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- New ideas for improving contract management | by Wessel Pieters
- Hollard’s procurement upheaval pays off | by Kate Ferreira
- Crafting Performance-Based Contracts | by Tim Cummins
- Get to grips with Contract Management | by Kate Ferreira
- Transformation: A reminder of why we are doing this | by Dr Robin Woolley
- 5 communication tactics for modern sourcing | by eSourcing Forum
- SCM textbooks for Africa - Sasol and PanAvest initiative
- Creating opportunities through supplier development | by Ahmed Patel
- The leader in you - aspiration and vision | by Dr Gerhard van Rensburg
- Bespoke supplier development event presents ‘new ideas and thinking’ | by Ahmed Patel
Twenty years ago, Joseph Pine published a book titled “Mass Customization.” This was followed by a Harvard Business Review article, similar McKinsey articles, and various related movements, including agile manufacturing, which was promoted and promulgated by such individuals as Rick Dove and institutions such as the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University. This movement was focused around manufacturing; the thesis was that the days of mass production were over and that the new world would operate with lot sizes of one while at the same time achieving the leverage advantages of mass production.(Read Full Article)
Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has appointed new members of the Presidential Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Advisory Council.
Government’s plans for reining in the country’s public procurement would be outlined in the Public Procurement Review, which will be published next month.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told Parliament on Wednesday that the document would “clearly” outline the reforms to be implemented within the next five years.
This emerged as the 2014 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) revealed that government’s modernisation of its procurement systems had gained traction with the pilot expected to start at selected provinces and large national departments within the next few months.
The design of a national price-referencing mechanism had also been completed ...(Read Full Article)
Government has proposed a new framework for funding state-owned companies, which will include closer monitoring of such entities.
In the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, National Treasury has said that state-owned companies and public entities play important roles in realising government’s economic and social mandate.
These entities need to be financially sound and operationally effective, contributing to development without draining the fiscus.
“Government is proposing a new framework for funding state-owned companies that will distinguish purely commercial activities from the costs of exercising their developmental mandate,” said National Treasury in the MTBPS.
Starting tomorrow a group of government officials and experts belonging to the world’s leading anti-money laundering organisation – the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – will be meeting in Paris. On the agenda is the adoption of a document on an issue that has major implications for the fight against crime, corruption and tax evasion around the world.
It’s a shame nobody outside of this small circle of experts from governments and international organisations has had a chance to see the document before it comes out.
According to the FATF website, at its upcoming plenary meeting the organisation will adopt ...(Read Full Article)
The South African economy is stuck in first gear. Slow economic growth, high levels of unemployment and high inflation is likely to continue for some time.
With South Africa facing such difficult economic circumstances, it is expected that in his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement on Wednesday, the Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, is going to face significantly reduced revenue in his budget. There is therefore every possibility of cuts to the budget, or a dramatically increased budget deficit.
We would never have been in our current fiscal situation if government was able to curb wasteful expenditure. The SIU estimates ...(Read Full Article)
Though there’s long been plenty of reasons to be sceptical, it’s increasingly reasonable to suggest that supplier diversity is a rising influence in the procurement decision-making process. It used to be asked: ‘Isn’t that a US concern?’, but judging by the caliber and sincerity with which top procurement professionals discussed the topic at last week’s MSDUK Conference in London, that’s gradually becoming a redundant question.
But the lessons here aren’t just for the UK, where some of these conversations are happening now, they apply to the larger ethos of procurement and how businesses go ...(Read Full Article)
PetroSA recorded an overall net loss of R1.65bn in the 2013/14 financial year, the company said on Tuesday.
While the company made an operating profit of R2.2bn, this was against the R3.4bn impairment charge against PetroSA's onshore and offshore assets, spokesperson Thabo Mabaso said in a statement.
"This is the result of a volatile economic environment, creep in project costs and delays in the feedstock drilling programme (Project Ikhwezi)." Impairment is the reduction in a company's stated capital.
Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo, PetroSA group CEO, said the company had a trying year with the main focus ...(Read Full Article)
MAJORITY of more than 900,000 active tax-paying companies operating in the South African economy will be affected by the new empowerment codes that are coming into effect from May next year, the Department of Trade and Industry said on Friday.
The new requirements were gazetted two weeks ago, with the comment period ending on November 14. They are for businesses with a R10m-R50m annual turnover. The codes, which are also referred to as the qualifying small enterprises (QSE) codes and their amended codes, are aimed at boosting small business participation in the mainstream economy.(Read Full Article)
COUNTRIES wanting to sell their nuclear technology will be able to parade their wares in a pre-procurement workshop to be hosted by the Department of Energy that will include representatives from other state entities.
On Sunday, the Department of Energy issued a statement saying the first of these workshops would begin with Russia and would take place before the end of October.
According to the statement, the vendor parade workshops entailed vendor countries presenting their nuclear technology offerings.(Read Full Article)
As uncomfortable as it may be, procurement needs to hear from unhappy suppliers. In fact, giving suppliers the opportunity to complain or otherwise rate the way they are treated is a vital part of effective supplier relationship management (SRM).
