This is PURCO SA

For more than 40 years PURCO SA has facilitated collaboration between southern African institutions of higher learning, negotiated transversal national procurement contracts worth Rbillions, managed complex contracts for Institutions, encouraged knowledge sharing, and delivered significant cash and efficiency savings to the sector and its students.

Purchasing Consortium Southern Africa is a non-profit procurement consortium created by and working for the Higher Education sector in South Africa and Namibia.

Our growing membership encompassed 66 institutions at the end of 2021, including all South African and Namibian public universities, 22 TVET Colleges, and 16 private education providers and allied research and non profit bodies. Our allied members include bodies such as the CSIR, the National Research Foundation, the SABS and the National Health Laboratory Service, among others.

Since PURCO SA started recording contractual savings for Members in 2012, it has delivered almost R1.7 Billion Rand of savings and rebates to Higher Education Institutions in South Africa and Namibia.

Our core offering is our ability to manage effective tender processes and negotiate value-adding contracts through the bulk buying power of our Consortium’s large membership.

Our contracts and tendering services are bolstered by a range of additional services specifically tailored for Higher Education procurement. These additional services include PURQ, our wholly owned academic information platform which provides a centralised repository of some 75% of South African Higher Education academic information; and the PURCO SA Consultancy Service that delivers strategic and task specific interventions as well as executive and operational staff deployments