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"Sourcing decisions made today have a direct impact on you, your organisation, local industries and the future of the African child." This was Prof Douglas Boateng's key message at the Smart Procurement World Regional Western Cape Event held last week at Grand West in Cape Town.

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Economic growth relies on favourable conditions for domestic SMMEs, at provincial and national level. A growing economy also provides more jobs for the huge number of unemployed.

Suppliers get leg-up in the Western Cape

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A diverse group of black-owned SMMEs are benefiting from a Western Cape initiative to unlock supplier opportunities outside government institutions. The City of Cape Town's Enterprise Development Unit has committed to educate and direct these suppliers with a practical workshop, in partnership with Smart Procurement.

Speed and consistency key to retail procurement success

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"Speed and consistency key to retail procurement success" - Woolworths procurement Chief

The retail industry is extremely competitive. Businesses and brands need to stand out by creating seamless, value-added consumer experiences, both in-store and online. "Speed, consistency and experience are in high demand for everything from inventory levels, fixtures and signage, to packaging and point of sale services," says Yogan Naidu, head of Non-Trade Procurement at Woolworths.

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The historic, first-ever Candidacy Programme was launched recently, when 30 women in the Transport and Logistics industries were officially enrolled and became student members of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA). Through funding from the Transport Education and Training Authority (TETA), CILTSA will train 30 employed women in the international Certificate in Logistics and Transport CILT qualification, which will also lead to a professional, internationally-recognised designation for the successful candidates.

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