In response to the local communities’ request to be included in its supply chain management, the Sol Plaatje University (SPU) hosted its procurement open day on Friday (30/11) on the central campus.The aim of the event was to inform local community members about the university’s procurement processes and the means needed to be involved in the supply chain. The day was also to provide open, transparent, effective and efficient supply chain management, ensuring value for money and good quality service delivery. Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprise (SMME) owners from the province were invited to learn, ask questions and receive information from the different stakeholders and from the on-site information stalls available. The university also invited its current contractors and subcontractors to share the experience they have had with the procurement process and to share advice on what businesses need in order to comply to the procurement processes. Adelaide Mabilo, owner of Shebang Construction, is a local subcontractor of Qualicon. She describes her construction journey as being frustrating. Since the establishment of her company, she has been dropped from various projects due to a lack of funds. However, since she has started working with Qualicon, which is a contractor of the SPU, she has experienced smooth sailing with the organisation. Mabilo advised local businesses to take care of their employees and not be in the business of “self-enrichment”.When asked about future services on campus, Christine-Ann Paddon, director of facilities and infrastructure, said that the university was not in the business of infrastructure and construction, but in the business of supporting the day-to-day running of the university. She also stated that, with that said, on-campus services would always be in support of the short-term needs of the students.