Top performing companies in Limpopo receive awards: “Improved productivity and competitiveness vital for job creation”
The winners for the annual Limpopo Regional Productivity Awards were announced at an event held yesterday at the pristine Bolivia Lodge, Polokwane. The entity responsible for promoting productivity within South Africa, Productivity SA and The Limpopo Provincial Government Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), held an awards ceremony to recognize top performing companies in Limpopo.
Speaking at the Limpopo Regional Productivity the Chief Executive Officer of Productivity SA, Mr Mothunye Mothiba said “the creation of more jobs is the best way of overcoming the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality that faces South Africa”. The MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism in Limpopo Mr Seaparo Sekoati, delivered the keynote address. Seaparo said “in order to be successful Limpopo businesses need continuous improvement in their processes and systems”. The MEC said “as government, we are very proud of those entrepreneurs who have embraced the concept of the continuous improvement” he said.
Mothiba concurred and said “all South Africans agree on the need for the revival of the country’s struggling economy with GDP growth projected to go below 1%. The legislative mandate of Productivity SA is to promote employment growth and productivity thereby contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and competitiveness, as contemplated in section 31 of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014. “
The Act enables Productivity SA to intervene in businesses that are facing retrenchments and assist with implementing turnaround strategies. However, Productivity SA does not only intervene in distressed companies, but also helps companies improve their productivity and help them attain and retain world class standards.
As an entity of the Department of Labour (DoL), Productivity SA is closely aligned with the department’s role of reducing unemployment, poverty and inequality through a set of policies and programmes developed in consultation with social partners, aimed at improved economic efficiency and productivity plus Skills development and employment creation. Addressing over a 100 delegates at the event, Mothiba said “research around the world has shown that the Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement was a key anchor to successful economies. He said such countries also embraced small and medium enterprises as the engine of their economies”.
“What is different about them is that enterprises contribute over 60% to employment creation and 35% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” Mothiba said. The criteria for the awards included the impact that was achieved by the business, the productivity improvement and to what extent was the staff involved in the enterprises.The Limpopo award ceremony form part of other regional awards held countrywide which will culminate in the national award event in Johannesburg on October 19.
The winners for Limpopo Regional Productivity Awards for 2018 are:
Punda Maria Bricks
Risima Housing Finance Corporation (Pty) Ltd
High Wave Co-operative
Mutale Intergrated Energy Co-op
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