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To build the capacity of public service Supply Chain Management officials in planning and executing Strategic Sourcing processes. Strategic Sourcing decisions are generally made at managerial level. However, it will be useful for all Supply Chain officials at different levels in the Public Sector.

The programme is  aligned to  the  basic values and principles governing  public administration  as contained in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 1996, in that it promotes  a high standard of professional ethics, the efficient, economic and effective use of resources and accountability.


Target Group

This course targets Public Sector Supply Chain Management officials, particularly those involved in determining sourcing strategies, procurement of commodities, management of supply relationships, management of bids and contracts, compliance and performance management and execution of supply chain processes. This programme would be of particular importance to Public Sector Commodity Managers, Heads of Supply Chain and managers. The target group includes supply chain officials and managers from all spheres of government, i.e. National, Provincial and Local Government (Municipalities).

Minimum Requirements for Enrollment

  • Mathematical  Literacy and English Communication  skills at NQF 4
  • Understanding of Supply Chain Management framework  including:

*     Demand

*     Acquisition Management

*     Logistics

  • Practical procurement experience
  • Working knowledge of PFMA or MFMA

Learning Outcomes

A learner credited with this unit standard should be able to:

  • Interpret Strategic Sourcing in the context of Supply Chain Management
  • Analyse a commodity portfolio
  • Understand how organization objectives can be impacted by the portfolio/Commodity under review
  • Draft a strategic priority list;
  • Demonstrate   an understanding of strategic sourcing within the context of the wider procurement environment
  • Identify the costs and benefits of continuing with the Strategic Sourcing process

Supply Chain Management and organisational objectives

  • Conduct a landscape assessment
  • Conduct a cost and benefit analysis
  • Form and present a business case to assist stakeholder  decision-making.


This credit-bearing  course is aligned to the following unit standard:

  • 260077,“Conduct initial assessment for strategic sourcing”, pitched at NQF Level 6 with 4 credits.
  • 260097, “Develop a sourcing strategy”, pitched at NQF Level 6 with 8 credits.
  • 260137, “Execute a strategic  sourcing  strategy”, pitched  at NQF Level 6 with 6 credits

Assessment Approach

A summative assessment must be completed to assess knowledge and skills acquired related to the specific outcomes and assessment criteria specified for this course. This assessment will be done through a Post Course Assignment.


This course is presented over two (2) working days.