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March 2016 - Competitiveness Inspires Productivity

March 2016 - Competitiveness Inspires Productivity

Competition within the workplace and in most spheres of life provides a catalyst to achieving outcomes. In essence, human beings perform at a highe...
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Operation Phakisa to fast track NDP

Operation Phakisa to fast track NDP

OPERATION Phakisa is a presidential, results-driven initiative, involving setting clear plans and targets, on-going monitoring of progress and maki...
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Training for productivity

Training for productivity

A WOMAN saunters through the mall window shopping and a handbag catches her eye. She must have it. The bag costs $86 but she has to pay in South Af...
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Social productivity must be taken seriously by authorities

Social productivity must be taken seriously by authorities

PRODUCTIVITY is generally defined according to the narrow confines of the ratio of what we produce (outputs) to the resources we use in the product...
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Manage diversity to improve productivity

Manage diversity to improve productivity

IN ABOUT a fortnight, we will be celebrating Human Rights Day. The commemoration on March 21 is primarily linked to the Sharpeville massacre but ov...
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'Local is lekker so support it'

IT IS said that charity begins at home and this is one phrase that South Africa has to embrace wholeheartedly in order to enable local economic gro...
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Moving forward through innovation and productivity

Moving forward through innovation and productivity

THERE is a saying that one cannot be an artist without creativity. Is this far-fetched? Can we work to become innovative, if we do not have what it...
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Psychological wellbeing makes for worker productivity

Psychological wellbeing makes for worker productivity

"LEAVE your worries at the doorstep." How many of us have heard that phrase reverberate through the hallways of the workplace as employee and emplo...
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Start the New Year with renewed optimism and determination

IN THE past two weeks celebrations have been aplenty as many welcomed the dawn of the New Year. Since time immemorial the start of a fresh year is ...
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Tackling workers' emotional burdens is vital in boosting productivity

Tackling workers' emotional burdens is vital in boosting productivity

"LEAVE your worries at the doorstep." How many of us have heard that phrase reverberate amongst the hallways of the workplace as employee and emplo...
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Strategic industrial relations can bolster worker productivity

Strategic industrial relations can bolster worker productivity

IF ONE were to approach the average person and pose the question - what is the role of unions or management in the workplace, the most likely answe...
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Metal exchange strategy may be necessary to realise economic growth

ACCORDING to statistics released by Productivity SA, the average annual growth rate in the mining and quarrying sector during 2009-10 stood at 5.7%...
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How South Africa continues to excel as a prime tourist destination

BRAND South Africa has provided information detailing on how South Africa continues to excel as a prime tourist destination. According to Brand SA,...
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A stake in ownership can bolster worker productivity

A stake in ownership can bolster worker productivity

THE notion that employees are tools that merely deliver the bottom line has been dispelled in the modern workplace. Subscribing to a model that say...
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Transport, storage, communication sector productivity in positive mode

THE release of the Productivity Statistics 2013 has seen a mixed bag of results, with some sectors performing dismally while others moved a notch u...
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Providing employee recognition boosts morale and productivity

Providing employee recognition boosts morale and productivity

EMPLOYEE recognition is the timely, informal or formal acknowledgement of a person's or a team's behaviour, effort or business result that supports...
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A spell in the gym getting physically fit makes for better productivity

FOR those of us who are a bit long in the tooth, the Latin phrase, "hens Sana in Corpore Sano", translated as, "a sound mind in a healthy body" may...
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Understanding your team and the organisation's strategy

Understanding your team and the organisation's strategy

TEAMWORK is no longer viewed as a glamorous value-add exclusive to high performing businesses, it is viewed as an integral component to the success...
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Prioritisation equates to greater effectiveness

"THINGS which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least," lamented late 18th-century German writer and philosopher Johann...
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The sports and corporate worlds are not so different from each other

THE soccer World Cup concluded recently following an avalanche of goals, shock losses and a win for Germany. Since the spectacle came to an end, ma...
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Value-added products only, please - better, cheaper and also faster

COMPANIES all around the globe find themselves in a different world from a few years ago. They are faced with a market with different demands, a wo...
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Infrastructure is vital to boost jobs

