PROCUREMENT TRANSFORMATION -
Fueling Growth, Innovation & Job Creation

25 - 27 Nov 2019, ICC Durban

3 Days   20+ Speakers

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About The Event

The South African Supplier Diversity Council(SASDC) Synergy Conference and Business Opportunity Fair is a high -impact event targeted at creating a networking platform for knowledge sharing and facilitating genuine linkages between Corporates and Black Owned(BO) and Black Women Owned(BWO) businesses.
As we celebrate 25 years of democracy, a critical reflection of what we have collectively achieved in terms of a sustainable and representative economy lays bare the fact that inequality has increased, we still battle to reduce the levels of poverty of our citizens, and unemployment rates have hardly been dented. With transformation policy reviewed to focus on accelerating economic growth and competitiveness by building local capacity while addressing socio-economic imbalances that persist, Procurement Transformation is a critical enabler for delivering on this goal. In line with this, this year’s conference program is centered on the theme: “Procurement Transformation –Fueling Growth, Innovation & Job Creation”.

This year’s event will attract over 500 procurement executives, supplier diversity professionals, black business owners, government officials and other special guests from abroad. The Synergy 2019 Conference will deliver the most up-to-date information on supplier diversity development.

Speakers at the plenary sessions and workshops will share the latest information on successful approaches in localization and strategies for competing in a global context. Personal learning and associated experience will be shared in over 10 workshops and other targeted sessions, while certified Black-Owned business will showcase their offerings at over 50 exhibition stands at the Business Opportunity Fair.
As a mission-based non-profit organisation, the Synergy 2019 Conference supports the SASDC’s organisational goals and objectives. Through the hosting of this event, we aim to:

create a platform through which like-minded and forward-thinking companies can Collaborate in their efforts to do more business with Black-owned enterprises!

share knowledge and Capacitate participants on efficient targeted procurement practices and effective supplier development interventions, as critical elements of strategic supplier diversity, that stakeholders are deploying to drive business value and meaningful development outcomes.

attract Black-owned enterprises to Certify their businesses as credible, compliant and capable of transacting with corporate buyers.

create optimal circumstances under which our certified Black-owned suppliers and corporate members can Connect to explore mutually beneficial business relationships.

Celebrate tangible outcomes and innovations that support the case for supplier diversity in South Africa.

Sponsors

Silver Sponsorship

Silver Sponsorship

Cellphone Charging Station

Accenture

Corporate ESD

Corporate ESD

Overview of the Conference

12:00 PM
ICC Conference Foyer

Exhibitor Registration & Set-up

All conference delegates are to register at the Registration desk upon arrival.  Registration details, name tags and other related information will be provided to registrants

Ask for Granny
19:00 PM
Hilton Hotel

Welcome Function

Join us at our first networking event as we welcome all delegates from near and far to the Synergy 2019 Conference.  An excellence ice-breaker for getting conversations and relationships going.

07:00 AM
ICC Foyer

Delegate Registration

All delegates are to register at the Registration desk upon arrival.  Registration details, name tags and other related information will be provided to registrants

08:30 AM
ICC Hall 2C

Opening Breakfast (Guest Speaker)

To kick off the Synergy 2019, our Guest Speaker (to be confirmed) at our Opening Breakfast will set the scene for the range of topics and issues that will be covered over the course of the conference and lay the foundation for engaging dialogue on the importance of supplier diversity, both domestically and internationally.

10:00 AM
ICC Hall 3A

Business Opportunity Expo

The Business Opportunity Fair allows black business owners to cluster numerous sales calls with dozens of major South African and multinational companies and other buying institutions. It is the only place you can accomplish so much—so conveniently.  Explore the offerings and opportunities on show of more than 70 exhibitors

10:15 AM
ICC Hall 2C

International Fire-side Chat

Whether it is B-BBEE in South Africa, federal procurement requirements in the US, government set-asides for aboriginals in Canada or the Indigenous Opportunities Programme in Australia, supplier diversity programmes need to reflect the cultural and societal norms of the geographies in which they are implemented.  Join our panel of international supplier diversity champions as they share their in-country experiences, challenges and opportunities, while at the same time reflecting on supplier diversity trends and the global outlook that both buying firms and diverse suppliers need to consider when competing in local and foreign markets.

Desiree Simba (Motseng) , Gary Joseph (SASDC) ,Mayank Shah (MSDUK) ,Cassandra Dorrington (CAMSC) ,Jean Chawapiwa (WEConnect-SA)
10:45 AM
ICC Hall 2C

Youth Unemployment - challenge or opportunity?

