NAVIGATING SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT IN THE POST-COVID-19 ERA
By: Nontobeko Moimane – 31 August 2023
In Attendance- Logistics students
A recent student conference hosted by the Vaal University of Technology’s (VUT) Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management explored the theme of “SCM in the post-COVID era.” The conference highlighted the profound impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global business, particularly in the sphere of Supply Chain Management (SCM). It highlighted the need for a comprehensive comprehension of how SCM has evolved in response to the crisis.
The conference featured insightful discussions, with speakers who are all VUT alumni such as Ms. Puleng Pitikoe and Mr. Sebata Sera from the multinational oil and gas giants, Shell, and Sasol, respectively; Ms. Remoabetswe Mathobela from FordSA and Mr. Sizwe Khoza from Omnia Fertilizer. These industry experts shared their practical experiences and knowledge, guiding students on how to navigate the transformed landscape effectively.
Some of the key takeaways from the conference encompassed the importance of resilience, adaptability, and sustainability in modern supply chain networks. Another resounding sentiment from the presentations was that the pandemic’s lessons have prompted a shift in the way supply chains are conceived, designed, and managed. Students were encouraged to embrace innovation, prioritize ethical practices, and remain accustomed to the dynamic nature of the field.
The speakers, one after the other, encouraged students to strive for excellence in what they do, seek mentors, and conduct thorough research in their chosen fields. Notably, seven all female top-performing students from the 2022 Academic Year were recognized, prompting a call to motivate male students for similar achievements.
The gathering also provided attendees with a valuable platform for gaining insights into SCM’s evolution in the post-COVID era. It empowered students to comprehend the challenges and opportunities that have emerged and equipped them with knowledge to excel in the dynamic world of logistics and supply chain management.
The conference was concluded with an interactive and robust Q&A session, alongside performances by a talented first-year student musician and a short play by Advanced Diploma students.