10 February 2010

“Box ticking” affirmative procurement does more harm than good

Over the last 15 years or so, the Government has tried various means to spread South Africa’s wealth more equitably among its people. Good progress appears to have been made, however, there is a growing move towards a complex political box-ticking ‘compliance’ approach to affirmative procurement and associated policies which may, in the long run, […]

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Challenges in the permanent recruitment procurement process

At the dawning of the next decade and as the recession in South Africa begins to gradually fade away, many organizations may tentatively consider appointing more staff. The recruitment market changed from a scarcity of skills on the open market in early 2008 into a relative glut during 2009, with many people sitting tight in

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Tackling uncontrolled maintenance, repair and operations expenditure

Maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) expenditure can incorporate a multitude of different commodities, depending on the organisation and industry. Normally such expenditure includes those commodities that are not direct material inputs to actual products, but are rather associated with ‘keeping organisations and machines running’. Unfortunately the category is often neglected due to its complexity, its

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Procurement Achievers: Aubrey Staples of Clover Industries SA

This month SmartProcurement profiles the achievements of Aubrey Staples, Procurement Manager at Clover Industries SA, who has been awarded MCIPS (Membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.) Aubrey is now entitled to use the coveted designatory letters MCIPS after his name. SmartProcurement congratulates Aubrey on his achievement and wishes him every success in

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Uncovering huge savings possibilities in operational procurement

There’s never been a more important time for procurement to identify and direct their organisations to realise potential cost savings effectively, both within current spending and also when assessing new ventures. One area of focus is the purchase to pay (PTP) arena. A key indicator of a world-class procurement organisation is the use of a

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Cost-cutting measures at the expense of strategic goals

How informed is your organisation about supply chain risks? Why should Procurement professionals only implement cost-cutting measures once they fully understand the ‘big picture’ aspects associated with supply chain risks? This is the third article in SmartProcurement’s World-Class Procurement Practice series, penned by Ronald Mlalazi (MCIPS), Commerce Edge Academy’s Edu cation Manager. This month’s article

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The Role of Strategic Procurement in Supplier Development

It is imperative that supplier development forms an integral part of a buying organisation’s strategic procurement role to ensure a continuous supply of cost effective products and services, Thapelo Petje, Independent Supply Chain Consultant, tells SmartProcurement. “In order to have an integrated supplier development strategy a buying organisation must have the following framework in place:

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A recession in review: a 2008 scenario came-true

“Scenarios, by definition, deal with uncertainty and they scope the extent of possible future fall-outs or windfalls,” says renown scenario planner Clem Sunter. “Possible fall-outs and windfalls” was what he presented to delegates at SmartProcurement’s 2nd SmartSourcing Conference.. However, weeks after the conference his scenarios became all to true when the global economic slow-down was

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