CEO's Note

As we enter August, we bid goodbye to the month of July during which the international community commemorated the life of Nelson Mandela. As a country we rolled up our sleeves and gave back during the 67 minutes on July 18.

August marks one of the most important months in the South African calendar, Women’s month. Women’s Month takes place against a backdrop of an increase in the levels of violence and brutality against women and children in our society and very high levels of unemployment. South Africa’s unemployment rate has gone up to 29 %. About 42 % of the unemployed citizenry is women.

It is very clear that a lot is yet to be done if we are to really honour the memories of the 20 000 women who marched to the Union Building on August 9, 1956 in protest of the extension of Pass Laws.

As Productivity SA, we believe in the power of productivity. Our goal is to lead and inspire a productive South Africa, thereby growing the economy and increasing our country’s competitiveness within the global market. The mandate of Productivity SA is to enhance the productive capacity of all South Africans. As we carry out our mandate, we are hopeful that we will constructively contribute towards curbing the on-going growth of unemployment.

The strategic focus of our Enterprise Support Programmes into the MTSF 2019 – 2024

During the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF), Productivity SA will place emphasis on assisting South Africa to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for sustainable development with a focus on:

1) Enterprise competitiveness and sustainability including enhancing the appropriate capacities of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Co-operatives to adopt world-class productivity enhancement best practices, focusing on products, processes and people;
2) supporting enterprises facing economic distress to minimise the retrenchment of employees or initiatives aimed at preventing job losses; and
3) to provide value-added information on productivity and competitiveness, as well as best practice productivity and competitiveness systems through research activities and databases.

Focus will be targeted at:

• Scaling up the Enterprise Competitiveness and sustainability Enhancement programme (WPC) leveraging the Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) Model targeting SMEs, particularly those owned by black people and women, with a focus on township and rural economy as well as the SEZs and Industrial Parks.

• Enhancing the capacity of the Business Turnaround and Recovery Programme to accelerate our support to the implementation of the Presidential Jobs Summit Framework Agreement concluded on the 4th October 2018. The interventions will include more innovative, worker-friendly measures and turnaround strategies to assist companies facing challenges, and to finding solutions to unlock the bottlenecks identified in the creation and retention of jobs. We will collaborate more with appropriate international development partners, including the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to develop and implement comprehensive interventions designed to divert firms to sustainable growth paths.

Productivity SA aims to be the champion of productivity in South Africa and carry out its mandate and strategy by highlighting the fact that productivity matters and that productivity has influential consequences on the growth of our economy.

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