Best of business sector awarded

Productivity South Africa awarded their top four businesses in the Western Province at the annual Western Cape Regional Productivity Awards at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West recently. From left are Bongani Coka, CEO of Productivity SA, Issy

Four businesses from the Tygerberg area were among the top businesses in the Western Cape at Productivity South Africa’s annual Western Cape Regional Productivity Awards.

This was held at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West on Monday 31 August.

These four businesses, from different business sectors, come from Parklands, Montague Gardens and Elsies River.

They were part of the organisation’s productivity improvement programmes and showed above average growth and productivity. The winners were selected from a group of finalists, who entered this annual competition and will represent the Western Cape nationally on 1 October.

Productivity SA’s aim is to improve productivity and competitiveness in the workplace throughout South Africa. Those businesses who came out tops were corporate sector division winner Bobby Fairlamb from the outdoor clothing company, K-way in Ottery and Issy Engelbrecht from Fingerprint Worker’s Cooperative Ltd in Matroosfontein in Elsies River in the category, Cooperative Sector (small business). In the emerging sector, businesses owner Janec Chovnowski from Gasket andamp; Shim Industries in Montague Gardens, has been in business for a short while, but already started exporting internationally. The public sector winner was the Department of Community Safety. Leslie Morris, a member of the winning team, collected the winning award on the department’s behalf.

Corporate sector winner Bobby Fairlamb said in his acceptance speech, he disagrees with the generalization that South African workers are lazy to work.

“It’s not the workers, but bad management that is the causes of this perception. Workers want to work, but often it is because of managers’ bad planning that they’re not able to. I want to carry this message out as far as possible that managers should do proper planning to be able to lead effectively,” he said.

Productivity SA focuses on providing assistance to individual companies by means of their productivity improvement programmes. The award ceremony wants to motivate companies into adopting productivity as a fundamental tool to be more competitive and alleviate challenges such as poverty and unemployment. Also, it wants to recognise individuals, organisations and communities for their contributions to building South Africa’s productive capacity.

Productivity CEO, Bongani Coka said, “The country’s fight against unemployment intensifies, it is through organisations like these (finalists) that poverty can be tackled holistically. South Africa currently faces major challenges, for example to come up with ways to create employment opportunities, stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty.

“To achieve this and further economic growth, emphasis should be on developing productivity in all sectors of the economy. There need to be a focus on critical growth sectors and on making our enterprises more competitive. We need better access to knowledge, skills, resources and technology especially for previously neglected sectors,” he said.

Four businesses from the Tygerberg area were among the top businesses in the Western Cape at Productivity South Africa’s annual Western Cape Regional Productivity Awards.

This was held at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West on Monday 31 August.

These four businesses, from different business sectors, come from Parklands, Montague Gardens and Elsies River.

They were part of the organisation’s productivity improvement programmes and showed above average growth and productivity. The winners were selected from a group of finalists, who entered this annual competition and will represent the Western Cape nationally on 1 October.

Productivity SA’s aim is to improve productivity and competitiveness in the workplace throughout South Africa. Those businesses who came out tops were corporate sector division winner Bobby Fairlamb from the outdoor clothing company, K-way in Ottery and Issy Engelbrecht from Fingerprint Worker’s Cooperative Ltd in Matroosfontein in Elsies River in the category, Cooperative Sector (small business). In the emerging sector, businesses owner Janec Chovnowski from Gasket andamp; Shim Industries in Montague Gardens, has been in business for a short while, but already started exporting internationally. The public sector winner was the Department of Community Safety. Leslie Morris, a member of the winning team, collected the winning award on the department’s behalf.

Corporate sector winner Bobby Fairlamb said in his acceptance speech, he disagrees with the generalisation that South African workers are lazy to work.

“It’s not the workers, but bad management that is the causes of this perception. Workers want to work, but often it is because of managers’ bad planning that they’re not able to. I want to carry this message out as far as possible that managers should do proper planning to be able to lead effectively,” he said.

Productivity SA focuses on providing assistance to individual companies by means of their productivity improvement programmes. The award ceremony wants to motivate companies into adopting productivity as a fundamental tool to be more competitive and alleviate challenges such as poverty and unemployment. Also, it wants to recognise individuals, organisations and communities for their contributions to building South Africa’s productive capacity.

Productivity CEO, Bongani Coka said, “The country’s fight against unemployment intensifies, it is through organisations like these (finalists) that poverty can be tackled holistically. South Africa currently faces major challenges, for example to come up with ways to create employment opportunities, stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty.

“To achieve this and further economic growth, emphasis should be on developing productivity in all sectors of the economy. There need to be a focus on critical growth sectors and on making our enterprises more competitive. We need better access to knowledge, skills, resources and technology especially for previously neglected sectors,” he said

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