Irregular expenditure gets the limelight at KZN procurement conference

03 July 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201915278

Government & Municipal

IRREGULAR expenditure was a key theme to emerge from the fourth annual Smart Procurement World KZN Conference and Enterprise & Supplier Development (ESD) Expo held at the Durban ICC recently.

The event, which was hosted by eThekwini Municipality, was positioned as a forum for engagement between experienced speakers and delegates.

“Recognised for its ability to tackle controversial subjects with regards to procurement processes, the conference was well received by attendees,” the municipality said in a statement.

Some of the more popular sessions included:

● Getting a grip on irregular expenditure: Condonation implications and practices, implementing appropriate disciplinary processes and closing the gap on audit findings.

● How do high performance leadership and governance drive results? This session discussed how to create a top-down model where the culture in an organisation is to take action. It demonstrated that strong leadership and governance are key factors in winning over public confidence and fulfilling innovation, transformation and economic development goals.

● Building an expanding economy: How do we build an expanding economy, thriving communities, small businesses growth and employment through innovative entrepreneurship? How do we make economic transformation a reality for SMMEs?

“I had an awesome time, together with some knowledgeable colleagues at Smart Procurement World KZN, where we discussed the link between governance and ethics in the procurement space,” said speaker Rob Kaletsch, Procurement Specialist at the Mondi Group.

James Mwaba, Deputy President at the Zambia Institute of Purchasing and Supply and Procurement Director at Millennium Challenge Account Zambia said: “The level of speakers were relevant and on point, making this a very worthwhile event.”

“The selection of presentations were really good. The knowledge and clarity provided were fantastic,” said Dr Thabo Pitse, global trend watcher and speaker in South Africa.

Delegates were equally complimentary about the event. “The conference was very informative. It encourages analytical thinking and the will to be part of transformation in procurement activities,” said Cele Silindile, Procurement Manager from the eThekwini Municipality.

Of the 60 Enterprise and Supplier Development Expo exhibitors, many were hosted by sponsors such as UN Women, the DTI - Black Industrialist, and Toyota.

The Supplier MatchUp sessions allowed concentrated interaction between the exhibitors and the attending corporate organisations.

“This was an absolutely great opportunity for all stakeholders and a superb initiative by the organisers,” said transformation specialist Livhu Maphobi from ACSA.

“This was a great experience for SMMEs and it provided us with a great learning platform,” said Thabisile Hlongwane of Isibusiso Holdings.

“I found the expo very interesting and informative, especially the dti section. This was a very informative learning experience,” said visitor Kenny Mbele.

“I’m at a primary phase in my business, thus attending this expo gave me an opportunity to find out how to get access to incubation programmes and funding. I am truly grateful for this opportunity,” said fellow visitor Nomthandazo Gumede.

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