Lebo Letsoalo

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The South African economy struggles largely with inadequate skills, jobs creation and corruption. There is a dire need to develop globally competitive skills if we are to develop industries that’ll create sustainable employment opportunities for all South Africans. Additionally, the need for thriving small-medium enterprises capable of becoming sustainable businesses depends on capable entrepreneurs, and therefore the need for entrepreneur training programmes and, professional and graduate skills development programmes.

The second challenge is, the unethical and corrupt practices throttling the public and private sectors in our economy, most prevalent in the past decade. This emanates from how procurement activities are positioned within various organisations.

The solution is a revamp of the activities within supply chain sector,upskilling  and thought leadership in the industry. Lebo Letsoalo established AWISCA, and subsequently, The Supply Chain Coach Lab for a more broad-based African solution across private and public sectors, the SME and the higher education sector.

My purpose is to make an impact by providing thought leadership in Africa, thereby leading transformation in the global economy, starting from the African continent. This is with an intent of  instilling a sustainable corruption-free, prejudice-free, skills for a global future and good governance in the supply chain fraternity in both private and public sectors, and infant domestic industries.

Who is Lebo Letsoalo?

Lebo is the current Chairperson of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Seta (merSETA), and Director of the Black Industrialist Group (BIG).

Lebo serves in various boards including  Booyco Engineering, Ibis Consulting and Kwazulu Natal Maritime Cluster. She is a member of the advisory committee of universities SA to ensure alignment between industry requirements and supply chain curricula offered by universities.

She has also held the Chairpersonship of the Southern Africa Shippers Transport & Logistics Council (SASTALC) .

She provides supervisory coaching  for MBA and MBL students at UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership and also functional mentorship and coaching for UNISA’s Entrepreneurs, as part of its SMME development initiatives. She is a member of the advisory committee of some universities in SA to ensure alignment between industry requirements and supply chain curricula offered by universities.

In over two decades working in the industry, Lebo, she has held various roles, including executive positions and portfolios within different industries including the energy, chemicals and mining sectors.

In more recent years, she has founded and established a couple of startups and organisations including her supply chain advisory organisation, Sincpoint, African Women In Supply Chain Association (AWISCA ) and House of Delicacies.

She is a former Vice President of Supply Chain at Sasol. Other multinational companies where she’s held professional & executive roles includes Eskom, DeBeers, Fluor and IBM.

Lebo has been profiled as one of the Top 10 most inspiring women within SOEs in Africa by Financial Mail. She contributes to radio on Entrepreneurship and Supply chain related matters.

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