The main objective of the department is to enhance business performance through ensuring that the human capital of the Group is competent, fairly remunerated and functions within a best practice environment.

Employee development programmes, recruitment strategies and training and development processes provide the Group with stable leadership, culminating in staff stability and high competency levels which enhance the Group’s performance.

Current focus is on integrating the Relyant and Ellerines staff with best practice as the overriding guide, especially in so far as employee working conditions and relations are concerned.

An exercise is currently underway to evaluate all job functions and to benchmark the remuneration packages for each function both internally as well as against the industry as a whole.

In addition to “Preview” which is used as an assessment scorecard, the Group now makes use of a number of additional programmes provided by “OMNICOR” ensuring that best calibre candidates are appointed. The various learnership programmes operated by the Group facilitate the identification of talented individuals who are then recruited into permanent positions aligned to their particular abilities. Through the Group’s industrial relations training interventions with management and shop stewards, the Group continues to enjoy a constructive working relationship with SACAWU, the representative trade union. The practice of promotion from within on merit, coupled with specific employee development programmes have resulted in almost 80% of the Group’s employment equity targets having being reached, although there are still major challenges at the more senior levels.

One of the major projects facing the merged Group is the alignment of various retirement funds.

Aids intervention programmes are in operation across the Group, throughout southern Africa. The numbers of employees participating in these programmes on a voluntary and anonymous basis is pleasing. These programmes are proving highly beneficial both to the affected employees and to the Group as a whole which has a gross mortality rate of less then 1% of the total workforce.