PURCON, the annual PURCO SA Conference and Exhibition is a three-day learning, networking and collaboration event for higher education procurement professionals, their colleagues and their supplier partners.


PURCON is the best way to deepen your knowledge about higher education procurement, network, and connect with higher education buyers and decision-makers from almost every South African university, TVET College and their allied institutions.

Join some 600 decision-makers, influencers, buyers and suppliers, over three content-packed conference and exhibition days. PURCO SA’s sixty five member institutions include every South African and Namibian university, a rapidly growing contingent of TVET colleges, and a broad range of allied institutions such as the AHRI, CSIR, SABS, National Research Foundation and others.

The event is designed to maximise collaboration between delegates through knowledge transfer and learning, structured engagement, activities and social functions.

All delegates have access to a mobile Conference App which provides delegate details, the programme as well as  exhibitor contact and marketing information.


The conference includes a comprehensive programme of keynote addresses, plenary and breakaway sessions, interactive presentations, round table discussion forums, and custom workshops.


A core objective of PURCON is to encourage and facilitate collaboration between buyers and their supplier partners.  An Expo with upwards of 60 exhibitors will share their latest information on their products, services and plans,  while being encouraged to participate fully in every aspect of the conference event.  To encourage engagement and collaboration the event includes an incentivised Buyer-Seller Engagement Programme which ensures repeat visits to every exhibition stand.

Suppliers are encouraged to participate in all the conference sessions and evening functions, and exhibition open times are maximised to deliver as much engagement time as possible.




Higher Education institutions:
65 universities, TVET colleges, and allied institutions.


60+ exhibitors

Typical higher education delegates:
Heads of Procurement, Heads of Finance, ICT Executives, Facilities Executives, Buyers, Commodity and Strategic Sourcing Managers, Finance staff, and more.