Productivity SA boss Mothunye Mothiba says it's time the country got serious about productivity. Lack of productivity is one of its greatest challenges and a major cause of joblessness, he says. "SA needs to embrace a productivity mindset. We should talk about productivity as the catalyst for competitiveness and growth." His remarks come hot on the heels of the presidential jobs summit. Productivity SA is a creature of the 1998 presidential jobs summit. Its creation was a recognition 20 years ago that SA's lack of productivity was making it uncompetitive and destroying job opportunities, and that something urgent needed to be done. Productivity SA was the answer, but Mothiba says a lack of government support has prevented it from making the necessary impact. Its mandate is to help struggling businesses in the small and medium-size enterprise sector become more productive and competitive by sending in specialists to help them manage costs and streamline production lines and operating...

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