25 May 2011 | Rebecca Ellinor in Johannesburg
More than 400 people gathered at the Theatre of Marcellus at the Emperors Palace complex in Johannesburg last night to attend the CIPS Pan-African Procurement Awards 2011.
It was a record attendance for the annual ceremony, which is growing every year.
Speaking before the winners were announced, chairman of the awards adjudication panel Dr Douglas Boateng said the entries compared well with the best he’s seen in Europe and the US.
“We’re really coming up now and it’s really good to see, it’s been a long journey,” he said.
Boateng particularly highlighted some entries from Ghana and Nigeria as impressive, especially given the challenging environment in which supply chain management professionals operate in those countries. He also expressed a wish to see more than 50 per cent of awards entries in the next five years coming from nations outside of South Africa.
The award winners were as follows:
• Best procurement community award – Vodafone Ghana – for an externally focused social and economic development programme within the local community.
• Best people development initiative award – Standard Bank – for a training and development programme that has substantially raised the understanding and/or skills of the purchasing and supply management team.
• Best process improvement initiative award – Johnson Controls – for demonstrating how improved processes led to superior results.
• Best supplier relationship management award – ABSA – for demonstrating the ability, alongside a key supplier, to go beyond the terms of a contract to help and support each other.
• Best supplier diversity project award – Eskom – for showing how they have increased the employment, profitability and revenue generation of local suppliers.
• Best procurement project award – SAPPI – for conducting a project as a cross-functional team that has brought benefits to the organisation.
• Managing director’s award (new for 2011) – Shell Companies in Nigeria – for demonstrating transformation in procurement.
• Bola Afolabi Awards – Rebecca Boateng (CIPS Ghana), with Joseph Onuorah of CIPS Nigeria the first runner up and Edith Kirima of CIPS Kenya the second runner up.
Also at the event, Karen van Vuuren, deputy chairperson of the CIPS board of management, announced the intention to establish a CIPS Southern Africa Mentorship Programme. She called for mentors (and mentees) to come forward and said the plan was to run a ‘speed dating’ session in August/September to pair individuals up.
“There are so many people, such as senior practitioners, who know what it takes to become a serious procurement professional but perhaps don’t know how to give back to the profession. So we came up with this idea and we want to make this dream a reality.”
The institute in southern Africa will shortly be sending out documents asking for mentors to come forward.