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  February 13th, 2023 | Written by

Procurement Trends Under the Spotlight at the Women in Procurement Conference 2023

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The procurement industry is in a transition phase, presenting both challenges and exciting opportunities.  The important and key role that procurement professionals play was thrust into the spotlight during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the world came to note the importance of stable supply chains. Talent management, technology, Environment, Social and Governance (ESG), Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) and Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) are some of the important procurement topics that will be under the spotlight at the third Women in Procurement (WIP) Conference, which takes place on 23 March 2023 at Times Square in Pretoria.

Procurement is a key driver of development and enabler of service delivery. The government is the single largest buyer in the country, spending more than R500-billion on goods, services and construction works a year through more than 1 000 procuring entities.

The one-day WIP Conference will address how women in the procurement space can accelerate their journey to value, by better harnessing networks, intelligence and the experience of those at the forefront.

The WIP Conference aims to:

  • Introduce a targeted mentorship and coaching programme for procurement professionals;
  • Increase awareness of opportunities for women empowerment and funding;
  • Expand networks to enable collaboration with other experts; and,
  • Provide a platform for women in procurement to network and collaborate on various business opportunities.

The draft Programme includes:

  • Keynote address: Mpho Matsitse – Head of Industry and Value Advisory: SAP Africa
  • Fireside Chat: MJ Schoemaker (SAPICS President) and Allison Anthony (Senior Lecturer of Public Procurement Law:  UNISA)
  • Master Class: Dawn Smith – Head of Training: Caliba Group
  • Pressures in procurement: Mmatshepo Rasebopye – Director for Supply Chain Management; Gauteng Provincial Government

 The hybrid event takes place on 23 March at Times Square in Pretoria and online. To register, go to Tickets can be purchased on Quicket –

The event is being supported by the Black Management Forum (BMF), the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA) and CVLC Communication. For details of sponsorship opportunities, email Mookho at