The Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards celebrate companies that are building a better South Africa and an inclusive economy through innovative and impactful Supplier Development initiatives. The awards, conceptualised by Fetola, seek to acknowledge and recognise corporates who go beyond the scorecard, foster learning and build a community of best practice, and encourage a collaborative spirit in industry.

Presented in partnership with Fetola, Cold Press Media and Arena Holdings, this initiative is aimed at corporates, parastatals and government institutions across various sectors, with annual turnover above R10 million, who implement Supplier Development programmes within their own supply chains and are changing the landscape in Supplier Development.

Application Process

This year, a nationwide call for applications was distributed. We received entries from a wide range of participants, including nearly 40 qualifying large organisations.  A shortlist of 24 applicants, who met all competition requirements and showed merit, were invited to submit further information about their programmes. These applications were narrowed down through a technical screening process shaped by a specialist Advisory Panel.

Our Advisory Panel

These key influencers in the Supplier Development and Sustainability space provided guidance and expertise, helping to ensure that the 2020 Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards lead the sector. They include:

  • Michael Reddy – CEO of Furntech
  • Jonathon Hanks – Director of Incite
  • Carlo Vizzi – Head: Enterprise and Supplier Development, the City of Cape Town
  • Johan Louw – CEO, Aguru Business Solutions
  • Christoff Oosthuysen – Business Development and Enterprise Development specialist, The EPI and
  • Guy Harris – Entrepreneurship, education, governance and mentoring specialist.

Judging Process

The awards focus on Supplier Development itself, the initiatives that are taking place within the corporate/government entity and the suppliers being developed. On careful review, 11 finalists, who clearly demonstrated excellence “beyond the scorecard” were selected to go through to the judging round. These finalists were invited to a pitching session to convince the judges why their programme had the winning edge.

Our judges were looking for winners who have

  • shown commitment to building thriving and inclusive South African supply chains;
  • embraced Supplier Development as a long-term strategic priority and driver of competitive advantage; and
  • found ways to foster industry collaboration and commit to best practice in the ecosystem.

The Judges

The following judges were selected based on their reputation, integrity and experience in the sector:

  • Sekai Chiwandamira – Regional Chapter Manager, ANDE;
  • Karen Nadasen – Chairperson, EFSA and CEO, PayU;
  • Desigan Chetty – Chief Operating Officer, Property Point: A Growthpoint Initiative;
  • Nicola Robins – Co-founder and Director, Incite;
  • Rethabile Melamu – General Manager, Green Economy, The Innovation Hub;
  • Mamosa Motjope – Managing Director, Wamobu Consulting;
  • Christoff Oosthuysen – Business Development and Enterprise Development specialist, The EPI;
  • Nosipho Khonkwane – Executive Manager, SEDA;
  • Sebastian Musendo – Head -Supply Chain Strategy & Transformation, Transnet;
  • David McGluwa – Head: Small Business Finance and Regions, IDC;
  • Michal Pillay – Supplier Diversity, Absa Group Limited; and
  • Vusi Fele – Chief Procurement Officer, Absa Group Limited.


Winners were awarded in the following categories:

  1. Newcomer Award – sponsored by Absa – acknowledging companies that have recently initiated a new strategic Supplier Development programme or project and show merit in design thinking, innovation and commitment to growth;
  2. Youth Development Award – acknowledging initiatives that are achieving exceptional results in supporting youth suppliers;
  3. Black women Development Award – sponsored by Cold Press Media – acknowledging initiatives that are achieving exceptional results in supporting black women suppliers;
  4. Rural & Township Development Award – acknowledging initiatives that are achieving exceptional results in supporting rural and township-based suppliers;
  5. Skills of the future (4IR) – sponsored by SoluGrowth – acknowledging initiatives that are achieving exceptional results in supporting suppliers with cutting –edge, scarce 4IR skills;
  6. Local Manufacturing Award – acknowledging companies who have developed local South African manufacturers or value add services and products with import-substitution and/or export potential;
  7. Collaboration Award – sponsored by Fetola – acknowledging companies who have taken strategic action to develop industry relationships and foster cross-sector collaboration for the benefit of the wider ecosystem;
  8. Small Supplier Award – partnership with SEDA – acknowledging companies who have the exhibited innovation, leadership and authenticity in the promotion of small suppliers;
  9. Impact Award – sponsored by Business Day – acknowledging companies whose Supplier Development initiatives have been shown to substantially impact the value chain, provide evidence of return on investment and scale of impact (Judges Award); and
  10. Overall Winner – Sponsored by Absa – acknowledging the company that stands out as overall leaders in the Supplier Development in South Africa (Judges Award).

Sharing the learning

The Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards are about more than recognition. The awards showcase best practice and encourage corporate South Africa to collectively advance their Supplier Development initiatives through shared learning and collaboration.

The judging process and the reasoning behind their decisions are made public so that the lessons learnt and best practice are shared – and the results are benchmarked for year-on-year comparison and collated in this report with the latest information on practices in South Africa.

Together we can do more to make a lasting impact on the South African economy!

Find out more: www.sdawards.co.za Contact 086 111 1690 | info@sdawards.co.za