This view is supported by data showing that construction activities recorded the highest growth rate of 4.9% in the first quarter of 2014 VANITY or...
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Beneficiation seems to be top of the government's list to move SA forward

THE five priorities of the South African government are outlined succinctly as education, health, crime prevention, rural development and creation ...
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Time to use 5S concept in schools

Time to use 5S concept in schools

THE quality of education has recently come under renewed scrutiny. What may have driven the upsurge could be the various international comparisons ...
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Technology is key to productivity

Technology is key to productivity

THE education system needs to change with the times. Technology is a key driver for the improvement of productivity at large. The impact of technol...
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Striving for excellence in schools must be a collective responsibility

ONE of the key reasons pupils embarked on the mass march that culminated in the tragedy that became June 16, 1976 was to fight for their right to g...
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Glimmer of hope for competitiveness in South Africa as it moves up a notch

THE recent release of the World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY) 2014 by the Switzerland's Institute of Management Development has called for scrutin...
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Manufacturing sector crucial for economic growth

IN WHAT might put a smile on the faces of most captains of industry and government, South Africa has improved its overall competitiveness according...
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Be competitive and produce to succeed

COMPETITIVENESS is a field of economic theory that analyses the facts and policies shaping the ability of a nation to create and maintain an enviro...
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The tourism sector can generate more jobs

TOURISM is a fast-growing industry which is recognised by the South African government for the role it plays in economic growth and poverty reducti...
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Youth course teaches entrepreneurs values

IN 2011, South Africa's unemployment rate stood at 24.9%, up from 22.9% in 2008, on the eve of the recession. A new youth programme hopes to redres...
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Unlocking the killers of work productivity

THE productivity of individuals may be reflected in employment rates, wage rates, stability of employment and job satisfaction. The productivity of...
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Empowering women creates a productive nation

Talking Productivity MEN'S and women's roles in society have come quite a long way from the days of hunting and gathering; but they are still trans...
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Productivity, human rights and democracy

Each year South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day on the 21st March. Globally Human Rights Day is celebrated on the 10th December in line with the...
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Social dialogue is essential to boost productivity

BY DEFINITION, social dialogue is referred to as communication activity involving social partners. The aim of the communication or dialogue is to i...
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Water demand will outstrip supply by 2025 if something isn't done

THE subject of water productivity is at the centre of both the private and public sectors. The public sector is responsible for providing sustainab...
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Increase your success through being more productive

PRODUCTIVITY sometimes sounds or seems like a very technical term and that most likely leaves the impression on people that it cannot be achieved t...
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Two essential elements of productivity

PRODUCTIVITY is, in simple terms, an overall measure of how well the resources (inputs) are utilised to produce goods or services (outputs). Produc...
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Productivity must not only be defined but measured

PRODUCTIVITY must become a household name even though it means different things to different people. It can range from efficiency to effectiveness,...
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Productivity awareness is key in SA

THE first week of October marks the beginning of Productivity Month in South Africa. Productivity Month was first launched over a decade ago by Pro...
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Working towards productivity without the waste

GREEN productivity, according to the Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), is a strategy for simultaneously enhancing productivity and environment...
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National Productivity Awards 2015

National Productivity Awards 2015

In any event graced by business, labour and government, companies adjudged to be the most productive in 2015 by Productivity SA were bestowed with ...
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Productivity SA awards North West organisations

Productivity SA awards North West organisations

Productivity SA, held an awards ceremony to recognise the winners of the North West Regional Productivity Awards on the 9th of September 2015 at th...
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Productivity SA awards Western Cape organisations

Productivity SA awards Western Cape organisations

The entity responsible for promoting productivity within South Africa, Productivity SA, held an awards ceremony to recognise the winners of the Wes...
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Productivity SA awards Limpopo organisations

Productivity SA awards Limpopo organisations

Productivity SA, held an awards ceremony to recognise the winners of the Limpopo Regional Productivity Awards.

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SA Competitiveness inches lower

SA Competitiveness inches lower

South Africa has taken a drop in its overall competitiveness. The 2015 Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Yearbook (W...
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Adapting Productivity principles to schools

Adapting Productivity principles to schools

Productivity SA is launching a Social Development programme of Productivity Values, which is a beginning of a series of Continuous Productivity Imp...
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