CIPS African Procurement Awards

By Freddie Pierce
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The Emperors Palace Johannesburg, South Africa was the venue as the international Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) celebrated the best in purchasing in Africa.

On August 15, 320 guests from the public and private sectors turned out in their party frocks for the CIPS Pan African Procurement Awards 2013 at the Hotel Casino in South Africa’s largest city.

The awards, held by CIPS Africa – part of the international CIPS organisation which operates in 150 countries worldwide – are designed to highlight and reward the current best on the continent and the most improved.

For the first time, the awards were combined with the State Owned Enterprise Procurement Forum’s (SOEPF) All About Public Procurement Awards (AAPP) in a joint celebration. State dignitaries were also in attendance among the industry guests.

A CIPS Africaspokeswoman said: “A CIPS Pan African Procurement & SOEPF AAPP Award is the most prestigious recognition a company or individual in the procurement and supply chain profession can receive.”

Bongani Bingwa, presenter of Carte Blanche, the longest-running TV show in South Africa, hosted the awards and speakers included SOEPF chairperson Fantas Mobu, Thami Ngqungwana, chief director for economic infrastructure and logistics at the Department for Trade and Industry, and Fred Vitale, global lead for capital projects and supply chain at Accenture.

The three main sponsors for the awards were BANK ABSA, Ariba and Macsteel.

Winners and categories are as follows –

Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility
Vodafone Ghana

Best Cross-Functional Teamwork Project

Best People Development Initiative

Most Improved Procurement Operation Step Change (large organisations) 

Best procurement consultancy project of the year
Xstrata Coal


Best Upcoming Professional
Imran Natha - PetroSA

Best Supplier & Enterprise Development project in terms of process people

Best Public Sector Procurement Project 
G.C.H (Gertrude's Children's Hospital) - Nairobi

Best Operations Improvement Initiative 

Best People Development Initiative 
Denel Land Systems

Most Empowered SOE in compliance to BBBEE Scorecard elements


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