GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN THOUGHT LEADER JOHN GATTORNA AT SAPICS 2020

One of the world’s pre-eminent supply chain thought leaders, Dr John Gattorna, will be a keynote speaker at the 2020 SAPICS Conference, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management has announced. Based in Sydney, Australia, Gattorna has helped to shape the thinking, understanding and practice of logistics and supply chain management globally for more than 40 years. His belief that the supply chain is “all about the people” has influenced many of today’s leading multi-national corporations. “We are thrilled to give SAPICS delegates the opportunity to learn from a supply…

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INTERNATIONAL ACCOLADE FOR AFRICA’S PROFESSIONAL BODY FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

The vital role being played by SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, in skills development in Africa was recognised at the recent APICS Regional Learning Partner Awards in the United States. This inaugural event was hosted by ASCM (The Association for Supply Chain Management), which represents a vast global network of supply chain professionals. “We are honoured to have been named the Outstanding Channel Partner for the Middle East and Africa (MEA),” comments SAPICS chief operating officer Jenny Froome. “The ASCM Global Channel & Alliances team recognised the…

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SAPICS INSPIRES ASPIRING YOUNG SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS

This year’s 5th annual Young Professional and Student Conference, hosted by SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management, was a resounding success, the organisers report. Held recently in Johannesburg, it attracted up and coming supply chain talent from around the country. SAPICS president Kea Mpane says that several universities were invited to send students to the one-day conference, including the Universities of South Africa, Johannesburg and Pretoria, North-West University, and the Tshwane and Vaal Universities of Technology. “The energy, enthusiasm and commitment of this year’s attendees was inspiring,” Mpane…

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HEALTHCARE LESSONS FROM NIGERIA FOR SUPPLY CHAIN PROFESSIONALS

A supply chain membership platform for the private sector in Nigeria has strengthened private sector spending for public health. Azuka Okeke, who pioneered the project, will be sharing her experiences and insights at the upcoming SAPICS Spring Conference in Johannesburg. This event is hosted by SAPICS – The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management. “Okeke oversees supply chain transformation projects in several African countries, with a key focus on Nigeria.  She is an expert in engaging governments and is currently serving as a thought partner and advisor to national ministries…

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The Future of Zero Waste to Landfill and the New Carbon Tax

  South Africa is fast approaching a situation of running out of landfill space; the inevitable “day full” is on our doorstep. The roll-out of the country’s carbon tax – which is geared towards reducing carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025 – will change the way that companies do business.   This was the message from Wasteplan CEO Bertie Lourens in a presentation at the 2019 SAPICS Conference in Cape Town. Africa’s leading event for supply chain professionals is hosted annually by SAPICS, The Professional Body…

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The Future of Zero Waste to Landfill and the New Carbon Tax

South Africa is fast approaching a situation of running out of landfill space; the inevitable “day full” is on our doorstep. The roll-out of the country’s carbon tax – which is geared towards reducing carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025 – will change the way that companies do business.   This was the message from Wasteplan CEO Bertie Lourens in a presentation at the 2019 SAPICS Conference in Cape Town. Africa’s leading event for supply chain professionals is hosted annually by SAPICS, The Professional Body for…

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UNCERTAINTY IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY, BUSINESS AND SUPPLY CHAINS

While South Africa’s power crisis is reportedly costing the country up to R80 billion a month, it is not load shedding itself that is currently the biggest threat to the economy. According to Dr Robert Besseling, executive director of risk consultancy EXX Africa, the main business and supply chain disruption in South Africa today is uncertainty – around the power blackouts, as well as industrial action and key pieces of legislation. “When will load shedding end? The real disruption is not actually switching off the power, but the nebulous information…

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SOUTHERN AFRICAN SUPPLY CHAIN ASSOCIATION JOINS GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO TRANSFORM PUBLIC HEALTH SUPPLY CHAINS

Leading Southern African supply chain association SAPICS has been appointed a board member of “People that Deliver”, a global initiative that aims to improve health outcomes by promoting sustainable workforce excellence in health supply chain management.   “We are very proud to have this opportunity to contribute to the global drive to develop and professionalise public health supply chains in order to improve access to critical medicines and save lives,” comments SAPICS president Mungo Park. “More than half the world’s population lacks access to the most basic health services, and…

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INTERNATIONALLY CERTIFIED FOR SUPPLY CHAIN SUCCESS

With businesses increasingly recognising the importance of the supply chain to the organisation, the demand for suitably qualified and skilled supply chain professionals is growing, according to Mungo Park, president of leading Southern African supply chain association SAPICS.   “The supply chain is the one function in an organisation that touches all others and supply chain optimisation can drive bottom line improvement. To capitalise on opportunities, however, supply chain roles must be filled by people with the requisite knowledge, skills and qualifications,” he states.   Park notes that supply chain…

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