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By: Smartprocurement  11-11-2011
Keywords: Procurement, Supply Chain

September PMI climbs above 50-index points

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Supply chain specialist publishes selection of SCM improvement projects

Supply chain specialist, and member company of IMPERIAL Logistics, has published a book with an assortment of supply chain business improvement projects.  "The case studies reflected in the book have been documented in such a way to demonstrate the scale of business transformation, and range of benefits that can be achieved by organisations fousing on improving their supply chains, Dean Tebbutt, Managing Director of Volition Consulting Services, told SmartProcurement"

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2010 strike action costs insurer more than R100m

Sasria is South Africa’s only insurer for special risks such as riots, strikes, political and public unrest, civil commotion and labour disturbances.

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Competence development reigns supreme at procurement awards

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IMPERIAL Logistics acquires Commerce Edge - bolsters procurement training capabilities

SmartProcurement ’s parent company , a leading procurement training company, has sold a majority share to Supply chain specialist and member company of IMPERIAL Logistics, .

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Interim Chief Procurement Officer appointed at troubled State Owned Enterprise

Ashney Chetty has been acting as CPO since April 18 and will overhaul the SOE's procurement practices, among which is ensuring Infraco complies with the regulations of the PFMA.

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New companies act - changes to business environment

The promulgation of this Act brings about several fundamental and important changes to South Africa’s laws regarding legal entities.

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Procurement transformation: more than squeezing suppliers' margins

Transferring pressure onto your suppliers’ margins is not sustainable in the long-term. In fact, it is the shortest route to supply disruption as you will risk supplier failure, Duncan Jones, Principal Analyst for Forrester Research, told supply chain leaders at and SmartProcurement’s CPO Forum early in March.

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March PMI rises to 13-month high

The most positive feature of the March numbers is that after rising to just above the key 50 point level in the first two months of 2011, the seasonally adjusted business activity index increased sharply from 51.6 to 59.7 points. The robust rise indicates that March witnessed a ramp-up of manufacturing production, most probably in reaction to previous (sustained in March) indications of improved demand conditions.

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SmartProcurement Editorial board member chairman of CIPS adjudication panel

Dr. Douglas Boateng, SmartProcurement editorial board member and CEO of has been appointed Chairman of the CIPS Pan African Best Practice Procurement and Supply Chain Management Adjudication Panel of experts.

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Consumer Protection Act: implications for suppliers

This article in made available only for information purposes, and is not legal opinion or advice.

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Procurement achievers - On the road to becoming SCM professionals

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Quadrem celebrates $100-Billion in cumulative spend

Catherine Hills , Director Buyer Services at Quadrem Africa, together with Graham Yates, who recently joined the management group in Sunninghill, Gauteng as New Business Development Director.

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Marcus: Commodity inflation risk increasing

In a speech posted on the Bank's website, Marcus said rising global and domestic prices were likely to pose a challenge to monetary policy in the coming months. She reiterated that the likelihood of further loosening was limited.

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52.9 - Kagiso PMI for November 2010 bounces back

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Ariba to acquire Quadrem

With the acquisition of Quadrem, Ariba further expands the depth and breadth of the Ariba Network, its web-based trading community.

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South Africa still hanging in there on the corruption index

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Electric vehicle could spell the end of large portions of the auto supply chain

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Estimated $415-billion overspend for 2010

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World Cup purchasing irregularities exposed - Download Report

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EU economic crisis: SA to increase southern sourcing ties

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Focused skills development critical for 2010 and beyond

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Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) experienced a third consecutive decline during May

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Africa gearing up for supply chain productivity and operational improvements

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Eskom - Buying local may mean higher tariffs

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Professionalising SCM in Government

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SA expert changing the face of African Supply Chain Management

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CIPS awards - rewarding the development of a strategic imperative

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Commerce Edge appointed as new CIPS Exam Centre in South Africa

CIPS students throughout  Southern Africa can now sit their CIPS exams at ’s (CEA's) exam centre, Andrew Hillman, Director of CEA, tells SmartProcurement.

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IPAP 2: Departmental dispute jeopardises plans to overhaul public procurement

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MTN embarks on far reaching procurement education drive

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New Procurement Credentials Registered with SAQA

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CIPS Southern Africa becomes representative body for Procurement and Supply Management

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Coming to your area soon..Roadshow on key procurement trends

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IPSA / CIPS Annual Pan African Conference Programme 2009

This month, the Institute of Purchasing and Supply SA (IPSA) and CIPS has taken the opportunity to update the programme information for the 2009 Annual Pan African Conference, which will take place on Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27.

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Finally, first BEE verification agencies accredited

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South African named Chief Operations Officer of global e-Procurement leader

Amsterdam & Dallas – , a global provider of supply management solutions, has promoted Brandon Spear to Chief Operations Officer. In his new role, Spear will continue to oversee Quadrem’s operations for eight regional offices on six continents. Additionally, Spear will lead Quadrem’s research and development team as they build next-generation systems to enable customers to operate reliable, efficient supply chains.

