Eastern Cape investors and existing companies are able to manage their human resources through customised systems developed specifically for South African requirements.
“Over the past five years the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has invested some R6 million in the development of a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) with an embedded knowledge management system,” says Meike Wetsch, CDC Human Capital Services (HCS) manager.
Based on the experience gained by HCS during the construction phase of the Coega IDZ and the successful management of a number of other mega projects, the system is fully owned by the CDC and is free of external licencing.
This means that the CDC is able to share its local knowledge and systems with other organisations in the Eastern Cape and the rest of South Africa.
“It is now possible to provide systems on a user basis to external clients, and to provide client social facilitation teams with management, strategic and systems support.
“We find that our labour forecasting and economic impact models generate far more value for clients if the research and data are combined with a service offering that includes interventions and implementation by CDC-trained personnel,” she says.
Unique aspects to human resource management in South Africa include greater involvement with the community in which projects are being rolled out, as well as country-specific legislation, she says.
HCS is also making available its World Bank multi-dimensional poverty assessment instruments to design projects aimed at social change and economic transformation.
“In South Africa the design of skills development plans must be accompanied by social facilitation if they are to succeed,” she says.
HCS is providing its social facilitation systems to other state-owned entities and government departments.
The system is being used for a growing number of projects outside the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), she adds.
“Particular attention over the next few years will be paid to the maritime industry. HCS served on the National Task Group convened by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to develop a Maritime Skills Strategy for South Africa.
“HCS continues to contribute to the National Maritime Manufacturing Skills Working Group in support of Operation Phakisa.
“A second sector that will be prioritised is the nuclear industry in preparation for the proposed building of a nuclear plant at Thyspunt.
“HCS serves on the national nuclear skills working group convened by the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA).
“It is also contributing to the economic studies, in particular the norming of the International Atomic Agency’s GCE Equilibrium Model and norming the model for South African standards,” concludes Wetsch.
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