Case study: an SMME's schooling in procurement's importance

| 0 Comments

 

ProcurementImportance.png“Seven months ago, ‘procurement’ was just a word - now it’s more important to me than ever,” admits Itumeleng PhakeTumi – the owner of start-up business, the Zenzele Fitness Group, in this month's SmartProcurement.


Explaining his newfound appreciation for tapping into the right supplier networks and the importance of Zenzele’s positioning in terms of B-BBEE scorecards, he notes that “because of the type of business I’m in, and how it fits into the SA structure, the economy and its regulations, I’ve had to really start understanding – and fully appreciating – what procurement means.”


In early 2014, Tumi encountered social investment and business incubator The Awethu Project, and formed a relationship that would enable him to launch Zenzele.


Working closely with a dedicated full-time Awethu Ventures Manager, Ben Gaston, Tumi supplemented his extensive banking experience with a steep learning curve in the world of start-up operations: a crash course in day-to-day sales, business development and general management.


“It’s exciting being in this new space – figuring out how to partner and position Zenzele in the market place. I know that I have something to offer South Africa and must do everything I can to make it happen,” comments Tumi.


Working with the Awethu Project has helped Tumi to find what he calls his entrepreneurial ‘home’. “I’m surrounded by smart, dynamic and forward-thinking people. It’s my home-from-home.”


And the enthusiasm is mutual. “Tumi’s passion for the wellness industry and dedication to providing best-in-class service and facilities has already paid dividends,” says Gaston. “Through our partners we’ve gotten some huge opportunities to begin operating corporate gyms and we’ve seen great feedback so far from our clients and partners. This momentum, coupled with Tumi’s talent will soon see him becoming an expert service provider in this field.”


Tumi intends to use his partnership with the Awethu Project, which already has almost 30 active ventures across a multitude of sectors, to differentiate himself as a preferred supplier. Zenzele is already pitching for a wellness facility that requires servicing from start to finish.


Awethu is a black and youth-owned business incubator that has quickly established itself as one of the largest incubators on the continent. Supported by the National Treasury's Jobs Fund and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa), Awethu is currently working with over 25 young and ambitious entrepreneurs, providing them with on-the-job entrepreneurial training and practical mentorship.


Email the Awethu Project on info@awethuproject.co.za.

 

Leave a comment


 

 

Career opportunites

Tutor and Coordinator

  • Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Permanent Procurement Management Supplier / Business Development
Purpose of the job: To plan, coach, advise

Commodity Manager

  • <500 000 Commodities Gauteng Procurement Management
Are you a Commodity Manager looking for the

Supply Chain Professional

  • <500 000 Gauteng Procurement Management Supply Chain
I specialize in placing professionals in the Supply

Supply Planning

  • <500 000 Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Supply Chain
Seeking dynamic candidates to take to the market

Industrial Engineer

  • <500 000 Gauteng Industrial Engineer Procurement Consultant
Are you an Industrial Engineer looking to make

Logistics Manager

  • >500 000 Gauteng Logistics & Warehousing Supply Chain
Seeking vibrant industry specific individuals seeking new opportunities

Operations Manager

  • <500 000 Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Procurement Management
Looking for an Operations Manager to take into

Supply Chain Systems Administrator

  • >500 000 Gauteng Procurement Management Strategic Sourcing Supply Chain
One of South Africa's leading, mining companies is

Logistics Manager

  • <500 000 Gauteng Logistics & Warehousing Procurement Management
Are you an experienced Logistics Manager looking for

Continuous Improvement Manager

  • >500 000 Gauteng Procurement Management Supply Chain
I specialize in placing professionals in the Supply

Warehouse Assistant

  • <500 000 Gauteng Logistics & Warehousing Operations, Planning & Inventory
I am currently looking for ambitious Demand Planner,

Internal Procurement Officer

  • <500 000 Gauteng Permanent Procurement Officer / Specialist Strategic Sourcing
Position Available: Internal Procurement Officer Status : New ...More

Supply Chain Officer

  • <500 000 Gauteng Procurement Officer / Specialist Supply Chain
Seeking dynamic candidates to take to the market

Supply Chain Planner

  • <500 000 Free State Operations, Planning & Inventory Supply Chain
Seeking dynamic candidates to take to the market

Senior Buyer

  • >500 000 Buyer Gauteng Procurement Management
Tech-Pro specialises in placing professionals in the Supply

Industrial Engineer

  • <500 000 Gauteng Industrial Engineer
Tech-Pro specialises in placing professionals in the Supply

Warehouse Manager

  • >500 000 Gauteng Logistics & Warehousing Operations, Planning & Inventory Supply Chain
Seeking hands on individuals that come from an

Manufacturing Purchasing Specialist

  • >500 000 Procurement Officer / Specialist Supply Chain Western Cape
A leading auto manufacture company based in Cape

Procurement Sourcing Specialist

  • <500 000 Gauteng Procurement Consultant Strategic Sourcing
A Leader in the Supply Chain industry is

Planning Manager

  • >500 000 Gauteng Operations, Planning & Inventory Procurement Management
Looking for Planning Managers to take into the