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The Smart Supplier Conference has grown into a premier entrepreneurship event on the annual South African Entrepreneur Calendar. Created to support and promote SMMEs and facilitate collaboration among multi-helix actors.


SMMEs in South Africa still struggle to access markets and get sustainable contracts. In this conference, senior buyers talk through the various processes that are essential to access their organisations (markets). This is where SMMEs meet sourcing, procurement, purchasing and buying professionals from government and the private sector, to learn more about their requirements and meet their needs. This conference aims to boost supplier performance, preparing corporate ready suppliers to be a #SMARTSUPPLIER.


09:00 Morning Registration
09:20 Opening and Welcome Address: Fanie Sithabela - Programme Director
09:30 Opening Address: Absa Enterprise Supplier Development: Building and strengthening sustainable grow the driven by a transformative culture and a commitment from procurement.
KeaObaka Mahuma, Head: Enterprise and Supply Chain Development (ESD) Financing, Absa Group Ltd
10:00 Master Presentation: Growing Sustainable EME's and QSE's and equipping them to do business using fit for purpose ESD models.
Thabo Makama, CEO, TWKB Talent Centric
10:30 Learning Presentation: Using legislation to your advantage and simplifying the process of doing business with government and Private Sector.
  • Where are the barriers to access Government and Private sector markets?
  • Is legislation constraining small businesses?
  • How is the Preferential Public Procurement Act: Regulations of 2017 enabling EME's and QSE's? (With increased emphasis by government for organisations to buy from emerging businesses, how should organisations both public and private practically roll out sustainable inclusive growth initiatives without being overwhelmed with compliance baggage?)
Nhlanhla Vilakazi, Director, SCM Clients Management, National Treasury
11:00 Knowledge Presentation: Contract Management for SMMEs: Running a business is hard work enough, especially now when small businesses are generally considered risk.One of fundamentals of keeping yourself in business is to effectively deliver on that contract.
  • So then how do you ensure that you are contract ready and what are the basic principle of contract management that you must be aware of?
  • Identifying Fraudulent Tenders and RFQs!
Kamogelo Mampane, Chief Executive Officer, TK Global Experts
11:30 Mid Morning Breakfast and Networking
12:00 Panel Discussion and Delegate Interaction: Discussion Focus - 5 ways of advancing your SMMEs for Growth
Facilitated by: Fanie Sithabela, CEO, Malvolaar Holdings
Panel Members:
  • KeaObaka Mahuma, Head: Enterprise and Supply Chain Development (ESD) Financing, Absa Group Ltd
  • Thabo Makama, CEO, TWKB Talent Centric
  • Leah Knott, MMC, Economic Development, City of Johannesburg
  • Zandile Pooe, Project Manager Innovation Skills Programme, Nunnovation Africa Foundation
  • Sanjay Premraj, Director, Procurement Africa, SAB - ABInbev Africa
13:00 Motivational Talk: 3 ways to kill your business vs 3 ways to build your business
Vusi Thembekwayo, South African Entrepreneur, Global Keynote speaker and Venture Capitalist
13:30 Lunch and Networking
14:30 SAB Masterclass: A resourceful and interactive learning-driven session for entrepreneurs and SMMEs, focusing on crafting a powerful personal brand

15:30 - 15:40 Closing Remarks by Program Director

16:30 Absa ESD Expo Opening and Cocktail Function.


SMME's / QSE's currently supplying and operating. SMME's are not limited to a particular product or service, however businesses that have been in operation for more than a year will benefit from attending this event.

  • Suppliers are provided with a practical and relevant overview as to how corporate companies build long term strategic supplier relationships.
  • Supplier will learn how to significantly increase their chances of competing successfully in the corporate supply chain
  • Awareness is given of the regulations around corporate supply chains
  • Helping SMME's and suppliers to develop a performance improvement culture within the supplying organisation.



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