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Friday, 16 October 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mpho Maseko
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On 14 October 2015, The Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations (APSO), which is South Africa and Africa’s largest professional body representing staffing and workforce solution firms of all sizes and specialties, announced the election of its new Board of Directors: Jacqui Ford (CEO), KC Makhubele (President), Amita Slabbert (Vice President), Lerato Motsamai, (Vice President), Ronald Van Der Sluys (Treasurer), Nazrene Mannie (Professional Development Standards Chair), Roly Boardman (Ethics & Professional Practice Chair), Ian Greenspan (IT), Huida Shenker (Compliance), Konrad Bryczkowski (Head of Regional Chair Representatives).

The newly elected President has a long history in the industry and has held senior profile roles at companies like the JSE listed Primeserv Group Limited, Damelin, Khulisa Social Solutions and of course currently serving as Managing Executive: Marketing and Strategic Relationships at Quest Staffing Solutions, an Adcorp Group company.

Makhubele is enthusiastic about taking on the role of President and when asked what the future holds for the country’s labour market, he says, “While South Africa’s competitiveness ranking has increased slightly, a number of labour market factors stand out as a concern for local businesses as well as international organisations looking to expand in the country.”

This is in reference to the recently released World Economic Forum (WEF) 2015 to 2016 Global Competitiveness Report.

The report - which provides an overview of the competitive performance of 140 economies - ranks South Africa in the top 50 of 140 countries at position 49 – gaining seven places from the previous year.

However, the report also reveals concerning factors specifically relating to the country’s labour market.

Makhubele says, “South Africa is ranked number 138 in terms of hiring and firing practices, 127th in pay and productivity and came in at number 140 - last place - with regards to cooperation in labour-employer relations.”

He says, “It is imperative for us to strive for our current labour market rankings to reach the benchmarks of our global counterparts. When it comes to attracting new talent in South Africa there must be a stronger focus on labour-employee relations. Employees working in below par working environments are having to take their case further legally especially if the complaint is not in line with the Labour Relations Act.

This also increases the likelihood of labour unrest, strikes and ‘go slows’ which has an extremely negative impact on business as well as the economy as a whole.”

As incoming APSO President, Makhubele and the new Board have a vision for the future of the labour market in South Africa and are set to pave the way to assist local and international businesses with their human resources and staffing requirements in an effort to attract and retain talented employees.

He says, “The staffing industry has an important role to play in improving the economy of the country. APSO will continue to professionalise and advance the industry through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices.”

To this end APSO has already rolled out the only South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) accredited staffing industry qualification of its kinds offering three (3) professional designations specific to the industry, namely: Individual Staffing Practitioner (ISP) at the entry level, Individual Staffing Professional (ISPr) at medium level and Individual Staffing Master (ISM) at the more advanced research level.

He adds, “APSO members agree to adhere to a strict code of ethics that guides their operations and their interactions with candidates, employees, competitors and clients.”

Makhubele is openly critical of corporates who continue to use illegitimate and rogue recruitment/staffing companies, who ultimately tarnish the image of an otherwise respectable and important industry. One of the easiest way to root out these rogue agencies is to insist on an APSO certificate.

He also slams organisations who put out tenders to procure the services of staffing organisations, when the tender itself does not comply with the requirements of the law and staffing practice, thereby encouraging or even forcing their suppliers to operate outside of the law. He encourages such companies to seek guidance on how to correctly craft such tenders from organisations like APSO.

With a new Board and President, and with the recent appointment of the new APSO CEO, Jacqui Ford, the organisation has a great foundation and is in a strong position to make long-term and lasting results in the recruitment industry.

“We have an opportunity to change the negative perception of our country's productivity and cooperation in labour-employer relations. So much can be achieved in the South African labour market and I am certain as an organisation, APSO will be at the forefront of this change”, Makhubele concludes.


About The Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations (APSO)

The Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations (APSO), previously known as the Association of Personnel Services Organisations, is South Africa and Africa’s largest professional body representing staffing and workforce solution firms of all sizes and specialties. Established in 1977, APSO has 38 years’ experience in the space and has continually proven its commitment to the professionalisation of the industry, raising standards and highlighting excellence. Granted ‘professional body’ status by SAQA, APSO represents recruitment and staffing organisations, recruitment and staffing individuals and also represents corporate members who have a vested interest in the industry. In addition to ongoing efforts in advocacy, research, education and the promotion of high legal, ethical and professional practice standards, APSO provides guidance to member agencies as well as client companies and job seekers and has, in turn, advanced the interests of the industry. APSO ensures that members remain informed and up-to-date on the laws and regulations that impact the staffing industry. While the professional body does not impose restrictions on the services that member agencies provide, nor the fees and guarantees they offer their clients, members are bound by a Code of Ethics and Codes of Professional Practice which seek to ensure professionalism amongst all members. These efforts assist employment organisations by navigating the legal and legislative landscape; promote the industry’s interests to lawmakers, regulators, media and the business community. In addition to being a proud member of the International Confederation of Employment Associations (CIETT), and a founding member of - and the largest association within - the South African Confederation of Associations in the Private Employment Sector (CAPES), APSO is dedicated to supporting the best interests of members through representation in key industry bodies such as BUSA and NEDLAC. APSO also belongs to the South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SACCI) as well as the Ethics Institute of SA. For more information, visit:

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