Procurement Leaders, citing news stories in other media, reported last week that suppliers to giant UK food retailer Tesco are unhappy with the company’s organization and certain business practices, branding the firm as leaderless and difficult to work with. It’s a stunning indictment, all the more so since it turns the table on the usual paradigm of buyers complaining ...
Investors are unlikely to rush back into platinum any time soon after a minimal price reaction to its biggest supply shock highlighted a major problem: no one knows how much metal exists above ground or, more importantly, who holds it.
Analysts predicted a surging market as a record five-month labour stoppage in top producer SA wiped out more than 1-million ounces of output worth $1.28bn. Yet platinum, used mostly in automotive catalytic converters which clean up exhaust emissions, also failed to react to a 2.4-million ounce accumulation of metal into exchange-traded funds since 2010. The metal has lost ...(Read Full Article)
The security of the internet is an on-going concern. Whether you're online for fun, or you're conducting business, there are all manner of pitfalls you may encounter. Issues such as viruses and malware are now widely known about, but these are far from being the only security issues to concern yourself with.(Read Full Article)
The modern procurement executive and Chief Procurement Officer often lists “improve visibility” on their corporate to-do list nearly everyday. For some organizations, this goal is often a pipe dream or something they “feel” they should be doing in the greater scheme of supply management. However, top-tier CPOs realize that improving visibility isn’t a simple goal on a list crowded with other objectives: it’s a formidable, real target that must be achieved in order for procurement to drive true value across the greater enterprise.(Read Full Article)
Contracts are an age-old method to organise the framework for transactions between parties. Usually a contract is about the exchange of goods and services and the remuneration thereof. This contract is usually in writing, signed and acknowledge by the parties.(Read Full Article)
In March 2012, Hollard Insurance hosted a procurement conference with a primary focus on supplier management and cost controls. It was the start of their own reworked procurement strategy (officially launched in April 2012), designed and developed to ensure best service and to curb costs during the insurance claim settlement process. Now, a little over two years down the line, the procurement policy is paying off, says Arie de Ridder, Head of Claims for Hollard Broker Markets.(Read Full Article)
There is growing evidence that the form and design of a contract has substantial impact on the results achieved. The evidence ranges from studies on major projects, which often suffer from use of the wrong contract model, to more focused investigation of the behavioural impact of specific terms, such as the liability or indemnity provisions.(Read Full Article)
At the start of 2014, independent research showed that less than 50% of large UK businesses were regularly auditing their Tier 1 suppliers on whether they used slave labourers. That figure fell to 36% at Tier 2. Since then, we have seen multi-national buyers advance significantly their efforts to address slavery within their supply chains.(Read Full Article)
THE three most advanced coal companies in the Waterberg region — Exxaro, Resource Generation (Resgen) and Waterberg Coal Company — are working together with Sasol to develop the area’s coal resources most efficiently and sustainably to avoid some of the problems that have evolved in the Mpumalanga coal fields, Exxaro executive for business development Ernst Venter said on Wednesday.
Mr Venter, who was answering questions at Wednesday’s Fossil Fuel Foundation Waterberg coal conference in Lephalale, said he was confident the mines would together be producing about 30-million tons a year of coal for export within the next 20 years.(Read Full Article)
The upcoming contract management event – organised by Bespoke and the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) – promises to deliver international leading practice knowledge on contract management and supplier relationship management, with two experienced international speakers presenting at the event.(Read Full Article)
Leading company procurement organizations reap double the measurable cost reduction versus other companies, while also driving competitive advantage through supplier-driven innovation and risk management. While procurement organizations for leading companies have continued their upward trajectory, most companies only sustained the gains they made between 2008 and 2011.
These findings were reported in a study released today by A.T. Kearney titled “Procurement Powered Business Performance: Assessment of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Study 2014.” This year’s AEP is the eighth edition in a series that started in 1992.
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The Coega Development Corporation (CDC), operator of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), announced today it will establish a Multi Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) complex for the automotive assembly and components manufacturing sectors in Zone 2 of its industrial estate in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
The state-owned entity has earmarked 306 hectares of land for automotive manufacturing industrial activity through its recently unveiled five year strategic plan, which will embrace an OEM industrial clustering approach.(Read Full Article)
The Multi-OEM complex will house vehicle assembly halls and shared service infrastructures. First, second, and third tier automotive component suppliers will all be brought ...
The Procurement Leaders Zurich 2014 Forum panel discusses the role and benefit of using big data within procurement.
Big data has many definitions, ranging from “unstructured” to “a lot of data” but the panel discussion on this very subject at the Procurement Leaders Zurich Forum defined it as “the moment when you have so many data points and systems that you cannot put it into one single system anymore”. So far, most of big data analytics has been seen on the sales side although we are increasingly seeing procurement applying it within their own function.
Here are some trends on ...
Old Xstrata recollections were reignited on Tuesday as former Xstrata CEO Mick Davis announced that his new X2 Resources had garnered in another $1-billion to take the incipient mining company towards financial reserves of close on $5-billion. A number of new investors have taken the X2 total up to $4.8-billion of committed and conditional equity capital, the new company said in a media release.(Read Full Article)