Leadership Profile: Marietjie Matthee of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

This month SmartProcurement profiles Marietjie Matthee from the CSIR.

Full name: Marietjie Matthee.

Position: CSIR Strategic Procurement Manager.

Your organisations’ procurement spend: ± R900 million.

Who does P & SM report to: Executive Director: Services.

Private sector or Public sector: Public Sector.

Core business activity of the enterprise: Research and Development.

Number of people in your P & SM organisation: 12 + support from other departments, as well as many decentralised buyers in the organisation.

Management motto: “Nothing is impossible if you believe!”

Membership of professional bodies: The Institute of Purchasing and Supply South Africa (IPSA), State Owned Enterprises Procurement Forum (SOEPF), and Purchasing Consortium Southern Africa (PURCO).

What is your vision for P & SM: Strategic sourcing should become indispensable to all organisations.

Personal best achievement: Establishing the Strategic Procurement Unit of the CSIR from a two-person IT Procurement office to what it is today.

Most important commodities: Everything you can think of that is needed in a multi-cultural, diverse organisation that does research and development in the Defense, Bio-science, Build, Natural Resources, Manufacturing, Laser Technology environments, etc.

The person that has had the biggest influence on your life: My family and more specifically my dad.

The person that has had the biggest influence on your career: Bets Visser, my Department Head when I started as a teacher in 1985 at Lydenburg Secondary School. Also Raynold Zondo, the Executive Director of Services at the CSIR that is my current manager.

Person you would most like to meet: The man who is going to marry my daughter…


Businessperson who has impressed you most: Michael Dell.

Your favourite South African organisation: Nando’s.

Your favourite global organisation: The Coca Cola Company.

Your philosophy about life: Your life is a report to God – write it in such a way that you will not be ashamed.

Favourite reading: James Dobson, Karen Kingsbury and John Maxwell.

Favourite music: Light contemporary music, classics and gospel.

Favourite sport: As a spectator, cricket; as a participant, hiking and walking.

Favourite website: News24.

Hobbies: Reading, outdoor living – 4×4 trips, Kalahari visits, etc.

Car: Volvo.

Married: To Karel for 12 years.

Children: Meraki (little miracle) – 10 years.

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