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Integrating procurement systems is required to achieve real economic transformation

 

SizaMthethwa.jpgDevelopments within government such as the creation of the ministry of economic development and, more recently, the ministry of SMEs indicate that the public procurement system also needs to evolve to remain a relevant and proactive tool to drive sustainable economic development, said Adv. Siza Mthethwa, General Manager: KZN Supply Chain Management, KZN Provincial Government.

Addressing procurement & supply chain officials at the KZN Smart Procurement conference, Mthethwa said the public sector needs to change the mind set of procurement officials and how procurement is done.

Port Elizabeth ED office signs supply agreements with Eastern Cape entities

 

Thumbnail image for KeaobakaMahuma.jpgAn Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) in Port Elizabeth has signed Memorandums of Understanding with Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Joe Gqabi Municipality, East London Industrial Development Zone and the George and Knysna municipalities to provide funding and business development support to SME suppliers that work with these entities.

Through the initiative, Absa, which has opened seven other EDCs around the country, aims to assist thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Eastern Cape, says KeaObaka Mahuma, Head of Enterprise and Supply Chain Development at Absa.

Updated 'Supply Chain Management Compendium' endorsed by SOEPF and CIPS

 

DouglasBoateng_515x800.JPGThe State Owned Enterprise Procurement Forum (SOEPF) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) have endorsed the second edition of the much-anticipated Compendium of Supply Chain Management Terms. Containing thousands of supply chain management terminologies, Professor Douglas Boateng’s Compendium provides an all-inclusive compilation of procurement and other aspects of supply chain management related information.

“SOEPF seeks to share best practices related to procurement and supply chain management – Prof. Boateng’s Compendium offers our members a useful tool through which such practices can be shared,” commented SOEPF Chairman Dennis Mlambo.

Procurement breaches in security upgrades to Nkandla

nkandla_homestead.jpgAn investigation into whether proper procurement procedures had been followed to upgrade security arrangements at President Jabob Zuma’s residence, Nkandla, found the supply chain management policy of the Department of Public Works was not fully complied with, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said in a press statement.

Shocking trade deficit reminds us why local content has been designated in certain industries

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A deficit of R21.2-billion was recorded on South Africa’s trade account in October‚ following a R13.8-billion deficit in September‚ according to SARS trade figures released in November.

The deficit, at its worst level in several years, reminds us why the public sector took the decision to increase the utilisation of local content in manufactured products for certain industries.

CIPS Study Centre Commerce Edge Academy launches SCM faculty at The Da Vinci Institute

CEA_DaVinci_CIPSagreement.JPGThe collaboration will make it possible for students of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) studying through its international study centre Commerce Edge Academy, to further their qualification with a B.Com through The Da Vinci Institute.

April PMI declines as demand begins to ease

PMI decline.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) fell for the second consecutive month, declining by 1.4 index points to reach 53.7 in April 2012.

There are indications that the Index could moderate even further, says Abdul Davids, Head of Research at Kagiso Asset Management.

Pharmaceutical products designated for local procurement

Pharmaceutical_supply.jpgCertain pharmaceutical products have been selected for domestic production in the latest designations under the amended Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA).

A list of more than 70 potential pharmaceutical products is being finalised.

State runs out of AIDS drugs: Demand or Supply Chain issue?

A shortage of an essential AIDS drugs in the last week of March has revealed shortcomings in the Department of Health’s medicines supply chain management, casting the spotlight on one of the many service delivery problems the pilot sites for National Health Insurance will have to address, BusinessDay reported.

Distribution and logistics' Q4 employment up

Help wanted.jpgDistribution and logistics are among the sectors of the economy that employed more people during the last quarter of 2011 compared with Q3.

PMI continues recovery - manufacturing likely to add to Q4 GDP growth

PMI August.jpgThe Kagiso PMI picked up some momentum in November, rising by 1.1 index points to 51.6.

November was the fourth consecutive month of gains for the PMI, but the index remains below the level of 54.2 reached before the widespread factory sector strikes in July.

Developing ethics and integrity in procurement

CIPS SOEPF.jpgThe State-Owned Enterprise Procurement Forum (SOEPF) and the Chartered Institute or Purchasing and Supply Southern Africa (CIPS SA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further professionalise the Procurement and Supply Chain profession, and uphold a policy of ethics with honesty and integrity.

Community projects - the logistics of growing the future today

Officially opening of the Volition Habitat home Oct 2011.jpgThe realisation by two Supply Chain and Operations Management organisations that the challenges they face in their profession are not all that different from those faced by South Africa’s disadvantaged on a daily basis inspired them to build 34 houses in a township community.

September PMI climbs above 50-index points

Analysis.jpgThe seasonally adjusted Kagiso purchasing managers index (PMI) recorded a second consecutive monthly increase during September, gaining four points to move back above the key 50-index point mark to 50.7, the Kagiso website reports.

2010 strike action costs insurer more than R100m

Strike action.jpgBusiness Day reports that strike-related insurance claims worth more than R100-million were lodged with the state-owned special risks insurance company Sasria in 2010.

Sasria is South Africa’s only insurer for special risks such as riots, strikes, political and public unrest, civil commotion and labour disturbances.

Competence development reigns supreme at procurement awards

Meshern Govender SDB CIPS Awards.jpgStandard Bank was awarded the ‘Best People Development Initiative’ at the CIPS Pan African Procurement Awards last week at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg.

IMPERIAL Logistics acquires Commerce Edge - bolsters procurement training capabilities

Commerce Edge Volition.jpgSmartProcurement’s parent company Commerce Edge, a leading procurement training company, has sold a majority share to Supply chain specialist and member company of IMPERIAL Logistics, Volition.

Interim Chief Procurement Officer appointed at troubled State Owned Enterprise

Ashney Chetty.jpgState-owned Broadband Infraco has appointed an interim Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) while the network infrastructure organisation realigns itself after an internal audit revealed serious flaws in its business practices, CEO Dr. Andrew Shaw told SmartProcurement.

Ashney Chetty has been acting as CPO since April 18 and will overhaul the SOE's procurement practices, among which is ensuring Infraco complies with the regulations of the PFMA.


 

 

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