Enterprise Development

Gauteng uplifting SMMEs through procurement

 

MEC_BarbaraCreecy_SPW.jpgRecent studies by Stats SA indicate that the face of poverty in South Africa remains black, female and that of children below the age of 17. Furthermore, more than one in every two SA citizens can be officially classified as poor, said Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy at the Smart Procurement World conference in Johannesburg.

“[Stats SA’s] Poverty Trends Report shows that by 2015, approximately 33% of Gauteng’s citizens were living in poverty. Although this is lower than most of the country, it is not a cause for celebration. One in three Gautengers go to bed without a meal. The situation was further worsened by the province losing 146 000 jobs during the last financial quarter,” said MEC Creecy.

The most direct and effective route to address these socio-economic challenges is a programme of transformation, modernisation and re-industrialisation. Gauteng’s provincial government is currently implementing such a programme in partnership with the private sector, organised labour and civil society, said MEC Creecy.

Small suppliers for big impact: optimising your supply chain in a turbulent economy

 

StuartTownshend.jpgIn our third consecutive quarter of negative growth, it’s becoming all too clear that South Africa is well and truly facing some tough economic times ahead, and businesses are already beginning to suffer.

According to Statistics South Africa, weak manufacturing and trade sectors led the recession, with falls of 3.7% and 5.9% respectively in the period of Q4 2016 and Q1 2017. More worrying is that over the last quarter, the tertiary sector (comprising government, trade, transport, personal services and finance) recorded its first quarter of decline since 2009.

Times are tough and money is tight. And while it can be tempting to put your big plans on hold until the worst has passed, you might be missing a golden opportunity to recession-proof your business by shaking things up in your supply chain and adding more SME suppliers to your database, says Stuart Townshend, Edge Growth Director, in this month’s SmartProcurement.

Set suppliers up for success and mitigate preferential procurement risks

 

Even if organisations are not doing business with organs of state, they may well form part of the supply chain of organisations to which the PPPFA directly applies. Therefore, they need to be aware of its scope and provisions.

Corporate businesses are actively seeking and supporting black-owned and black woman-owned Exempted Micro Enterprises (EMEs) and Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs) as suppliers to meet the stringent Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) regulations.

If successfully implemented, this approach could stimulate the desired growth and economic transformation as the B-BBEE Act intended from the start, by providing greater opportunities for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), particularly those owned by historically disadvantaged South Africans (HDSAs).

“However, while this is positive, merely complying with the PPPFA is not going to guarantee the success of SMMEs: there are factors outside the control of regulations and policies that need out-of-the-box solution,” Terence Gregory, CEO of Ecsponent Limited, told SmartProcurement.

How can procurement prepare SMEs to engage with corporates?

 

ElmarieGoosen-HS.jpg“They won’t even talk to me, now” David said with a sigh, and to punctuate his mood, spread his hands on the desk in front of him in resignation.

David is a small supplier that was selected to participate in a corporate enterprise supplier development (ESD) programme. Following the completion of the 12-month contract, he was replaced by a subsequent beneficiary of the programme. David has been trying to secure a further contract with the organisation (and with other organisations), but has no idea how to engage with his prospective clients, subsequent to the ESD initiative.

It is a situation familiar to Elmarie Goosen, owner and founder of On Purpose, an organisation that provides training to SMEs to complement supplier development programmes – to prepare SMEs to engage with corporate procurement. She unpacks what procurement can do to help SMEs, in this month’s SmartProcurement.

Supplier transformation initiative in engineering and manufacturing to be introduced

 

manufacturing_engineering_support.jpgA transformation initiative for small businesses in engineering and manufacturing, the Empowered Engineering and Manufacturing Initiative (EEMI), will be launched in September.

The initiative is a collaboration between Smart Procurement World, the Absa Enterprise and Supplier Development Expo and the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA).

The initiative is positioned as a platform for industry players to share opportunities and challenges for small and medium empowered organisations, and drive enterprise and supplier development (ESD) partnerships (funding, training, mentoring and support) and other important focus areas in this sector.

BEE: look beyond regulation to be effective in supply chain

 

Parliament.jpgBlack Economic Empowerment (BEE) is one of the most highly regulated aspects of the South African business landscape today. The most recent changes to the regulations have both large corporate businesses and smaller businesses returning to the scorecard drawing board. Louis Coetzee - General Manager of the Ecsponent Development Fund (part of JSE-listed African financial services company Ecsponent Limited) - told SmartProcurement that this has contributed to inhibiting economic growth, and the stunting of competitiveness in the industry.

Procurement inefficiencies uphold poor intra-Africa trade

 

LindiweZulu.jpgThe impact of ineffective procurement in Africa has been estimated at US$31,5-billion - US$24,9-billion for sub-Saharan Africa alone - in terms of value leakage – by auditor KPMG.

