, Sustainability & Supplier Development Director ( Africa ), Anheuser-Busch InBev                                                                             Andrew Maren, Chief Executive Officer, ProfitShare Partners                                                                                                                                                                               Louise Paulsen, Project Manager Enterprise and Supplier Development, South Africa
Jacqulene Melenephy, Tourism Development Official, Office of the Municipal Manager, West Coast District Municipality




PRESENTATION | Contract Management
Dealing effectively with the 30% subcontracting dilemmas and fallout.

Bontle Pilane, Senior Associate, Fasken

PRESENTATION | Augmented Intelligence

Use of robotics, Augmented Intelligence (A.I.) and predictive analytics to improve operational efficiency and expand end-to-end visibility

Simon Thompson, Director, Asia Pacific, Acquire Procurement Services

PRESENTATION | Bid Intelligence
Making municipal bid committees work properly and dealing effectively with disclosures of interest.

Cheryl Reddy, Vice President Technical, Chartered Institute of Government Finance Audit and Risk Officers (CIGFARO)


PRESENTATION | New public audit act
Understanding the impact and ramifications of the NEW Public Audit Amendment Act


opportunity they present procurement. The role of procurement analytics and data interpretation in making organisations more competitive

Key insights from the global economy. How the world sees this affecting Sub-Saharan Africa Procurement’s role in influencing, rather than being affected by, these predictions

Ian George, International Procurement Transformation Lead, United Kingdom

PRESENTATION | Infrastructure Procurement

Developing Infrastructure maintenance strategies for Local Government (CIDB and others).

Lucky Leseane, Provincial Executive Officer: Gauteng Province, South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

Day 2 - WEDNESDAY, 18 september 2019


OPENING | Remarks from Master of Ceremonies

Africa Melane, Presenter, CapeTalk and Radio 702


Legislation that addresses the imbalances of the past isn’t enough. The value of strong ethical business practices in economic development and addressing imbalances of the past.

Anthony Duigan, Chairman, Initiatives of Change South Africa


INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY | Collaboration that engages the whole system
An analysis of Hong Kong’s biggest rail construction project and how the strict anti-corruption authorities in Hong Kong contributed to success

Dr John Carlisle, Macro and Micro Economic Research, Sheffield University, United Kingdom


PANEL DISCUSSION | People are Not the Best Assets to an Organisation, the Right People Are
Why having an adaptable and flexible talent pool can provide competitive edge.

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

Ronald Mlalazi (FCIPS), Managing Director, Commerce Edge SA
Lerato Sebata, Senior Category Manager: Marketing & Communications; and Intermediaries, Liberty Group, LLC
Shantell Mackay, General Manager: Supply Chain, Transnet Freight Rail
Sarina Viljoen, The Global Authority on Digital Transformation, Author of Pitfalls of Going Digital, South Africa


TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION ZONE | Autonomous Procurement
Increasing procurement digital literacy


  • Nkosinathi Nkwanyana, Marketing & Supply Chain, Graduate School of Business & Leadership University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Rukevwe Okpakovwodo, Head: Contract manufacturing procurement, Unilever
  • Manav Sachdeva, Managing Partner, PSA Group



PRESENTATION | Getting a Grip on Irregular Expenditure
Understanding the irregular expenditure framework. Condonation implications and practices. Implementing appropriate disciplinary processes.

Skhumbuzo Mgobhozi, Deputy Manager: Municipal Finance, Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs -KwaZulu Natal

PRESENTATION | Supplier Performance – Are You Guilty of Supplier Bullying?
How do you get suppliers to perform optimally while avoiding bullying tactics? What is the true cost to an organisation when squeezing suppliers?

Andrew Downard, Certified Deal Architect, University of Tennessee, Supply Chain Risk Management, Vested, Asia Pacific

PRESENTATION | Asset Management and Disposal
Solving four key challenges facing Asset Managers at local government level. 

Emmanuel Ngcobo, Board Member, Chartered Institute of Government Finance Audit and Risk Officers (CIGFARO)


CASE STUDY | Transforming SCM to becoming a service delivery enabler

Lessons from the organisational and Individual capacity development for public procurement project (GIZ Governance Support Programme).

Mark Kuipers, Team Leader: Technical Cooperation Programme to Promote Good Governance in South Africa, GOPA Worldwide Consultants GmbH

PRESENTATION | Business Intelligence The role of procurement analytics and data interpretation in making organisations more competitive

Ozias Ncube, Area Head: Management Systems, Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership

PRESENTATION | The 80/20 principles and 4 quadrant model Are these principles relevant in developing countries?

Kamogelo Mampane, (FCIPS) Chief Executive Officer- TK Global Experts, Executive Chairman- Supply Chain Council SA, Board Member- SAPICS


PRESENTATION | Key features of the Swiss Public Procurement System
How to conduct Public Procurement Audits, ensure value for money, competition and innovation

Franziska Spörri, Economist / Program Manager, Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, Macroeconomic Support Division, Switzerland ​ 

CASE STUDY | Automation vs Job Creation
Is it possible to automate and increase headcount at the same time?

Frederik Langenhoven, Visionary & Futurist, Cobots

PRESENTATION | Insight into SCM in a Municipal Environment What joint and several liability protections exist for SCM role players. Looking at PAJA and Whistleblowers.

Andrew Molver, Partner, Adams & Adams


PRESENTATION: Unpacking Administrative Justice (PAJA) for SCM Practitioners How far is a Supply Chain Manager protected in their working environment by legislation.


PRESENTATION | Harnessing Strategic Thinking
How do you practically get your team to think beyond cost savings and improve efficiencies? How can procurement support business strategy, revenue creation and customer choices (becoming client centric)?

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

CAMPFIRE SESSION | Positioning Local Economic Development (LED) to have an impact on societies
Creating enhanced capacity for LED through collaborative governance in South Africa.

Lucky Leseane, Provincial Executive Officer: Gauteng Province, South African Local Government Association (SALGA)




2019 STEERING COMMITTEE SYMPOSIUM | Conference outcomes Courage and Urgency: Walking the talk to reposition procurement as an independent and influential function with a constitutional mandate and outlining benefits to the economy.


  • Bernie Van Niekerk, Chief Executive Officer, Commerce Edge
  • Hugo du Rand (FCIPS), Head of Procurement, Afrimat
  • Shiraz Sarang (MCIPS), Chief Procurement Officer, Nedbank
  • Prof Marcus Ambe, Professor: Supply Chain Management, Department of Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain, Transport, Tourism & Logistics Management, UNISA


KEYNOTE | Inside SA’s Biggest Corporate Crash
Billions disappeared overnight, where did it go? 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 happened? What is Steinhoff? Who is Markus Jooste and how does he tie in with the “Stellenbosch Mafia”?

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


RESOLUTIONS | For Submission to Parliament
The industry will sign resolutions based on feedback and comments from attendees.