Leadership Profile: Sandile Ngcobo



This month SmartProcurement profiles Sandile Ngcobo, from eThekwini Municipality.

Full name: Sandile Ngcobo

Position: Deputy Head: Supply Chain Operations

Your organisation's procurement expenditure: ± R14-billion a year

Who does P & SM report to: Deputy City Manager: Finance




Private sector or Public sector: Public sector

Core business activity of the enterprise: Service delivery as per mandate of local government

Number of people in your P & SM organisation: ± 220

Management motto: Be transparent and accountable; and commitment to honesty, integrity and fairness

Personal motto: Lead without a title…never stop dreaming and wake up every day to chase them

Membership of professional bodies: SAPICS; CIPS

What is your vision for P & SM: The undisputed centre of excellence

Personal best achievement: Awarded MCIPS and also winning IPS best project in public sector in collaboration with Commerce Edge

Most important commodities: Fuel, material supply for roads infrastructure and fleet management

The person that has had the biggest influence on your life: My grandmother…my pillar of strength

The person that has had the biggest influence on your career: Annette Jansen, former national procurement manager, SARS. She gave me a chance to run two regions on behalf of SARS at a very young age. And Mr Mike Anwana, bement expatriate guru from shell.

Person you would most like to meet: It would have been the late President Nelson Mandela

What do you like most about your job: Every day is different and requires your presence all the time. It is about people I work with and engage with on a daily bases.

Is there anything you dislike about your job: It’s political interference. This includes political parties using our profession to settle scores and the media sensationalism

Businessperson who has impressed you most: Mr. Mlu Manci…humble man from my township

Favourite quote: “When you wake up every day you have two choices; either you go back to sleep and continue dreaming or wake up to chase those dreams”

Your favourite South African organisation: MTN

Your favourite global organisation: Coca-Cola

Your philosophy about life: Nothing is impossible to achieve if you apply your mind, commitment and  efforts to it, practice makes perfect. What matters is not how many times you fall but how many times you are able to stand up.

Favourite reading: Habits of highly effective people, by Stephen R Covey

Favourite music: Classic and R&B

Favourite sport: Soccer; swimming and tennis

Favourite website: www.cips.org

Hobbies: Training at gym…running

Car: Jaguar XF

Married: Engaged to a beautiful, loving and caring women

Children: 4 kids (two boys and two girls)


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