2 March 2011

SA public procurement – poor value for money

Taxpayers are simply not getting value for money from South Africa’s public procurement services – that’s in over 250 municipalities, 9 provincial governments and over 40 central government departments, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in his budget speech last week. He said that the government is losing billions of Rands through maladministration and inefficient purchasing. […]

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Master data management crucial for commodity management

The implementation of proper Master Data Management (MDM) enables organisations to not only improve their reporting capabilities, but also realise savings through true commodity management, Johan de Jager, Senior Procurement Specialist at Volition Consulting Services, tells SmartProcurement. Procurement professionals the world over realise more often than not when kicking off a sourcing initiative, that the

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Procurement achievers – On the road to becoming SCM professionals

Commerce Edge Academy (CEA), a registered study centre for the internationally recognised CIPS qualification, is pleased to congratulate students on their achievements during the November CIPS Examiniations. CEA has been assisting students  from various business sectors such as IT, Telecomms, Manufacturing and Financial Services to combine after hours studies with their daily occupations. The bulk

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Lowering costs – SCM’s business strategy

Lowering procurement cost through targeting inventory more efficiently is high on the procurement agenda for 2011, reports the 2011 Supply Chain Foresight Survey (SCF Survey). “Cost reduction is never far away,” Cathrin Heath, MD of procurement information solutions provider Ezee-Dex told SmartProcurement, “it compliments organisations’ core efforts to align their supply chains with business strategy.” Ezee-Dex

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Volume leveraging can lessen anticipated Gauteng highway toll food price increases

Despite government’s suspension of gazetted tolls for Gauteng’s highways, their implementation on June 23 will have an inflationary effect on food in Gauteng, Gordon Henry, General Manager of the Catervest Buying Group tells SmartProcurement.

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Red flags that your suppliers may be facing difficult times

The recession has made it clear that organisations of all sizes in all geographies face the possibility of going out of business, which would have a ripple effect both upstream and downstream. In a perfect world, relationships with suppliers would be truly collaborative, with the supplier communicating well in advance of failure or disruption. But

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Logistics – lean, green supply chains

As South Africa focuses more intently on issues of sustainability, supply chains hold substantial potential to contribute to the country achieving ‘Vision 2025’, which aims to improve SA’s energy mix by having 30% of clean energy by 2025. One global logistics organisation that is successfully integrating sustainability practices throughout the supply chain is IMPERIAL Logistics, Abrie

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Supply chain survey demonstrates roots of SA’s infrastructure challenges

South Africa’s gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) – a reliable indicator of investment in logistics infrastructure – as a percentage of GDP decreased from an average of 25% in 1970-1989 to 16% in 1990-2008, which highlights the economic roots of South Africa’s long-term infrastructure challenges, the Supply Chain Foresight Survey 2011 reported at its results

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Government’s Green Paper – data management implications

The Department of Environmental Affairs has released the much anticipated and long delayed National Climate Change Response Green Paper (the Green Paper). Global Carbon Exchange’s Kevin James provides SmartProcurement with the points pertinent to you and your business. Annual mandatory submission of greenhouse gas emission data: To the National Atmospheric Emission Inventory by “significant emitters”

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