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Smart Supplier Conference

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SMME Conference

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, which will take place alongside the Indaba. 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.

SMME Conference Programme

Tuesday,  13 September 2022

10h00

Arrival and registration

11h50

Chair’s Opening Remarks

12h00

WELCOME ADDRESS

Kgalaletso Tlhoaele, Head: Enterprise Development, Absa Group

12h15

PANEL DISCUSSION | What’s Important to Buyers Now: Procurement Charting a Path Forward

From new approaches to remote work to evolving supply chain strategies to shifting customer communications – has what procurement is looking for changed? How the last 2 years have impacted procurement’s buying needs and requirements. What opportunities exist and what do suppliers need to know?

Moderator: Izane Cloete-Hamilton, Chief Inspiration Officer, nFold

Panelists:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Simon Badugela, Director Strategic Sourcing – Europe Middle East & Africa, Honeywell                                                                                     Michal Pillay, Head: Supplier Diversity, Absa Group                                                                                                                                                                                              Larisha Naidoo, Head of Anglo American Zimele, Anglo American

13h15

What’s Important to Small Business Owners Now: Adjusting on the Fly – Agility and Speed

Speed and agility move hand in hand. Small business owners need to move fast to stay on top of changing circumstances and ready themselves for the next change. To roll out changes and meet customer demands, they need their technology to work as fast as they do.

How do you take ownership of your moves?

Sibusiso Msomi, Managing Director, Daata Enablement

13h45

What’s Important to Small Business Owners Now: Negotiating Like a Ninja

Mark Raffan, President, Negotiations Ninja, Canada

14h15 | MID-MORNING REFRESHMENTS AND NETWORKING
15h00

PANEL DISCUSSION | Confessions of a Smart Supplier

Across the continent, small businesses are getting back up and running to the best that regulations will allow. No matter how they’ve been affected by the pandemic and varying degrees of lockdown, all small businesses are reimagining almost every part of their operations, from top to bottom and end to end.

What are the lessons learned and what is the way forward?

Moderator: Elmarie Goosen, Founder, Clinic With Purpose

Panelists:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tyy Ford, Head of Growth, Aktiv60                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oratilwe Nameng, Founder and Managing Director, Mesora Day Spa                                                                                                                                      Nelisa Jojo, Business Coach & Trainer, Jojo Accountants & Training

16h00 | CLOSE OF SMART SUPPLIER CONFERENCE AND LUNCH