In order to continuously improve operational excellence, companies focus on enhancing company productivity and improving product or service quality. These continuous improvements are the result of better operations, stronger customer relationships and better value to the customer.
Successful companies concentrate on their workforce and cultural efforts that play a critical role in making an organisation operationally excellent. Examples include growing employee engagement in operational excellence efforts, increasing skill training, and maximising employee productivity. One such company is Carpe Diem.
Carpe Diem Raisins (Pty) Ltd (“CDR”) established in 2006 is a packer and raisin exporter located 10km from Upington in the Northern Cape, exporting approximately 10 000 tons of raisins to foreign buyers.
The raisin packing factory has a production capacity of 12 000 tons. CDR packs and markets approximately 22% of South Africa’s total raisin production. Approximately 5% of production is sold to the local market and approximately 95% are exported all around the world.
CDR has a staff compliment of 27 permanent staff and 115 seasonal staff. Carpe Diem produces 100% organic export table grapes, raisins and pecan nuts.
Carpe Diem joined forces with ODI and enrolled members of staff to complete the NQF2 Production Technology learnership comprising of 10 Modules – facilitated by Valery Hansen.
Emphasis is placed on a safe workplace environment, whilst improving productivity. This is done by optimising processes, functions and organisational structures, in order to contribute towards the achievement of production requirements.