Johannesburg, 18 October 2021: Finalists of the 4th annual Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards have been announced.  The Awards – presented in partnership with Fetola, Cold Press Media, and Arena Holdings, and sponsored by Absa, showcase supplier development best practice, and are essential for celebrating the efforts of large South African companies which have committed themselves to building thriving, inclusive and transformed supply chains.

“Whilst we are going through challenging times, which have been made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic, enterprise and supplier development presents a golden opportunity to develop resilience in supply chains and strengthen ecosystems,” says Vusi Fele, Chief Procurement Officer at Absa. “It is critical now more than ever for corporates in both the public and private sectors to use their supply chains to help develop and grow small suppliers, who are the real drivers of economic growth and job creation.”

“At Absa, we are delighted to be supporting these Awards for the fourth year in a row, which recognise those large companies that have done well in using their supply chains to build thriving SMEs. On behalf of Absa, I would like to congratulate all the finalists and applaud them for the good example that they are setting for others.”

Catherine Wijnberg, CEO of Fetola and member of the adjudication panel, says: “The quality of the submissions this year was superb. Many of the finalists display a true commitment to a long-term strategic supplier development plan that aims to make a significant difference to small supplier success and local competitive advantage. Even in the face of the Covid19 crisis, the commitment to strengthening our local ecosystem and supporting industry collaboration is evident.” she concluded.

The 2021 finalists (audited by BDO South Africa), in alphabetical order, are:

  • Anglo American Zimele
  • Bidvest Afcom
  • Distell Group
  • Empact Group
  • Exxaro Resources Limited
  • Fidelity Services Group
  • GEMS
  • Ithuba National Lottery
  • Sanlam Foundation
  • Sanofi Aventis South Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • SPAR South Africa
  • Tiger Brands
  • Uyandiswa Project Management Services (Pty) Ltd
  • V&A Waterfront
  • Wunderman Thompson

The 2021 judges are:

  1. Catherine Wijnberg: CEO, Fetola
  2. Sekai Chiwandamira: Regional Chapter Manager, ANDE
  3. Ajay Kanjee: Financial Director, Henley Business School Africa
  4. Vusi Fele: Chief Procurement Officer, Absa Group
  5. Mamosa Motjope: Managing Director, Wamobu Consulting
  6. Nosipho Khonkwane:  Managing Director LEAP Enterprise Development
  7. Michal Pillay: Supplier Diversity, Absa Group
  8. Dr. Rethabile Melamu: General Manager-Green Economy, The Innovation Hub
  9. Christian Kabongo: Black Industrial Specialist: Technical Service, IDC
  10. David Mparutsa: Head Enterprise and Supplier Development Ex SA (Africa)
  11. Elmarie Goosen: Founder, Clinic with Purpose

Winners of the Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards will be announced on 18 November 2021 via a hybrid gala event and digital announcement.

The Awards are complemented by a series of free digitised workshops for Insiders who are part of the SD ecosystem, working through tough times together.

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