Memorandum of Understanding between CIPS and SOEPF

CIPS 18 November 2011
Memorandum of Understanding between CIPS and SOEPF

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and SOEPF (State Owned Enterprise Procurement Forum)

There are major advances being made in reforming the procurement function within State Owned Entities in South Africa.

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the State Owned Enterprise Procurement Forum (SOEPF) have a shared vision to become the benchmark of leading practice for purchasing and supply communities and aim to ensure that all procurement and supply chain officials in Southern Africa have a license to practice. Taking this vision one step further , SOEPF and CIPS SA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two parties on Friday, the 11th of November 2011.

By signing this MoU, the organisations will now officially work together in achieving joint objectives by:

·         professionalizing the procurement and supply chain profession;

·         upholding the code of ethics with honesty and integrity and;

·         collaborating with all communities and lobbying stakeholder’s support. 

Areas of collaboration include:

·         Advocacy and lobbying towards enhancing the professional status of the 
          purchasing and supply community within South Africa;

·         Participating in the SCM education reform within country;

·         Encouraging staff to join CIPS Southern Africa as members and to work 
          towards obtaining MCIPS membership status;

·         Incorporating the professional membership status within employee
          development programmes;

·         Protecting the image and reputation of CIPS and SOEPF through good 
          stewardship of the CIPS brand;


SOEPF was formed in June 2004 and is a voluntary forum of Procurement/Supply Chain Management heads of the State Owned Enterprises.
Founder Members include: Denel, Telkom, PetroSA, SAPO, Eskom.
Additional Members include: Transnet, SAA, SITA, Eskom, IDC, TCTA, SARS, National Treasury, Metrorail, CSIR, Transwerk, Rand Water, Universal Service Agency, National Ports Authority, South African Rail Commuter Corporation, City Power, Umsobomvu Youth Fund, Armscor & NEF, ATNS, IDT and SASDA. SOEPF is a voluntary forum of Procurement/Supply Chain Management  heads of the State Owned Enterprises with the purpose of share best practices in Supply Chain Management within the SOEs, actively promoting and adhering to the Prevention of  Corrupt Activities Act, advising SOEs with the reviewing, controlling, regulating, governing and managing of the implementation of procurement policies and procedures in the republic but more importantly promoting Procurement as being an integral part of the strategic function of any organization, thus promoting the procurement profession.

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) is an international professional body dedicated to serving the purchasing and supply profession and to promoting good practice, CIPS provides a wide range of services for the benefit of members and the wider business community.

To expand the global footprint of CIPS, CIPS Southern Africa was established as a full service institute in April 2010. CIPS Southern Africa represents South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique. CIPS provides
a wide range of services and qualifications focusing on people development, process development and performance enhancement in the supply chain arena. The flagship qualification offered by CIPS is at Honours Degree level and leads to the internationally recognised professional designation of MCIPS.


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