“Really learnt a lot from the speakers”.
Smart Supplier 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
Arrival and registration
Chair’s Opening Remarks
Kgalaletso Tlhoaele, Head: Enterprise Development, Absa Group
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
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
What’s Important to Small Business Owners Now: Negotiating Like a Ninja
Mark Raffan, President, Negotiations Ninja, Canada
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