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Wednesday, 24 January 2024

The AfroCentric Group, a leading player in South Africa’s healthcare sector, proudly attained its status as  one of South Africa's Top Employers as designated by the globally recognised Top Employers Institute.

The Top Employers Institute's rigorous certification process evaluates organisations based on their performance in key HR domains, including People Strategy, Work Environment, Talent Acquisition, Learning, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Wellbeing and more.

According to AfroCentric Executive Director Human Capital & Transformation, Tebogo Makoe, AfroCentric's success in attaining its Top Employer status underscores a dedication to being the number one choice in an industry that quite literally saves lives where success is measured in quality of life for millions of South Africans.

She says the Group’s values – Act with integrity and trust, Go the extra mile, Cultivate uniqueness, Thrive together and Make a positive difference – coupled with Leadership that cares for people and nurtures talent serve as guiding principles for creating an enabling workplace culture that supports the acquisition, development and retention of a skilled and talented workforce.

"Our people philosophy is at the core of our value proposition – always aligning our leaders and people with business purpose," says Makoe. "We are passionate about creating an inclusive culture that attracts, develops and retains a diverse workforce, fostering a high-performance environment that supports our strategic objectives."

With a workforce comprised of 71% female and 29% male employees across entities, she says diversity and inclusion are integral components of AfroCentric's strategy. While the company has made progress in increasing the representation of women in leadership roles, Makoe acknowledges the need for continued efforts to enhance gender diversity, especially at management and leadership echelons.

The company's commitment to employee engagement and enhanced employee experience are highlighted through strategic initiatives such our employee listening strategies comprising of activities a Pulse Surveys, Voice of Employee dipsticks. "These platforms provide insights into employee perceptions and evolving needs, supporting us in maintaining a strong, engaged, and productive workforce," says Makoe.

AfroCentric's investment in skills development is evident through its Learning and Performance Academy, which offers comprehensive learning and development opportunities. The company's focus on employee wellbeing extends to physical, mental, social and financial aspects, ensuring a holistic approach to supporting its workforce.

Commenting on the achievement, AfroCentric Group CEO, Gerald Van Wyk says, "We are honoured to be recognised as a Top Employer in South Africa for 2024. This prestigious certification is integral to our overarching strategy, which aims to attract and retain top talent, thereby strengthening our organisation. We will continue to innovate in HR best practices and uphold our values to remain the employer of choice and best in market healthcare company through our people."

The Top Employers Institute CEO, David Plink, commended AfroCentric and other certified Top Employers for their exceptional performance in caring for the development and well-being of their people, enriching the world of work.

"Exceptional times bring out the best in people and organisations," says Plink. "And we have witnessed this in our Top Employers Certification Programme this year: exceptional performance from the certified Top Employers 2024. These employers have always shown that they care for the development and wellbeing of their people. By doing so, they collectively enrich the world of work. We are proud to announce and celebrate this year’s group of leading people-oriented employers: the Top Employers 2024."

The Top Employers Institute Certification Programme has certified and recognised over 2,300 Top Employers in 121 countries/regions, positively impacting the lives of over 12 million employees globally.

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