2017 Conference overview

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East London ICC

25-27 OCTOBER 2017  |  EAST LONDON
To register to attend or to exhibit see the Annual Conference links under the main website menu.

The annual PURCO SA conference will be hosted by the Eastern Cape Region from the 25th to 27th October 2017 at the East London International Convention Centre. Approximately 350 delegates from all over South Africa and Namibia are expected to attend, alongside leading industry speakers delivering engaging presentations.

MembersDownload the Conference Overview for Members  (PDF, 2.5MB)
Exhibitors: Download the Conference Overview for Suppliers  (PDF, 2.5MB)

The theme for the conference is “Enterprise and supplier development - a key to transformation”. The conference aims to create a platform where procurement professionals and their supplier partners can share ideas, research and practical experiences and challenges.

The Eastern Cape Committee Organising Committee and Hosts for this year’s conference are University of Fort Hare, Walter Sisulu University, Nelson Mandela Metropolitand University, Rhodes University, the Port Elizabeth TVET College and PURCO SA.

Senior procurement staff from all PURCO SA member institutions across South Africa and Namibia are expected to attend.

The conference will include supplier exhibitions which will run between the speaker sessions.The event includes the following:


  • Three day restricted access conference with approximately 350 delegates
  • Plenary sessions plus work group sessions
  • Programme content targeted at strategic executives, procurement managers, operational buyers and their supplier colleagues
  • Talks from leading experts on the procurement road ahead
  • Talks on exciting new Topics


  • 40+ suppliers contracted to PURCO SA and member universities
  • Shell scheme structure with layout designed to drive traffic to stands
  • Food and refreshment stations


  • Informal evening dinner function – 25 October 2017.
  • Formal / Traditional  gala dinner – 26 October 2017.


A JPPF (Joint Procurement Planning Forum) meeting will be hosted at the venue on 24th October.