Dti work­place pro­gramme sus­tains jobs

Vuk'uzenzele - - General -

THE WORK­PLACE Chal­lenge Pro­gramme equips small and medium en­ter­prises with the means to re­duce poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and in­equal­ity.

The Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try has through the Work­place Chal­lenge Pro­gramme (WPC) sus­tained over 50 000 jobs while a fur­ther 250 have been cre­ated over the last two decades.

Speak­ing at the 20-year an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of the WPC in Bot­sha­belo in the Free State, the depart­ment’s Chief Di­rec­tor of Space Af­fairs Nom­fu­neko Ma­jaja said the pro­gramme has made re­mark­able progress.

“Th­ese fig­ures are a sure sign of progress and we must sus­tain it and forge part­ner­ships with the WPC pro­gramme to sup­port our flag­ship pro­grammes such as the Black In­dus­tri­al­ists Pro­gramme, the In­dus­trial Park Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion Pro­gramme and the Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zones Pro­gramme.

“We also see the WPC Pro­gramme build­ing a com­pet­i­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor within the In­dus­trial Pol­icy Ac­tion Plan,” she said.

The pro­gramme is a joint ini­tia­tive of the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try (dti) and Pro­duc­tiv­ity South Africa (Pro­duc­tiv­ity SA). The pro­gramme is im­ple­mented over a 24-month pe­riod with the aim to en­cour­ag­ing and sup­port­ing ne­go­ti­ated work­place change to im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity and job cre­ation.

Ma­jaja fur­ther men­tioned that en­ter­prises that had par­tic­i­pated in the WPC pro­gramme had been col­lec­tively funded to the tune of R151 mil­lion and had gen­er­ated more than R1.88 bil­lion in to­tal turnover.

Ma­jaja fur­ther out­lined that a web-based mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion sys­tem has since been launched in or­der to mea­sure the im­pact of the WPC on par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) of Pro­duc­tiv­ity SA Mothunye Moth­iba ap­pealed to prospec­tive en­trepreneurs to gen­er­ate ideas amongst each other, to test the fea­si­bil­ity of suc­cess of th­ese ideas and to pur­sue those that demon­strate po­ten­tial of suc­cess.

“We must ac­cept that pro­duc­tiv­ity is the most ef­fec­tive tool to max­imise pro­duc­tion, es­pe­cially amongst our small and medium en­ter­prises as they are the cat­a­lysts for eco­nomic growth. By help­ing our en­ter­prises en­rol on the WPC Pro­gramme we will be equip­ping them with the means to re­duce poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and in­equal­ity,” said Moth­iba.

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