Posted: March 17, 2019
Workplace challenge programme 20-year celebrations draw to a conclusion in the Northern Cape
|The Workplace Challenge Programme’s 20-year celebrations national campaign will come to an ultimate conclusion at a ceremony that will be held at the Sol Plaatjie Hall in Kimberley, Northern Cape, tomorrow 18 March 2019 from 10:00.
The celebration, whose theme is Ensuring Sustainability for South African Enterprises saw the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and Productivity South Africa (Productivity SA) holding events throughout the country to garner support for the uptake of the programme by South Africa companies. The programme is a joint initiative of the dti and National Economic Development Labour Council (Nedlac) that is implemented on a 24-month period with the aim to encouraging and supporting negotiated workplace change to improve productivity and job creation. The programme operates in a form of clusters, facilitated by Productivity SA coaches called Change Facilitators.
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies explains that the hosting of the celebrations in the Northern Cape forms part of a year-long national campaign which has seen similar events hosted in eight provinces already.
“Kimberley will be the last stop of our year-long campaign where we have been consistently calling upon to manufacturing companies to enroll on the two-year Workplace Challenge Programme (WPC) to ensure a sustained improvement in their productivity and competitiveness. We will also share information with Black Industrialists beneficiaries in the Northern Cape on best practices, ways to expand their businesses, and also to assist in their production processes, and to improve their manufacturing competitiveness,” says Davies.
Productivity SA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mothunye Mothiba says the Workplace Challenge Programme is critical for the creation and sustainability of jobs in the country.
“The Workplace Challenge Programme is well-placed to foster economic growth in South Africa. Since 1998, the programme has helped more than 400 companies, employing more than 70 000 people,” he adds.
Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31(1) of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 as a juristic person with a mandate to promote employment growth and productivity, thus contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and economic efficiency.
Mr Sidwell Medupe