The inefficiencies are caused by procurement organisations struggling with basic issues around delivering value, such as low use of technology, inadequate skills and non-compliance with procurement policies.

“It is difficult to separate this ineffective procurement from Africa’s trade - they are two intricately linked aspects, which link directly to intra-trade on the continent”, said Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu, at Smart Procurement World Western Cape. Minister Zulu added that, “intra-trade accounts for only 10 - 12% of the continent’s trade, in comparison with high levels of inter-regional trade recorded in Europe (60%) and in Asia (40%)”.

Buy local or face audit findings!

 

RobDavies_ProudlySA.jpgUnder the World Trade Organisation’s agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures, The South African government cannot prescribe to the business sector that they must follow localisation (75% local content in purchases) in the same way it prescribes to public entities.

“We don’t have that ability, and are challenged internationally [if the topic of localisation is broached with international organisations],” said Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies.

However, some business organisations have embraced the spirit under which the Economic Development Department (EDD) negotiated the local content designations, to drive economic development in the country.

Minister Davies shared some of these corporate-level local procurement stories at Proudly SA’s Buy Local Summit, in early April.

Short-term SCM investment for long-term savings

IanNeilson.jpgThe City of Cape Town has leveraged its supply chain management policy to grow its economy, procure sustainably and create jobs. And save money, of course.

Opening the Smart Procurement World Western Cape Conference, the city’s Executive Deputy Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson gave delegates an insight into the City’s supply chain efforts to create employment for Cape Town’s people, promote resource efficiency, reduce negative environmental effects, and promote the competitiveness of local businesses.

What should CFOs expect from CPOs?

 

ProcProcurement.jpgThe clue to the answer may appear to be contained in the job title. The narrow, traditional view of a chief procurement officer (CPO) is that they organise the buying of stuff – even if it is not stuff at all, but services – in a timely, efficient, and cost effective manner. The problem with this view is that it is wrong.

Expense reconciliation: tips to improve your process

 

HelpfulTips.jpgIs the financial year-end getting the better of you? Are suppliers unco-operative? Are you late with their payments? Are you over budget and struggling to balance the books?

If any of the above scenarios apply to you, take heart in knowing that you’re not alone.

Balancing inconsistent supply chain management practices with increasing costs and pressures to reduce those costs, as well as heightened compliance around invoicing are just some of the headaches procurement managers face daily, Pascalle Albrecht, National Travel and Procurement Manager at Nedbank, tells SmartProcurement.

Tips for influencing your EXCO's ESD strategies

 

Amina.jpgAs an executive in transformation or enterprise and supplier development (ESD), you may have been, or may currently be, in the position of not knowing what to ask for when approaching your executive committee (Exco) or decision-making entity to secure adequate budget for ESD.

While Exco generally understands that there is a need to expend their required percentage of NPAT to achieve compliance, there is little guidance on how this budget should be allocated to yield not only compliance benefits, but financial efficiency and community impact. The Exco, usually dominated by CEO and CFO profiles, often look for the most cost effective solution and are driven by compliance – not making the connection of how this can potentially play a role in driving the organisation’s business objectives, writes Amina Patterson, Head of Business Development at Edge Growth, in this month’s SmartProcurement.

What to do in your first 90 days leading a procurement division

 

Sanet.jpgChanging jobs or even organisations can be daunting. Managing the change is a strategic process requiring a strong sense of visionary leadership, a clear picture of the objective and reasons and a strong process of communication and involvement.

Sanet Shepperson, a Procurement Executive at Cell C, provides a ‘play book’ on how to walk in, take the reins and lead a procurement department.

9 tips to keep your procurement career on track


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Many people think about their career goals only when they start looking for a new job, or at their annual appraisal, but ongoing career planning and management is vital for any procurement professional.

Nicky Taberner, Director at Hays Procurement & Supply Chain, gives her top tips for keeping your procurement career on track.

Do current ESD practices work?


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The Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) element of the revised BBBEE Codes has made it clear that providing only financial and non-financial support to small suppliers and SMMEs is no longer sufficient.

Considering the imperative that the ESD element places on strategically engaging with suppliers, Christa Bonnet, founding member and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Difference Makers, has found a worrying level of ‘missing’ knowledge among organisations and BEE specialists alike.

SA must partner with China to drive ESD through industry

 

Publiclecture1.jpgChina is an economic partner that can drive enterprise and supplier development (ESD) in South Africa and the rest of the continent.

A significant export, trade and development partner to Africa, China brings, particularly to South Africa, a host of industrial innovations, which if adapted for the local environment can help with various productivity and performance improvements, plus competitive advantage in the public and business sectors, said Prof Douglas Boateng, CEO of PanAvest International & Partners, at a public lecture in October.


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