SAPICS Conference celebrates 40 years of knowledge sharing

Gavin SteelAfrica’s leading knowledge sharing and networking event for supply chain professionals, the SAPICS Conference, kicks off in Cape Town next month.

‘This year marks four decades of bringing together global supply chain professionals in South Africa for the annual SAPICS Conference,’ comments Mungo Park, president of SAPICS – the Professional Body for Supply Chain Management. He says the 40th annual conference, which starts on 10 June, will see more than 850 supply chain practitioners converge at Cape Town’s Century City Conference Centre to expand their knowledge and drive the growth and value of supply chain management across the industries it impacts.

Healthcare supply chains in focus

SAPICS has lined up several specialists to talk on healthcare supply chains. This is in line with the association’s recognition of the critical need to optimise these supply chains, where lives depend on medicines reaching patients when and where they are needed. The National Department of Health’s chief director of sector wide procurement, Gavin Steel will discuss healthcare improvements achieved through an optimised supply chain implementation. ‘His presentation highlights initiatives and plans to address the challenges faced in a country with one of the world’s highest disease burdens and a high prevalence of HIV/Aids, as well as tuberculosis,’ Park reveals.

The conference will also provide a platform for People that Deliver and the National Medical Supply Fund of Sudan to share the success of their collaboration in Sudan. ‘A workshop presented by Jordan-based Samer Almadhoun, who is a board member at the United Nations Global Compact, will highlight humanitarian supply chain learnings from Jordan, which has for many decades been a hub for logistics relief activities in the Middle East,’ he explains.

Win a car at SAPICS 2018

Long-time supporter of SAPICS and conference Gold Sponsor Imperial Logistics is generously offering 2018 delegates the opportunity to enter a competition to win a Renault Kwid. This is in honour of the conference’s anniversary and to celebrate 40 years of promoting supply chain excellence and professionalism.

A case study by Lean Institute Africa CEO, Rose Heathcote will show how effective lean management streamlines patient care. A panel discussion featuring Deborah Dull, supply chains programme officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Trip Allport of Africa Resource Centre will examine why public and private health sectors should work together to improve the delivery of life-saving medicines to vulnerable communities and patients.

For women and against corruption

Pamela SteeleSAPICS is hosting UK-based humanitarian logistics specialist Pamela Steele, whose passion for improving gender diversity in supply chain management led to her co-founding AWESOME – the African Women in Supply Chain Management network – to address gender issues in the health and humanitarian supply chain community. She is also the founder of Teach a Child-Africa. This charity provides schooling to AIDS orphans in her home country, Kenya.

Corruption and the advanced technology that savvy supply chain practitioners should be leveraging feature on this year’s SAPICS Conference programme. Netherlands-based Arjeh van Oijen is recognised as a global expert in blockchain. In his presentation, he will address the key aspects of blockchain technology and its value for supply chains. Dealing with corruption in business when the rules just don’t seem to work is the title of the presentation by Rob Reiche, director of Inclusivity Human Capital Services.

Keynote speakers

Derreck KayongoThe opening keynote speaker is world renowned Ugandan refugee turned entrepreneur, human rights activist and CNN Hero, Dr Derreck Kayongo. After fleeing civil war torn Uganda in 1979, Kayongo became a refugee in Kenya. He later immigrated to America to attend university and was inspired to start the Global Soap Project. This non-profit organisation collects discarded soap from hotels, sanitises and reprocesses it, and distributes it to vulnerable populations worldwide.

Since 2009, it has contributed to a remarkable 30 percent reduction in child deaths globally. Park comments: ‘Derreck’s simple idea is making a significant contribution to the fight against hygiene related diseases, which are killing children in many at-risk communities. Global Soap has given millions of bars of soap to refugees and people affected by natural disasters like the earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal.’

Mind power expert Robin Banks is the conference’s closing keynote speaker. One of the world’s leading authorities on Mind Power and Personal Mastery, his presentations to CEOs and senior management from Global Fortune 500 companies have been rated ‘inspiring and transformative’.

‘We are proud to have an outstanding range of speakers and diverse topics at the 40th annual SAPICS Conference,’ Park concludes.

SAPICS 2018 will be held at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town from 10 to 13 June. For more information, or to register, call +27 (0)11 023 6701, send an e-mail to [email protected], or visit

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