On the 27th of March 2018, the President of the Republic of South Africa launched the Youth Employment Services (YES) Initiative, a business-led collaboration with government and labour, which aims to create more than one million paid employment opportunities for black youth. Its intention is to stimulate demand-side job creation through company investment and by leveraging the government’s existing recognitions such as the Employment Tax Incentive and B-BBEE recognition for broad-based transformation.

Why the need for a special intervention? What does it entail? Is it working? Who should benefit?

Sibusiso Mtsetfwa (SASDC) ,YES representative ,Prince Cedza Dhlamani (Ubuntu Institute)
11:30 AM
ICC Hall 2C

C-Suite Panel Discussion

After 17 years in the making, the African Continental Free Trade (AfCFTA) deal has the potential to create the largest free-trade area in the world – uniting 55 African countries with a combined gross domestic product of more than $2.5 trillion. This trade agreement is expected to expand intra-African trade by up to $35 billion per year, ease movement of goods, services and people across the continent’s borders and cut imports by $10 billion while boosting agriculture and industrial exports by 7% and 5% respectively. 

Our panel of Procurement executives and decision-makers will share their views on how AfCFTA could essentially change the South African procurement landscape as we know it.  Will supplier diversity strategy become an important driver for supporting such a change and become a catalyst for unlocking inclusive economic growth by allowing small and medium-sized enterprises to flourish, promote industrialization and lift millions out of poverty?

Brendan Raju (Cummins) ,Vusi Fele (ABSA) ,Sihle Ngcamu (TIKZN) ,Ipeleng Makhari (Motseng Investments)
12:45 PM
ICC Hall 3A

Networking Lunch

Meal functions are opportunities for informal networking and insightful.

Session 1 at 14:00 PM & Session 2 at 15:15 PM

Interactive Workshop Breakaway Sessions (1) and (2)

SESSION 1

Workshop 1 - Supplier Diversity / ESD Return-on-Investment (ROI) at ICC Hall 2C

For most business functions, quantifying return on investment, or ROI is imperative. It is no different for supplier diversity / ESD. ROI applies to companies that already have a solid program as well as to those that are considering or are just starting to build a program. This means that you need to be prepared to quantify the value that supplier diversity brings to your organization in comparison to the investment that applies.

Workshop 2 - Accessing capital for Growth at ICC Hall 2E

Businesses funding is a key constraint for most small South African businesses. This was because small businesses often had weak balance sheets and few assets. It is very unfortunate because businesses are the backbone of any economy and that is true to South Africa and every country serious about addressing unemployment. 

Workshop 3 - B2B Sales Masterclass at ICC Room 21

Business-to-business (B2B) sale is the process of selling to another business instead of to consumers. In general, it includes a more involved relational and consultative sales process, along with a longer sales cycle, as opposed to the transactional sales process that is more common with business-to-business (B2C) sales. 

SESSION 2

Workshop 4 - SMME Index at ICC Hall 2E

The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD), is currently conducting stakeholder engagements on its SMME Index initiative with different institutions within the public and the private sector.

Workshop 5 - Export Readiness Masterclass at ICC Room 21

Exporting goods can be a great way to start a business or expand an existing business. Notwithstanding all the benefits of exporting, it remains a complicated process that is fraught with risks. It is not a question of simply becoming an exporter from one day to the next

Workshop 6 - Public Sector Procurement at ICC Hall 2C

While the legal rules governing preferential procurement schemes under the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act of 2000 (the PPPFA) were originally very narrow, recent amendments to these rules have opened up new options for organs of state. 

16:30 PM
ICC Hall 2C

King IV for SMME's

The King reports over the last two decades have become locally and globally synonymous with good governance. King IV encourages organisations to ensure social transformation and to address social ills such as inequality, skills gaps and unemployment.  To date the King Codes have had limited impact on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).  Over the long term there is a strong link between sustainability and good governance. For example, good governance can help with getting access to finance and a well governed organisation will outperform the market in the long term. 

Rurik McKaiser
17:00 PM
ICC Hall 3A

Networking Cocktails

After a relatively long day of knowledge sharing, learning and engagement with colleagues, peers, potential partners, etc. join us as we close off the day over a few relaxing cocktails and finger snacks.  Spend the time reflecting on the discussions of the day, or even better, spend this time getting to know others and what they have to offer under less formal and more relaxing circumstances

08:30 AM
ICC Hall 2C

Breakfast Panel (A Supplier Perspective)

In South Africa, Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) is a much-discussed topic in the realms of business. The complexities of the legislation mean that BBBEE, sometimes incorrectly called BEE for short, is often misunderstood and a source of confusion and concern. However, it is an integral part of the nation’s growth and advancement, and the government is taking an increasingly active approach to encouraging compliance with BBBEE policies. The aims of BBBEE are to promote greater black economic participation, thereby empowering those who were disadvantaged during apartheid and redressing some of the ills of the past. To effect these positive changes in society, BBBEE policy has been codified into legislation.

