Proudly South African is the country’s only official Buy Local campaign. The annual Buy Local Summit & Expo is its flagship event which for the first time in 2017 was extended to two days. The 2018 7th edition of the Summit & Expo will take place on 14 & 15 March at the Sandton Convention Centre.2017 SUMMIT VIDEO 2016 SUMMIT VIDEO Register
Day 1 is entirely devoted to SMMEs and entrepreneurs. The full day programme running from 10h00-16h00 will be run by Leanne Manas and will include sessions on financial support programmes, delivered by sponsors Standard Bank. We will look at supplier development programmes and how they offer an entry to market for small enterprises. Panelists who will speak about their respective initiatives include Tsogo Sun, AB Inbev and Massmart.
If you’re not ready to go big just yet, we have an exciting talk on growing your brand and building supply capacity by trading at festivals, fairs and pop up markets. Lloyd Cornwall, the founder of the DSTV Delicious International Food & Music Festival has seen traders who have attended his festival go on to flourish and grow.
And all the time, running concurrently with the speaker programme we will have a number of organisations and institutions in attendance ready to help you with administrative, legislative and compliance issues such as CIPC, the dti, SARS, SEDA, SEFA, UIF amongst others.
And the event is FREE to attend. Register online at www.buylocalsummit.co.za. Last year we were over subscribed for the 600 spaces available, so be sure to register as soon as possible.
The focus of Day 2 is on the business of local procurement under the theme ‘Local Procurement: Policy or Preference’. Also free to attend this is going to be booked out very quickly. Who should be doing more to promote buying local, the government or private sector? Find out what business and government officials think in a panel facilitated by Andile Khumalo. And find out which political party pledges to do more for local procurement in their 2019 election manifestos in what promises to be a fiery discussion hosted by talk show host Redi Tlhabi.