The  Absa Smart Supplier Conference has always been a premier event co-located at Smart Procurement World. Post pandemic, the event is still part of the Smart Procurement World event, but will take place online alongside it. The event prepares suppliers to be ready for business by giving them technical support while creating access to the market through buyer-meet-seller platforms.

SMMEs in South Africa still struggle to access markets and get sustainable contracts. At this conference, senior buyers talk through the various processes that are essential to access their markets. This conference aims to boost supplier performance, preparing corporate ready suppliers to be a #SMARTSUPPLIER.


OPENING KEYNOTE | How South African SMEs Can Survive and Thrive in the Current Environment

A survey conducted by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has revealed that 42.2% of the country’s businesses have indicated that they have run out of financial resources to continue operating in the current environment. This means that 7.5 million small businesses are in danger of closing down owing to coronavirus.

Here’s how the public and private sector can provide the right support to enable SME growth in South Africa, now and beyond the crisis.

Kgalaletso Tlhoaele

Kgalaletso Tlhoaele
Head: Enterprise Development, Absa

PRESENTATION | I think my business is losing money, how can I find out what is going on?

A look at your business processes to avoid spectacular failures

Nyasha Madavo

Nyasha Madavo
CEO, Sapientis Advisory

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION | The Pillars of Procurement for Small Businesses

  • What should small businesses understand about contract management in a pandemic situation?
  • What basic procurement principles should small businesses grasp in order to be contract ready and become supplier ready?
Lungile Mabece

Lungile Mabece
Managing Director, Bulumko Corporate Law Advisers & Consultants

PANEL DISCUSSION | Knowing Your Financial Super Powers – Is it all about the money?

The panel discusses solutions to the top financial challenges faced by small businesses.

  • Lack of financial knowledge
  • How to become fundable
  • How to maintaining profitability
  • How to increasing revenue
  • How to manage cash flow


Precious Mvulane

Precious Mvulane CA (SA)
Author, Helps SMMEs to increase cash flow by at least 25% within 90 days through Assured CashFlow System

Thabo Pitse

Dr. Thabo Pitse
Business Practitioner, SMME Coach & Academia, University of the Free State

Luvuyo Manyi

Luvuyo Manyi
Vice President, Youth Economic Allience

Diane Boorman 2021

Diane Boorman
Business Enabler and Growth Accelerator, Brand Analytics

Atul Padalkar


Atul Padalkar
Managing Director, Bizfarm Incubator

PRESENTATION | How to Take Advantage of Technology to Reach New Customers

How can you use technology to improve your marketing offering?

Sibusiso Msomi

Sibusiso Msomi
Managing Director, The Sales Enablement Company

Keynote Address | Digital Marketing – So Many Options, So Many Offers!

Where and how do I know where to start?

Brad Watridge

Bradley Watridge
Creative Director, Hot Mustard

How to do Business with Absa – followed by Meetings in the Lounge

Michal Pillay (2)

Michal Pillay