Supply chain management (SAQA ID 116353)

Supply chain management (SCM) is one of the key mechanisms enabling government to implement policy. Traditionally, SCM has been misunderstood and undervalued. Its strategic importance has not been recognised, and it has been under-capacitated. The negative effects of inefficient public sector SCM, particularly in the procurement phase of the chain, are well documented. Suppliers charge excessive prices; goods and services contracted for and delivered are of poor quality and unreliable; and there is corruption and waste.

Unit standards requirements

SAQA requirements

SAQA ID 116353

NQF level 6

12 credits

Course outcomes

After successful completion of the Municipal Supply Chain Management course, learners should be able to:

  1. Understand the need for transformation of supply chain management (SCM) in the public sector;
  2. Have knowledge of the legislative framework, regulations and guidelines within which SCM must be undertaken and be able to apply them;
  3. Identify and apply the principles of SCM and understand the key strategic nature of SCM in the delivery of government services;
  4. Understand the key elements, concepts and objectives required for inclusion in a SCM policy;
  5. Identify the role-players, structures, processes, systems and resources required to effectively perform the SCM function;
  6. Understand the delegation of power and responsibility within SCM;
  7. Identify potential supply chain risks and understand how they should be managed and mitigated;
  8. Understand the ethical standards and the necessity for full implementation of the codes of conduct relating to SCM;
  9. Understand the general and specific contractual arrangements required to secure and manage supplier contracts.


Current status

Course Features

  • Lectures 20
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 16 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 482
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes
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