2017 Conference Theme

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Coming together in a new format designed to maximise collaboration and engagement, delegates and their supplier partners will be exposed to interactive presentations, workshops and case studies that demonstrate actionable solutions to the challenges facing procurement in the current economic and technological environment.

The Conference runs over 3 days from Wednesday 25th October to Friday 27th October and is closely integrated with an Exhibition of more than 40 supplier partners providing solutions, products and services to the sector.

Theme: Enterprise and supplier development - a key to transformation 

The 2017 PURCO SA Conference is premised on the theme of ‘Enterprise and supplier development - a key to transformation ’.The Eastern Cape gave South Africa a proud heritage of leaders. Nelson Mandela, Enoch Sontonga, Robert Sobukwe, Govan Mbeki, Steve Biko, Walter Sisulu and Chris Hani are among the heroes whose roots were nourished by the soil of the Eastern Cape.

In this birthplace of legends we see the potential of the ideals of justice and economic development that are the foundation of our country - yet social and economic inequality remain entrenched in our society through structural disadvantage and self interest.

Higher education procurement teams, in the execution of their duties and as drivers of the business imperatives of their institutions, have a unique opportunity to transform our economic landscape.

Procurement professionals and their institutions hold a powerful key to meaningful transformation through supplier and enterprise development. The PURCO SA Conference seeks to empower them with a platform of knowledge and contacts to create a measurable impact on their strategic and operational business objectives, while contributing to the imperatives of social change.

In addition to delivering tools to help delegates drive change in their own institutions, we will examine enterprise development as a key foundation of economic and social capital, as well as individual and community empowerment.

The overarching theme of the 2017 Conference is a focus on unlocking business value for our delegates’ institutions and their supply chain partners through a focus on supplier and enterprise development, innovation and transformation.

The PURCO SA Annual Conference is a microcosm of the rich heritage and diversity that makes the Eastern Cape region unique. We believe that attending the 2017 Conference in the birthplace of legends will enable our delegates to emulate those heroes in transforming their institutions, their supply chains, and their communities. 


The event attracts more than 250 procurement practitioners and professionals from 42 southern African public universities, TVET Colleges, private higher education institutions and related organisations.


The conference programme will have a strong focus on driving engagement and collaboration, and will include sessions addressing both the hard and soft issues that determine how procurement teams interact within their work world.

Transformative presentations and workshops will include issues such as:

  • Enterprise and supplier development as drivers of procurement success;
  • Integrating enterprise development into your supply chain to the bene t of your institutional objectives;
  • Practical lessons, challenges and successes in implementing traditional and e-procurement; 
  • BEE is your business - implementing supplier and enterprise development in Higher Ed. institutions;
  • Using social media to collaborate and drive procurement innovation;
  • Finding common purpose between buyers and suppliers;
  • Upskilling current and future generations of procurement professionals.
  • Government’s legislative and policy plans, including the regulations and the POPI Act. 


Luyanda Mema
University of Forth Hare
Eastern Cape Regional Chairperson and Conference Chair