sa to host gurus on productivity

Penwell Dlamini

Penwell Dlamini

South Africa will host the 15th World Productivity Congress to highlight the role of productivity in critical challenges facing the continent.

The three-day congress - the first of its kind on the continent - will be held at Sun City from September 21 under the auspices of Productivity South Africa.

The biennial event - it was last held in China in 2006 - of the World Confederation of Productivity Science will bring into South Africa international experts on productivity and chief executives of leading multinationals to discus issues around productivity and competitiveness.

"Success and longevity for most companies mean competing in the global marketplace," Iggy Sathekge, executive manager at Productivity SA, said this week.

"Globally, in order for organisations to achieve success and sustainability, increasingly greater emphasis is being placed on competitiveness within the world marketplace. These are the important factors that shape the global economy."

More than 1400 delegates - academics, government officials, productivity consultants, economists and business executives - are expected to attend the congress, themed "Competing in the global economy: Leading through productivity".

Delegates will come from China, the US, Brazil, Canada, India, Europe and Africa.

"It will provide an opportunity for Africa to highlight critical challenges the continent faces," said Sathekge.

The congress will look at how the most productive businesses achieve their status and how countries can develop sustainable enterprises.

Also to be discussed will be challenges of the emigration of skilled professionals from Africa to developed countries.

Productivity SA is an organisation dedicated to the "development and enhancement of South Africa's productivity, and contributes to socio-economic development, competitveness, and ultimately the general improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans".