Transformation and professional supply chain designations top the agenda of new SAPICS president

Keabetswe Mpane has been appointed president of SAPICS (The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management).

Having served as a director of SAPICS for five years, Mpane asserts that she has the experience, energy and determination to propel the association into a new era of professionalism and transformation. Supply chain management is increasingly recognised as a driver not just of organisational competitiveness, but of thriving economies. “The professionalisation of supply chain management has never been more critical than it is today, in our increasingly global, challenging, complex and dynamic business environment,” Mpane stresses, noting that one of her priorities as SAPICS president will be achieving professional designations for African supply chain professionals.

Transformation also tops her agenda. “Bringing transformation to this challenged industry will contribute to the economic revitalisation our country,” she contends. Mpane’s leadership skills saw her recognised as a finalist in “Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government” Awards in 2014. Mpane is Transnet Rail Engineering’s head of department for logistics and compliance.

Two new directors invited to join the SAPICS board are Nat Maelane and Werner Pelser. Maelane is a seasoned supply chain leader with 37 years’ experience in organisations across multiple sectors and in numerous SOEs. His contribution to SAPICS will be in the areas of corporate governance, strategic direction, transformation and the continued professionalisation of supply chain management. Maelane was a founding member of the Institute of Purchasing South Africa (IPSA) and subsequent Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). He is currently an exco member of Sappi SA and board member of ECIP SPV1 and PAMDEV NPC. Pelser is group logistics director at Mr Price Group.

SAPICS directors elected to the board at the association’s recent AGM are MJ Schoemaker and Kamogelo Mampane. Schoemaker has over 30 years of global supply chain experience across sectors that include FMCG, technology and pharmaceuticals. Mampane is the founder and chief executive officer of TK Global Experts. He serves as advisory board chairperson on the State-Owned Enterprises Procurement Forum (SOEPF) and is also the chairperson of the Tshwane University Supply Chain and Logistics Advisory Board. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply in the United Kingdom (CIPS).

Richard dos Santos has been re-elected to the SAPICS board, while Sorab Mullan and outgoing SAPICS president Mungo Park retain their positions as directors.

Colin Seftel and Tracy Cheetham’s terms as directors came to an end this year, while Ralton Moses has retired from the SAPICS board due to work commitments.