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9 May 2012 | Adam Leach in Johannesburg, South Africa
Mining company Exxaro reigned supreme at this year's CIPS Pan African Awards, picking up two prizes at the ceremony held last night in South Africa.
Procurement professionals from across Africa gathered together for a gala dinner at the Emperor's Palace resort in Johannesburg to celebrate the outstanding achievements in the profession over the past 12 months.
In addition to winning the main prize for Best Procurement Project, the company also shared the award for Best Process Improvement Initiative with ABSA Business Bank.
Explaining the judges’ decision to give the main award to Exxaro, programme director Elana Afrika said: “The submission highlights the taking of procurement to a strategic level, commercial aspects, operations improvements as well as environmental. Exxaro demonstrates the role that procurement plays, and not only as a commercial enterprise.”
Other winners on the night included Vodafone Ghana, winners in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility category and Mondi, who won the Best Capacity Development Initiative award. The prize for Best Supplier Development Initiative went to FNB and UTi Mounties.
Earlier in the evening, CIPS Africa recognised the work of its graduate students. The winners were recognised for work in areas such as industrial applications of a supply chain tool and green procurement research.
List of winners:
- Best Procurement Project: Exxaro
- Best Process Improvement Initiative: Exxaro / ABSA Business Bank
- Best Corporate Social Responsibility: Vodafone Ghana
- Best Capacity Development Initiative: Mondi
- Best Supplier Development Initiative: FNB and UTi Mounties