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Leadership Profile: Marietjie Matthee of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)


This month SmartProcurement profiles Marietjie Matthee from the CSIR

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Position: CSIR Strategic Procurement Manager.
Your organisations’ procurement spend: ± R900 million.
Who does P & SM report to: Executive Director: Services.
Private sector or Public sector: Public Sector.
Core business activity of the enterprise: Research and Development.
Number of people in your P & SM organisation: 12 + support from other departments, as well as many decentralised buyers in the organisation.

Management motto: “Nothing is impossible if you believe!”
Membership of professional bodies: The Institute of Purchasing and Supply South Africa (IPSA), State Owned Enterprises Procurement Forum (SOEPF), and Purchasing Consortium Southern Africa (PURCO).
What is your vision for P & SM: Strategic sourcing should become indispensable to all organisations.
Personal best achievement: Establishing the Strategic Procurement Unit of the CSIR from a two-person IT Procurement office to what it is today.
Most important commodities: Everything you can think of that is needed in a multi-cultural, diverse organisation that does research and development in the Defense, Bio-science, Build, Natural Resources, Manufacturing, Laser Technology environments, etc.
The person that has had the biggest influence on your life: My family and more specifically my dad.
The person that has had the biggest influence on your career: Bets Visser, my Department Head when I started as a teacher in 1985 at Lydenburg Secondary School. Also Raynold Zondo, the Executive Director of Services at the CSIR that is my current manager.
Person you would most like to meet: The man who is going to marry my daughter…

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Businessperson who has impressed you most: Michael Dell.




Your favourite South African organisation:
Your favourite global organisation: The Coca Cola Company.
Your philosophy about life: Your life is a report to God – write it in such a way that you will not be ashamed.
Favourite reading: James Dobson, Karen Kingsbury and John Maxwell.
Favourite music: Light contemporary music, classics and gospel.
Favourite sport: As a spectator, cricket; as a participant, hiking and walking.
Favourite website: News24.
Hobbies: Reading, outdoor living – 4×4 trips, Kalahari visits, etc.
Car: Volvo.
Married: To Karel for 12 years.
Children: Meraki (little miracle) – 10 years.


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