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Enhancing Productivity and Competitiveness for SMMES Inspired Workplace Programme

The Chief Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Department of Trade in Industry (the dti), Ms Nonceba Mashalaba says that enhancing productivity and competitiveness amongst Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) led to the establishment of the Workplace Challenge Programme (WPC) by the dti for the South African manufacturing sector. Mashalaba was addressing stakeholders during the 20-year anniversary celebrations of the WPC hosted in Mahikeng, North West.

The WPC is a joint initiative of the dti and Productivity South Africa (Productivity SA) that is implemented over a period of two years with the aim to encouraging and supporting negotiated workplace change to improve productivity and job creation.

“The programme as a government intervention is aimed at enhancing productivity, profitability and competitiveness of SMMEs in the South African manufacturing sector. It seeks to assist South African enterprises to meet the challenges of entering domestic and global markets by becoming more productive and competitive in order contribute meaningfully in the economy of the country,” she said

Mashalaba further added that the WPC programme continued to directly or indirectly support the dti’s strategic objectives of transforming the economy and promoting industrial development especially looking at its successes over the years.

“I think it is befitting that we commend the good work WPC has done for the past twenty-three years since its inception by sustaining 50 000 jobs and creating a further 250 job opportunities especially under the dark cloud of unemployment South Africa is currently experiencing. The results of the dti investing an amount worth R151 million to bolster the programme has seen a total turnover of close to two billion for the country, so we need to frequently do more with the programme,” she remarked

The Managing Director of Polyanne Papers, Mr Abbey Mathikge said they were pleased with the invaluable experience they have gained from the programme.

“The WPC has really helped me to establish the realignment between employer and employee, and to me that is a big milestone. I have benefitted from both the dti and Productivity SA. Today our company is one of the leading suppliers of tissue paper to one of the biggest retail stores in South Africa. We supply close to 140 loads of tissues which generates a monthly revenue of R500 000,” remarked Mathikge

Mr Sidwell Medupe                     
the dti Departmental Spokesperson
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Mr Maupi Monyemangene
Media Liaison Manager; Productivity SA
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