The government entity tasked with promoting productivity and employment growth in South Africa has launched Productivity Month 2017. During Productivity Month, October, the importance of productivity in enhancing economic growth is brought to the fore through a series of productivity workshops, awards and seminars.
The highlight of Productivity Month is the National Productivity Awards. The rationale behind Productivity Month is to showcase, share ideas, methods and perspectives on how companies can improve productivity whilst recognizing top-performers.
The run up towards the National Productivity Awards has been preceded by the Regional Productivity Awards which were held in the provinces.
The broader objectives of productivity month are:
- To promote productivity within South African industry
- To raise awareness about the potential role of productivity in growing and developing the economy
- To promote Productivity SA programmes and its outcome based solutions in place to assist ailing companies
- To increase South Africa ‘s competitiveness
The National Productivity Awards function for 2017 will be held as follows:
Date: 20 October 2017
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
Venue: Hall 3, Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Drive, Midrand
The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant will be the Keynote speaker on the night.
The awards are adjudged out of four categories, the Emerging, Corporate, Public and Cooperative Sector. The criteria employed to adjudge finalists includes the impact of productivity on the bottom line of profit-making enterprises and the impact relative to costs for non-profit-making entities.