Thursday 10 April 2014
Connect with Sifiso Mncube, Divisional Procurement Manager of Foskor & SASDC Board Member
SASDC: What does it mean to fulfil two roles?
Sifiso Mncube: To be in the position where I can enforce decisions at Foskor, it allows me to fulfil the goals and missions of SASDC. When you are on the Board you can refer to what you are implementing in the organisation you come from. So when you speak to the direction of the SASDC you can actually refer and say these are the things that as a business or a corporate what we are doing and you are able to influence other Board Members to buy into that vision.
SASDC: What is your advice for other Corporate Members?
Sifiso: My position has always been – as corporates we need to demonstrate what we stand for. Our view is that we are like-minded corporates that are only there for one common purpose – to give opportunities to black businesses. What we’ve done here today is a demonstration of our commitment as a corporate. Our message to members is that there are two things that we can do well – one is to give opportunities and two is to support the capacity of suppliers you are doing business with.
SASDC: What is your advice for black suppliers seeking to gain access to opportunities such as the one Foskor’s created?
Sifiso: There is hope for black businesses. There are companies like us that are committed to providing opportunities. There are organizations such as the SASDC who are actually there to bring suppliers together, make them available and position them competitively in the market. The SASDC is also able to bring together corporates who are potential customers and make them available. So there is hope, there are opportunities. Anyone who wants to go into business I think South Africa has what it takes to provide those opportunities.
This article was originally published in the March 2014 Diversity Brief quarterly newsletter. To read the full publication visit the News section in our public website or click here.
Thursday 6 March 2014
This article was originally published by the Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140305-911637.html.
In global news -
Pacific Gas and Electric Co.,(PG&E) today announced that it spent $2.3 billion with diverse suppliers in 2013, accounting for 42.1 percent of its total procurement budget. This total represents an increase of $265.2 million from 2012.
PG&E is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California.
"Our focus on supplier diversity has given new opportunities to thousands of businesses, allowing them to grow and hire, strengthening California's economy," said PG&E President Chris Johns. "It also has led to innovative solutions to the challenges we face as a company, enabling us to better serve our customers and deliver safe, reliable and affordable gas and electric service."
PG&E has been committed to supporting a diverse supply chain for more than three decades. The company has developed one of the state's leading supplier diversity programs, which has resulted in an 11-year trend of consecutive year-over-year growth in diverse spending. As part of the overall record spend with diverse suppliers, PG&E set new all-time standards in total spend in these enterprise categories:
-- Minority business enterprise (MBE): $1.5 billion or 27.4 percent of total spend -- Woman business enterprise (WBE): $686.1 million or 12.5 percent -- Service-disabled veteran business enterprise (DVBE): $125.5 million or 2.3 percent. PG&E's dedication to supplier diversity has played a major role in California's economic growth. A recent study done by the Center for Strategic Economic Research showed PG&E contributed $22.2 billion of economic activity and supported nearly 71,600 jobs in the utility's service area in 2012. A story on this survey appeared in Currents, PG&E's electronic newsletter, on Feb. 20.
PG&E also partners with diverse suppliers to help them compete in a constantly changing supply chain through its Technical Assistance Program. This program includes training in signature initiatives to gain a competitive business advantage (such as Diverse Suppliers Go Green and Diverse Suppliers Are Safe), technical assistance partnerships (Small Business Administration business training) and program and educational scholarships to build capacity (UCLA Management Development for Entrepreneurs Program).
PG&E's Supplier Diversity Department has created dozens of events to support diverse businesses. For example in 2013, PG&E played host to the first "Boots to Business," a workshop designed to help veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses become successful.
"PG&E is on the forefront of supplier diversity," said Randolph P. Sinnott of Sinnott, Puebla, Campagne & Curet. Sinnott's service-disabled veteran-owned law firm started providing PG&E with litigation services in 2011. "With PG&E's support, we've been introduced to other companies in the utility industry and others, for consideration in their supplier diversity programs. PG&E is a true leader in supplier diversity."
Thursday, February 20 2014
Early December 2013 Mr Malusi Gigaba, Public Enterprises Minister, announced that Transnet SOC Ltd awarded a 5-year contract for the supply of fuel, valued at just over R15,5 billion. The contract awarded to nine black and women-owned companies following a competitive bidding process is Transnet's single biggest contract for services or goods to date.
