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SMME Supplier Readiness Conference offers SMMEs real opportunity to meet the buyers from South Africa's top corporate and government and designed to help SMMEs understand how they can do business with organisations in SA.


SMMEs in South Africa still struggle to access markets and get sustainable contracts. In this conference, senior buyers talk through the various processes that are essential to access their organisations (markets).

This is where SMMEs meet sourcing, procurement, purchasing and buying professionals from government and the private sector, to learn more about their requirements and meet their needs. This conference aims to boost supplier performance, preparing corporate ready suppliers to be a #SMARTSUPPLIER.


08:30 Morning registration
08:50 - 09:00 Opening and Welcome Address: Florence Musundwa, Grow Supplier ZA
09:00 - 09:30 SMEs Access to global value chains: The productivity challenge in financing inclusive and sustainable growth
  • Tackling the cumulative regulatory burden across corporate/global value chains
  • Strategic recommendations to foster productivity and SME financing and business support
  • Bridging the skills gap: How to empower self for future work and digitalisation
  • Growing SMEs through access to markets - why is it important
Innocentia Motau, President, Young Entrepreneur South Africa, G20 YEA Sherpa
09:30 - 10:00 Critical factors to successfully do business with both the private and public sector
  • Perspective one's choice of perspective matters, both in developing and public or private strategy and in implementing
  • Contract management fundamentals
  • Risk management versus opportunity awareness
  • Patience and persistence = results
Representative, Durban Chamber
10:00 - 10:45 Growth Matters: The psychological impacts of entrepreneurship
  • Cultivating a winning mindset - it matters how you process information both victories and failures
  • How do entrepreneurs' emotional Intelligence and mental fitness impact their growth
  • Building a thriving team - hiring and retaining staff
Puseletso Modimogale, Transformation & business strategy coach, SAICA ED
10:45 - 11:30 Turning things around to be more profitable in 2018: Insight on how entrepreneurs can translate their business vision into a reality!
  • Unpack the 5 tactics for building the business of your dreams.
  • The secret to individual productivity and being in-flow.
  • The 3 elements of a scalable business model.
  • How sales and marketing have changed in the 21st Century, and how you can adapt.
  • The immediate steps you can take to grow your business in 2018.
KK Diaz, Managing Director, A Game Business
11:30 - 12:15 Will black SMMEs be big competition to ESD providers in future: Why is money that is dedicated to SMMEs going to ESD providers
  • The B-BBEE codes do not define ESD as incubation
  • How to access contracting and procurement opportunities within various corporates.
  • How to unlock transactional funding for ļ¬nancing pipeline purchase orders.
  • How to collaborate with other SMMEs to provide combined access to markets for SMMEs.
Sibusiso Nkosi, Investor Relations Manager, SAICA Enterprise Supplier Development
12:15 - 13:00 Keynote address: The Magna Carta of Exponentiality
Vusi Thembakwayo, The Rockstar of public speaking

  • Suppliers are provided with a practical and relevant overview as to how corporate companies build long term strategic supplier relationships.
  • Supplier will learn how to significantly increase their chances of competing successfully in the corporate supply chain
  • Awareness is given of the regulations around corporate supply chains
  • Helping SMME's and suppliers to develop a performance improvement culture within the supplying organisation.

SMME's / QSE's currently supplying and operating. SMME's are not limited to a particular product or service, however businesses that have been in operation for more than a year will benefit from attending this event.

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