Events, conferences and exhibitions

PURCO SA offers a full programme of events that provide a platform for collaboration, learning and networking.

Our events programme is well supported by procurement executives, buyers and financial decision-makers from almost every higher education institution in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana, as well as other University staff and many Suppliers who use the event platforms to build and sustain industry connections.

Annual Conference
Our PURCO SA Annual Conference and Exhibition provides a platform where procurement, finance and other higher education professionals come together to share ideas, practical experiences and challenges regarding Public Procurement. The conference is attended by delegates from almost every higher education institution in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. The last Annual Conference was hosted in Cape Town in 2019, and plans are underway to host the event again in 2022.

The parallel Exhibition provides an unparalleled opportunity for suppliers to connect with higher education buyers throughout South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. The event is specifically designed to deliver value to Members and exhibitors, providing maximum collaboration with the procurement and finance decision-makers and influencers who attend.

PURCO SA Ponder
Since we were unable to host our Annual Conference in 2021, we launched a series of virtual events called PURCO SA Ponder in the last quarter. The fortnightly events are available at no cost to Members and Suppliers, and sessions to date have attracted an average of 170 participants per event - with one drawing more than 300 attendees.

Although the Annual Conference and Exhibition will be hosted again in 2022, we will continue to deliver the Ponder sessions as an added-value information and knowledge sharing service for our community.

Member Meetings
In addition to our Annual General Meeting, we host an annual National Meeting alongside the Conference as well as quarterly Regional Meetings. Since the Covid pandemic meetings are also hosted virtually to facilitate broader participation.