SA HR news roundup: Capitec and Sappi on recruitment drives

Capitec turns the spotlight on the war for talent.

The City of Cape Town looks at flexible working hours as part of its draft Integrated Development Plan, while trade unions agree to intensify strike action at Sibanye-Stillwater over wage increases. Meanwhile, Sappi launches a recruitment campaign for skilled engineers and production specialists and Capitec looks to fill hundreds of positions as the war for talent in the banking sector hots up.

Sappi on talent drive
Woodfibre products manufacturer Sappi has launched a campaign to encourage skilled engineers and production specialists to join its growing team.

Besides a number of current vacancies in various fields, Sappi is also building up a database of talent for future appointment.

Sappi Southern Africa human resource operations GM James Manana says Sappi is always on the lookout for technical skills that will help achieve the goal of building a “thriving world” by unlocking the power of renewable resources, such as that obtained from wood.

“In a world where we are all looking for natural, sustainable alternatives to those that are depleting our planet’s resources, it is both challenging, but also hugely rewarding for the innovative forward-thinking individuals that work in this environment, to succeed in extracting the wonders of nature’s own engineering and putting it to use in the real world,” he says.

Unions to intensify strike at Sibanye-Stillwater

Trade unions the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) will intensify strike action against precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater in a dispute over wage increases.

Additional protest marches will be held to “garner public support and increase pressure on Sibanye”, the unions say.

The ongoing strike is now in its second month.

City of Cape Town IDP looks at flexible working hours

The City of Cape Town is planning several changes to reduce the time residents spend in traffic every day – including wider roads and flexible working hours.

The proposals are included in the city’s new draft Integrated Development Plans (IDP) which is currently open for public comment.

Every municipality in South Africa is required to produce an IDP. The document encompasses all of a municipality’s goals and objectives for economic and social development in the short, medium and long term.

Capitec spotlights war for talent

South Africa is seeing a war for talent as banks, retailers and other businesses are fighting to hire from a very limited talent pool. This is according to Capitec Bank CEO Gerrie Fourie, who says it is most keenly felt in highly-technical professions such as data science and IT workers.

“This is being fuelled by people saying they are now working from home and overseas. It’s quite easy to work in London but you actually sit in South Africa, so I think there will be quite a war for talent,” he said.

Capitec aims to fill several hundred positions over the next few months.