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2008 Annual BEE Conference: BEE Procurement decreases by 20%

and EES-Siyakha hosted their second annual Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Conference on the 11th, 12th and 13th of November 2008 at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Johannesburg. More than 80 delegates from both the private and public sectors attended the event in order to get to grips with the rapidly shifting South African empowerment landscape. And the message was clear: Transformation is a process, not an event.

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Report back on SmartSourcing Conference 2008

SmartProcurement hosted its 2nd annual SmartSourcing Conference on the 7th and 8th of October 2008 at the Irene Country Lodge in Centurion, Pretoria. This two-day event, sponsored by , , , , , BEESA Boxsmart and EES-Siyakha, attracted more than 100 local and international delegates from all corners of Procurement and Supply Chain Management (SCM) in both the private and public sectors.

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Commerce Edge Launches CIPS Academy

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IPSA Western Cape Breakfast: "Procurement is the Profit Machine!"

SmartProcurement

recently attended the

(

) breakfast meeting on the 13th of August 2008 as held at the Hotel School in Granger Bay, Cape Town. 

Kraai van Kraayenburg

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Business and Training Development Manager, started the proceedings by welcoming guests to the event. <br\>

2008 Salary Survey Results Published

The results of the

SmartProcurement 2008 Salary Survey

has been finalised and some

very

interesting results have come to light. "The survey strongly confirms the global trend that the procurement function is on the rise within organisations", says

Bernie van Niekerk

, Editor of

SmartProcuremen

t. 522 Procurement professionals completed the survey. The top responding industry sectors were Manufacturing, Mining, the Public Sector, Construction and Finance. <br\>

The 30th Annual SAPICS Conference 2008

Our congratulations go to

Mr Ken Titmuss

, the South African Production & Inventory Control Society's (SAPICS) President, and his team on once again staging what they claim to be 'The Leading Event in Africa for Supply Chain Professionals'.  Over 1200 delegates arrived to take part in 12 workshops, listen to 60 speakers (many of them international) visit the stands of 40 exhibitors and generally contribute to an exceptional annual supply chain outing at Sun City. <br\>

First Annual IPSA Pan African Procurement Awards

The first annual

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Imperial Logistics Acquires 50% of supply chain consultancy Volition

Imperial Logistics

and

Volition Consulting Services

announced that Imperial Logistics will acquire 50% of Volition with effect from 1 July 2008, subject to approval from the Competitions Authority. Imperial Logistics and Volition will aim to improve their service offering whilst further increasing their footprint in the logistics and supply chain industry.

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2008 Annual IPSA / CIPS Conference: A SmartProcurement News Report

The Institute of Purchasing and Supply South Africa (

) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) hosted their 4th annual conference on the 20th and 21st of May 2008 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

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IPSA News - New CEO and The Way Forward

"

) has been growing from strength to strength over the last number of years and is continuously improving its capacity in terms of service offerings to the extent that it had to increase infrastructure and resources to accommodate the recent growth"

CEO,

Marius Bosman

, told

Smart Procurement.

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Achieving economic and social value through procurement professionalism


Responsibility for  economic and social transformation of the country also lies in the hands of the Procurement profession. While the emphasis on social transformation through BEE procurement has been well documented, the macro economic impact of public sector procurement practices was clearly illustrated by

Karen van Vuuren

, CPO of Transnet and President of IPSA at the recent SmartSourcing  2007 Conference.

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Report back on SmartSourcing 2007 Conference

SmartProcurement

, has always held the view that what the procurement and supply fraternity in SA genuinely needed, was an annual forum at which to gather and exchange thoughts on best strategic sourcing practices in key commodity groups. The

Smart Sourcing Conference 2007

has come and gone and, it has made a permanent, positive mark on the P & SM landscape. Speakers included

Henry Malinga, Mike Hughes, Anthea Saunders, Karen van Vuuren, Ian Russel, Bernie van Niekerk, Roddy Mann, Pieter Henning, Billy Bell, Alan Low, Natie Bekker, James Yates, Cobus Rossouw Paul Vermaak, Thys Goosen, Elaine Porteous and Kraai van Kraaienberg..

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The FSCMA - Umbrella Body for Supply Chain Management Organisations formed

The Institute of Purchasing and Supply South Africa (IPSA) is a founding member of the UMBRELLA ORGANISATION FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATIONS

Various professional associations and societies representing individuals and companies in the Supply Chain Management environment signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") to establish the Federation for Supply Chain Management Associations ("FSCMA"). According to the MOU, the "purpose of the FSCMA" is:

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SAPICS 2007 Conference Report Back

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A SmartProcurement news report on IPSA / CIPS 2007 Pan African Conference

 (Seated from left to right: Keith Trower (Deputy CEO CIPS), Karen van Vuuren (Chairperon IPSA) and Kraai van Kraaienberg (CEO IPSA)

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The information in this article was current at 08 Nov 2011

Keywords: Procurement, Supply Chain