Is B-BBEE creating opportunities for black business growth? Is it helping to level the playing fields? Or has it commoditized black businesses as ESD points?

10:00 AM
ICC Hall 3A

Business Opportunity Expo

The Business Opportunity Fair allows black business owners to cluster numerous sales calls with dozens of major South African and multinational companies and other buying institutions. It is the only place you can accomplish so much—so conveniently.  Explore the offerings and opportunities on show of more than 70 exhibitors.

10:15 AM
ICC Hall 2C

Best Practice Case Study (Driving Innovation)

Harnessing the potential of innovation through an improved business climate for startups, skilled immigration, trade facilitation and competition in information and communication technology (ICT), as well as easier access to research and development (R&D) tax incentives, would significantly help to create jobs and reduce poverty,” international finance institution the World Bank 2017 South Africa Economic Update ‘Innovation for Productivity and Inclusiveness’ report states.

How are corporations leveraging supplier diversity / ESD programmes to support this goal?

  • Cummins’ Innovation Challenge
  • Accenture’s ESDP

 

11:30 AM
ICC Hall 2C

Digital Disruption

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies: “How we respond to the 4IR must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all players from the private and public sector, academia, government and civil society. Working with our partners we will build a capable talent pool that is equipped with the requisite skills and opportunities, making sure that the workforce is ready for the revolution in terms of 4IR and the world as we know it now – world of work, technology access & solutions, etc

ICC Hall 2E

Local and International Match-making sessions

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12:45 PM
ICC Hall 3A

Networking Lunch

Meal functions are opportunities for informal networking and insightful.

14:00 PM
ICC Hall 2C

Power Plenary (Transformation Champions)

The Minister of Trade and Industry, ​​on April 9, 2019, signed four amendments to the Amended Generic B-BBEE Codes of 2013. These amendments were gazetted on May 31, 2019 and will come into effect on November 31 2019.  The DTI and the government are sending a strong message regarding the empowerment of black-owned businesses with the new procurement guidelines. Procurement remains one of the most commanding mediums for transformation and maintains the most powerful weighting on the overall B-BBEE scorecard.  government’s motivation with the amendments is to create employment – not professional learners or students but active participants in the economy But government itself needs to comply and be measured, although it is happening as a slow pace – who is championing transformation? Private or Public Sector? Is collaboration happening and is it delivering more impact? Is the risk of a ratings downgrade affecting investment in transformation?

Linda Sibiya (Gagasi FM) [M] ,B-BBEE Commissioner,Phillip Sithole (eThekwini Municipality) ,Cas Coovadia (BCSA) [Pa] ,Mojalefa Mohoto (DSBD)
15:30 PM
ICC Hall 2C

Vote of Thanks & Conference Closing

Synopsis of the conference and the content covered. Thank you to sponsors and speakers, etc.

16:00 PM
ICC Hall 2C

Exhibitor Stand Breakdown

19:00 PM
ICC Hall 4AB

Gala Dinner & Farewell

KZN Premier or MEC for Economic Development or eThekwini Executive Mayor

Register as a Delegate

Qualify for our Early Bird Discount!!!
  • Register BEFORE 30 SEPTEMBER 2019 and qualify for our R500-00 per delegate Early Bird discount offer
And have ...
  • Access to the Welcome Function
  • Access to the Exhibition Hall
  • Access to the Networking Breakfast & Plenary
  • Access into the Plenary Sessions
  • Access to the Networking Lunch
  • Access to the Networking Cocktail
  • Access to the Gala Dinner
Registration fees differ if you are a...
  • SASDC certified Supplier
  • SASDC corporate member representative
  • Non-certified Black -owned Business
  • GSDA International delegate
  • Other

Exhibition Registration

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3m X 2m Exhibition Stand (6m2)
  • Includes1 Delegate/Exhibitor pass with access to all activities, events, and functions on both days
  • Shell Scheme walling 2,500mm high, 3m x 2m with drapes
  • Company display name on fascia board (no logo)
  • 2 x spotlight
  • 1 x plug point
  • 1 x trestle table with cloth
  • Carpet flooring
  • 2 x chairs
  • 1 x bin
6m X 2m Exhibition Stand (12m2)
  • Includes1 Delegate/Exhibitor pass with access to all activities, events, and functions on both days
  • Shell Scheme walling 2,500mm high, 3m x 2m with drapes
  • Company display name on fascia board (no logo)
  • 2 x spotlight
  • 1 x plug point
  • 1 x trestle table with cloth
  • Carpet flooring
  • 2 x chairs
  • 1 x bin
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