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South Africa Government : Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries hands over financial and procurement irregularities investigations to Police


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August 7th, 2012
DAFF hands over the investigations in the fisheries branch to the SAPS

6 Sep 2012

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has officially handed its investigation into suspected financial and procurement irregularities, maladministration, and corruption in the Fisheries Branch of the department to the South African Police Services (SAPS).

“The investigation is effectively out of the hands of the department and the Minister. Once complete, the SAPS will advise the department on appropriate actions to be taken,” the acting director general, Sipho Ntombela confirmed.

In March 2012, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, initiated a forensic investigation into the award and multiple extensions of the vessel management function to a shipping management company. Essentially the investigation had to establish whether there were irregularities in the past tenders and management thereof awarded to the company and to its business associates. Smit Amandla Marine has been providing the vessel management function to Government for the past 10 to 12 years.

The investigation mentioned above has reached a critical stage and the department has thus decided to hand it over to the SAPS for finalisation.

“The initial investigation was carried out by a reputable forensic firm that uncovered that there are possible cases of corruption in the Fisheries branch. The investigation by the SAPS is a culmination of this process”, Ntombela concludes.

Below please find a timeline of the events leading up to the handing over of the case to the SAPS:

Timeline:

  • 2000 to 2005: The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism awards Smit Amandla Marine a tender for five years
  • 2005 to 2010: The contact is extended for another five years, no tender process
  • 2010: Contract is extended for a year
  • 2011: Contract is extended for a year
  • March 2012: Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries initiates investigation into the matter
  • August 2012: Initial findings reveal possible irregularities in procurement, financial management and corruption

Procurement Leaders Need to Challenge Tradition to Build a Resilient and Agile Function


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By IQPC Exchange

August, 24, 2012

LONDON, August 24, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ —

CPO Exchange releases results of pan-industry, C-level procurement survey:

  • 83% of procurement leaders agree that they need to rethink their procurement strategies to better position their organisations to tackle present and future challenge
  • 57% are aiming for cost reduction and better control of spend to improve efficiencies and gain greater influence in the organisation;
  • 45% of respondents are looking to improve stakeholder management and communication and;
  • 39% aim to streamline internal processes through deployment of procurement technologies.

Over the last six months IQPC Exchange spoke with a pan industry group of C-level procurement leaders spanning Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East to find out what strategies they have put in place to safeguard their organisations in the unsettled economic and political climate and how are their procurement departments are responding to the fact that volatility is the new ‘normal’.

83% of procurement leaders agree that they need to rethink their procurement strategies to better position their organisations to tackle present and future challenges. Consequently, procurement risk management and supplier risk management came up as a top priority for 62% surveyed.

Gathering business intelligence about their suppliers and key markets, closely monitoring critical KPIs and spreading their risk by having more suppliers are further strategies mentioned.

Livia Trubenova, Head of Research at the CPO Exchange, commented on the results: “This fascinating survey is just the start of our continuing research with CPOs. We can already see that procurement leaders are working on growing the influence of and recognition for the procurement function within their organisations I look forward to the lively debate and benchmarking at the next CPO Exchange!”

The CPO Exchange will be releasing expert views on these and other topics through speaker interviews and updated research findings with C-level procurement leaders on the CPO Exchange website http://www.cpoexchange.co.uk/PR. You can get involved by joining the CPO Exchange group on LinkedIn CPO Exchange to engage with leading procurement professionals.

The CPO Exchange is an invitation only event which brings together the most forward-thinking leaders in procurement to discuss strategic issues shaping their and your business agenda. This forum offers a perfect setting for leaders in procurement to network, benchmark and discuss effective business strategies. Attendees will tailor their agenda by selecting from a range of keynote presentations, lively panel debates, peer sharing roundtable discussions, interactive BrainWeave sessions and one-on-one business meetings of their choice.

For details of solution provider opportunities or to request your invitation, please get in touch with CPO Exchange team via exchangeinfo@iqpc.com or visit http://www.cpoexchange.co.uk/PR.

* Senior procurement professionals

About IQPC Exchange

IQPC Exchange provides business executives around the world with tailored practical conferences, large scale events, topical seminars and in-house training programmes, keeping them up-to-date with industry trends, technological developments and the regulatory landscape.

Contact:

Beata Majcher+44(0)20-7368-9404

SOURCE  IQPC Exchange

80 years of CIPS: 2007-2012


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7 June 2012 | Nick Martindale

CIPS has gone from strength to strength in the past five years, says Nick Martindale, putting procurement firmly on the global map.

The past five years have seen CIPS cement its place as the leading global organisation for procurement and supply management and further its reputation and presence around the globe.

The appointment of David Noble as chief executive in 2009 has been key to the organisation’s ongoing development, drawing on his background in senior, board-level positions inIMINovar and Honeywell. In taking on the post, he became the first procurement professional in the top job in more than 20 years.

With the UK and most of the rest of the world in recession, Noble pledged to help put procurement at the heart of organisations. “There’s never been a better time to be in this profession,” he said. “Chief executives are looking to procurement to ensure they maintain and grow their businesses. In this economic environment, growth is not going to come from marketing and sales, but from how well you manage your resources.”

His was not the only notable appointment, however. Dr Bola Afolabi, project director for the Nigerian National Oil company, was named international president for 2008-09, becoming the first non-European in the role. Former chief executive Ken James, meanwhile, who led the organisation from 2001 to 2008, was awarded an OBE for public service in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2008, while the appointment of David Smith, commercial director at the Department for Work and Pensions, as 2011-12 president also demonstrated the ability of both the organisation and procurement to influence at the very highest levels…Read more.

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