Leadership Profile: Henry Malinga of National Treasury


This month Smart Procurement
profiles the leader of Supply Chain Policy in Government,
Henry Malinga.

Full Name:
Henry McNell Luvuyo Malinga,
Chief Director, Supply Chain Policy, Specialist functions, Department of National Treasury
Private sector OR Public sector:
Public sector
Core business activity of the enterprise:
Setting and revising Government Supply Chain Policy and regulations

Number of people in your P & SM Organization:
We are the Government SCM Policy body with 30 people in Head Office

Your organization’s procurement spend:
We are a Policy and Regulatory Body regarding Government Procurement spend.

Management motto:
“Keep the structure flat and get the job done”

Membership of professional bodies:
Institute of Purchasing and Supply SA (IPSA) and The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)

What is your vision for P&SM:
In the first place to ensure there is a carder for SCM in Government. Secondly, to ensure that SCM and Procurement finds its rightful place in the structure of organizations and doesn’t get parented by accounting or finance. Thirdly, Government is about spending money efficiently and I would like to introduce a model where Procurement can bank and re-direct the savings. Finally, my passion is skills development throughout continental Africa and elsewhere in the world where it is required. Accordingly I involve myself right here in this department (where we have 8 interns in service) and also on the continental and international levels. I was privileged to be invited by the World Bank, which holds it’s Fiduciary every two years, to present over two hundred staff with financial training over three days. It was challenging with interpreters necessary in French, Portuguese and Spanish.  It was also extremely rewarding and, my involvement in development has taken me to many parts of the world and through-out Africa.

Personal best achievement:
To have managed the reform of new SCM Policy for Government on 10 September 2003.

The person that has had the biggest influence on your life:
Without hesitation my father who as parent to 11 children ensured we all got through tertiary education and were imbued with the Christian ethic which has carried me through life

The person that has had the biggest influence on your career:
Mr. Damon Donnald, the Executive Audit Manager of the Gold Division of Anglo American who steered my career from auditing into the wonderful world of procurement, materials management and presently, Government SCM

Person you would most like to meet:
Stephen Covey, the motivational and personal life-style guru

Businessperson who has impressed you most:
Clem Sunter, the ingenious future scenario planner at Anglo American
Your Favorite South African Organization:
Anglo American

Your Favorite Global Organization:
I do have one, an IT company, whose name I would rather not disclose

Your philosophy about life:
“Live life to the fullest”

Favorite reading:
Business related non-fiction

Favorite music:

Favorite sport:

Favorite website:
Tinkering and restoring old cars for re-sale or pleasure
The family dogs
Marital status:
Married to Zodwa for the past 22 years
Two wonderful boys, Vuyani (21) and Vuyisile (13)

Henry Malinga will speaking at the upcoming SmartSourcing Conference in October on how Strategic Sourcing is transforming the way in which Government extracts value for the public.

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