Eight of the nine suppliers were 100% black-owned while five were more than 80% women-owned.
"The successful bidders were assessed on price - which accounted for half of the scoring - supplier development, broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) criteria and technical ability among others. In addition, Transnet conducted a thorough assessment of the short-listed bidders to ensure that all of them had the required capability to service Transnet's operational requirement," Minister Malusi Gigaba commented.
Further, Transnet believes "the award contributes significantly to Transnet's supplier and enterprise development goals, target and ambitions especially in relation to skills development, job creation, technology transfer and rural integrations."
Transnet has been an SASDC Member since 2012. Join the SASDC in recognizing Transnet's commitment to supplier diversity and supplier development practices.
For the official Transet Press Release published 5 December 2013 visit here.
via SABC Digital Newshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqsahcfejHE#t=59
Friday, January 24, 2014
The Black Supplier Input Committee (BSIC) was launched on 29 August 2013. The purpose and mission of the BSIC is to collaborate with the Management Committee and the Board by providing advice and input regarding SASDC programs, identifying collective needs of its constituent certified supplier base and collaborating to find solutions.
Congratulations to the following who were elected as inaugural members of the BSIC Executive Committee:
- Chairman: Mr. Trevor Govender - Managing Director, Swiftair International
- Deputy Chair: Mr. Matome Edmund Modipa -Group CEO, Sebata Group (Pty) Ltd
- Treasurer: Mr. Thuto Mosholi - Managing Director, Matwetwe Engineering & Construction
- Secretary: Ms. Dolly Mbuyane - Managing Director, Nozihle Construction & Projects CC
We are proud to announce that the Black Supplier Input Committee will embark on their first roadshow next week, and is coming to a region near you. The purpose of the National tour is for the BSIC to proactively engage with our suppliers in regions outside of Gauteng, streamlining the communication of supplier concerns and empowering suppliers through a collective voice.
Monday, Jan 27 - Durban (KZN suppliers)
Wednesday, Jan 29 - Cape Town (Western Cape suppliers)
Thursday, Jan 30 - Johannesburg (Gauteng suppliers)
The BSIC looks forward to meeting you, gathering feedback, and hearing your ideas on how the we at the SASDC can better serve our stakeholders and continue to improve our services.
The BSIC announcement first appeared in the December 2013 edition of the Diversity Brief Newsletter. The full newsletter can be read online by clicking here.
Monday, January 20, 2014
According to FirstRand Banking Group Chief Procurement Officer Indrasen Naidoo, bottlenecks created by a lack of communication are one of the major challenges facing the implementation of supplier diversity in corporate procurement in South Africa.
The SASDC was founded in 2011 to alleviate some of these bottlenecks, enabling corporations to identify historically underutilized businesses and reforming procurement processes that create barriers of access of black businesses into their supply chain. “The SASDC is an investment of the heart and a product of passion for breeding corporate South Africa,” says Indrasen who truly believes the SASDC has huge potential to deliver robust SMME solutions.
From 1 April 2012 the South African Supplier Diversity Council’s accumulated reported procurement spend is R92 million. Of the spend total, FirstRand Banking Group accounted for R52 121 802, transacting with a total of 12 SASDC-certified suppliers.
FirstRand is one of the ten founding members of the SASDC. In addition to transacting with SASDC suppliers on a high level, they also hosted five of seven linkage events held in the past financial year, creating a platform conducive for FirstRand and SASDC certified suppliers to engage in business opportunities and demonstrating true leadership as a Supplier Diversity Champion.
To date, the SASDC membership has grown to 27 corporates. However, Indrasen believes there is still much room for substantive growth, noting that the organization is still in the infantile stage of its existence. “As a founding member of the SASDC, we consider our recent efforts to be part of a journey,” says Indrasen. He also expressed great appreciation for USAID who allowed the journey to be possible by initiating the SASDC via funding.
Moving forward, FirstRand will enhance its commitment to supplier diversity by utilizing SASDC suppliers to assist with WesBank division’s Corporate Social Investment initiative. The project is called Villa of Hope and entails a huge piece of land with homes that are in dire need of structural repair and amenities such as plumbing and electricity.
This article first appeared in the December 2013 edition of the Diversity Brief Newsletter. The full newsletter can be read online by clicking here.
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