October marks Productivity Month in South Africa. Productivity SA, an Entity of the Department of Labour established in terms of section 31 of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014, with the mandate to promote employment growth and productivity thereby contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and competitiveness, has declared the theme for the 2018 Productivity Month as “Productivity: a catalyst for sustainable growth and development”.
The objective of Productivity Month is primarily the promotion of the importance of productivity to every South African and to highlight productivity as a catalyst for sustainable and inclusive growth and development and the creation of decent jobs. Productivity month aims to inculcate a productivity culture and mind-set in all that we do as a country and society. During Productivity Month, the importance of productivity in enhancing economic growth is brought to the fore through a series of workshops and seminars.
Productivity Month initially started as a week of activities whereby efforts around creating awareness on productivity and competitiveness were intensified. Over a decade later the activities have developed into a fully-fledged Productivity Month that has proved to be a landmark annual campaign.
The broader objectives of productivity month are to:
- Inculcate the culture and mind-set of productivity and mobilise all South Africans to embrace productivity as a way of life
- Plant the seed of Productivity as an ongoing quest for making SA a competitive nation
- Emphasize the role productivity plays in economic growth and increasing the standard of living of all South Africans
- Promote Productivity SA programmes and its outcome based solutions in place to assist ailing companies
- Reinforce Productivity SA as a catalyst to inclusive growth and sustainable development
- To raise awareness about the potential role of productivity in growing and developing the economy and competitiveness
The highlight of Productivity Month is the National Productivity Awards event. The National Productivity Awards event aims to recognise and provide a platform to inspire a competitive and productive South Africa. The Entity uses the awards to galvanise all South Africans to embrace the concept of productivity as a way of life, enhance Productivity SA brand and increase our footprint through various activities during the Productivity Month. The celebrations commence by hosting regional awards across the country in the nine (9) Provinces where enterprises which have demonstrated productivity growth, employment growth, wealth and income growth as well as social responsibility are recognised. The Provincial winners vie for the top honours at the National Productivity Awards Gala Dinner, which will take place on the 19th October.
In addition, the National Productivity Awards provides a networking platform for business leaders and it is an opportune moment for industry captains and thought leaders to espouse and share knowledge. The run-up towards the National Productivity Awards has been marked by a series of Regional Productivity Awards and workshops countrywide.
Productivity SA will this year once again embark on an intensive awareness drive during the month of October. The success of previous awareness campaigns has galvanized the institution into ensuring that maximal impact is made during this month.
Labour Minister, Ms Mildred Oliphant is expected to deliver a keynote address.