PMB firms win productivity awards

2012-09-27 00:00

ORGANISATIONS based in KwaZulu-Natal that are committed to getting the most out of their inputs were honoured at the KZN 2012 Regional Productivity Awards held at the Sibaya Casino’s Imbizo Conference Centre, north of Durban, on Tuesday night

The winners included two well-known Pietermaritzburg organisations, Somta Tools and NGO Project Gateway.

Sancryl Chemicals and the Makari Agricultural Co-Op Ltd also walked away with awards.

Productivity SA, the government’s pre-eminent custodian of productivity, in collaboration with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in KZN, held the awards ceremony.

The annual event is a precursor to the National Productivity South Africa Awards, which will take place during Productivity Month, October.

Fifteen companies were short-listed for the KZN round.

Productivity SA board chairperson Alwyn Nel said: “The concept of the awards is based on the premise that developing productive capacity, in a broader social context is concerned with how well available resources in South Africa are utilised to generate well-distributed wealth, both tangible and intangible.”

MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Mike Mabuyakhulu, who delivered the keynote address, said productivity was at the core of promoting entrepreneurship in the country.

“In order to address the challenges we face, we need entrepreneurs who are able to innovate and come up with new inventions.

“We would want to encourage innovation and creativity,” Mabuyakhulu said.

In these awards, Productivity SA acknowledged all the businesses and enterprises that contribute to South Africa’s productivity capacity.

— Business Editor.

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