/ 17 October 2012


Sakkie du Plessis
Sakkie du Plessis

Last financial year's turnover R2.865-billion (for 2011 financial year).

HR Director Sakkie du Plessis.

Split of staff All 265 staff members are permanent employees.

Main line of business Safripol manufactures and markets polypropylene and high-density polyethylene required by the plastics-converting industry.

What is the company's HR strategy? Safripol's HR strategy is to continue being an employer of choice by promoting the wellbeing and progress of its people.

Key elements of success have been developed as part of the strategy to sustain momentum.

They include learning and development, diversity and inclusion, strategic human resources planning, employer branding, employee satisfaction and HR functional excellence. Each of the elements is clearly defined in terms of desired outcomes and measurement to monitor the company's progress.

What is the company's BEE strategy? Safripol, which is 21% owned by Thebe Investment Corporation, has improved from a rating of seven to five in the past three years. Apart from the internal focus on training and upliftment, the company advances technical capacity through two local universities' broad-based bridging programmes.

It further uplifts and enables small, medium and micro- enterprises and BBBEE-aligned businesses through preferential procurement and payment practices. Where practical, Safripol also provides infrastructure support and training to these businesses,and serves its local community through the Lusa Community Chest.