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

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Accenture

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

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19:00 PM

Welcome Function

Join us at our first networking event as we welcome all delegates from near and far to the Synergy 2019 Conference.

07:00 AM
Hall

Delegate Registration

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

08:30 AM
Hall

Opening Breakfast (Guest Speaker)

Opening Breakfast, featuring a keynote speaker, kicks off the first full day of activities. Begin your day right by networking with purchasing executives, supplier diversity professionals and business owners. Breakfast and luncheons are catalyst to discussions and interaction with your peers.

10:00 AM
Hall

Business Opportunity Expo

It is an expo for corporations and business enterprises designed to help in expanding your professional and business contacts. Make contact with companies displaying the most innovative products, technologies, and services. It’s the only place you can accomplish so much—so convenient and there is no substitute for face-to-face contact.

10:15 AM

International Plenary

Robust panel discussions providing insights and learn from the best thought leaders and captains of the industry as they offer creative solutions to everyday situations.

11:30 AM

CPO Panel Discussion

Robust panel discussions providing insights and learn from the best thought leaders and captains of the industry as they offer creative solutions to everyday situations.

12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

Not-to-be missed!!! It’s lunch filled with countless networking opportunities.

14:00

Interactive Workshop Breakaway Sessions

Connect with your colleagues at multiple networking opportunities!
Meet people with similar interests, share your experiences and brainstorm for new solutions. Choose from more than six powerful sessions running parallel for Suppliers and corporates on the most current issues, pivotal industry topics and trends.

16:30 PM

Networking Cocktails

Not-to-be missed!!! It’s a high-energy evening filled with countless networking opportunities. Experience the most distinctive vibes for a memorable evening in Durban while sipping cocktails. Fun is good for business too!!

08:30 AM
Hall

Breakfast Panel (A Supplier Perspective)

Robust panel discussions providing insights and learn from the best thought leaders and captains of the industry as they offer creative solutions to everyday situations.

10:00 AM
Hall

Business Opportunity Expo

It is an expo for corporations and business enterprises designed to help in expanding your professional and business contacts. Make contact with companies displaying the most innovative products, technologies, and services. There is no substitute for face-to-face contact.

10:15 AM
Hall

Best Practice Case Study (Driving Innovation)

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11:30 AM
Lawn

Local and International Match-making sessions

Build your business or improve your corporate procurement activities by meeting with the people you need to know to get your job done. Meet with a corporate representative in a structured way for a matchmaking session.

12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

Not-to-be missed!!! It’s lunch filled with countless networking opportunities. 

14:00 PM

Power Plenary (Transformation Champions)

Robust panel discussions providing insights and learn from the best thought leaders and captains of the industry as they offer creative solutions to everyday situations.

15:30 PM

Vote of Thanks & Conference Closing

16:00 PM

Exhibitor Stand Breakdown

Dismantling of exhibition stands by exhibitors and contractors at the conference venue. Time will be provided on the programme schedule

19:00 PM

Gala Dinner & Farewell

Gala Dinner and Farewell Function provide an exciting finale for the week’s activities!!
The annual gala dinner is a fun-filled night where we get to see, recognize and thank our sponsors for their outstanding and continued support. The evening provides a chance for our Corporates member, Co-hosts, International Mission, Certified Supplier, and our stakeholder to hear about the impact their support has made in making the conference a success. Signing off Synergy Conference 2019 in a gqom (a fascinating club sound originally from Durban) way!!

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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