This month Smart Procurement profiles the dynamic leader of MTN – GM Procurement: Thapelo Petje

Full Name: Thapelo Petje
Position: GM Procurement, MTN (Pty) Ltd
Qualifications:  B.Com (SA); Hons B.Com (UP); M.Com (UP) & SEP (Wits/Harvard)
Private sector OR Public sector: Private sector
Core business activity of the enterprise: MTN – Mobile Telecomm Co.
Number of people in your P & SM Organisation: 28
Commodity Managers: 4
Most important commodities: Networks+IS
Your organisations’ procurement spend : R8 billion
Management motto: “Give people an opportunity to perform!”
Membership of Professional Bodies: IPSA + SOEPF (State Owned Enterprises Procurement Forum)
What is your vision for P&SM: “Procurement should be at the centre of the organisation, it is business imperative and fulfills a strategic role.”
Personal best achievement: Re-engineering, Re-organising & Successfully Implementing I-Proc (Project Tsutsuma); Design, Develop and Implement Procurement Policies and Procurement. Automating Oracle Procurement and Designing Procure To Pay Strategies.

The person that has had the biggest influence on your life: My Parents and Corporate Life:Sizwe Nxasana

The person(s) you would most like to meet: Tokyo Sexwale & Cyril Ramaphosa

Businessperson who has impressed you most: Richard Maponya
Your Favorite South African Organisation: Nothing in particular
Your Favorite Global Organisation: IBM
Your philosophy about life: “Treat people with compassion.”
Favourite reading: Gospel
Favourite music: Gospel & Jazz
Favourite sport: Soccer
Favourite website: ABSA
Hobbies: Reading & cycling
Car: VW Polo; “For me a car is a utility and a cost to be managed – and I like any car could take from ‘mo’ to ‘mola’!”