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TMA-SA CEO Insights April 2021

By Bruce Berry, CEO of  TMA-SA

Well, here we are at the end of what is South Africa’s month of public holidays. I do hope that those of you who had the opportunity to get away had an enjoyable break. 

We have been fortunate that the predicted post-Easter increase in Covid 19 infections has not yet materialized. Watching the awful scenes in India and Brazil where the increase in infections has resulted in the shortages of hospital beds and oxygen is a stark reminder of the need to remain vigilant. The pandemic is by no means over and as we have discussed previously, the consequences will continue to be felt for some time to come. Fortunately, Government has announced it has secured vaccine supplies and the inoculation roll-out will commence for the over 60-year-olds next month. 

The TMA Global International Committee meeting in April focussed on the importance of the TMA Brand and the value proposition of TMA. The Association is continuing to expand and as Scott Stuart indicated in his address at the Kickstart Event, we are pleased to see the formation of another Chapter on the continent, this time in Nigeria. Members are reminded to take advantage of the various international links and a call was made for contributions to the Journal of Corporate Renewal (JCR). The July/August issue is going to have an international focus. So my request is for a TMA-SA member to submit their articles. Not only would that be a tremendous personal achievement but also a good way to elevate the status of our Chapter.  (See www.turnaround.org/jcr for further details).

The concept of a “Power Hour” has also been started whereby two or more chapters hold a networking session together. The feedback has been generally positive, perhaps that is something TMA-SA should also consider taking part in.

Further feedback comes from the CIPC, which has informed TMA-SA that they have recently observed some large companies have appointed a Junior Practitioner as the sole BPR on a matter. Furthermore, these Junior Practitioners have accepted these appointments although they don’t qualify to serve as the sole practitioners for medium or large companies. Members are requested to note that in such instances a joint appointment with a more qualified practitioner is more appropriate.

South Africa celebrates Workers’ Day on 1 May. I was wondering how many of us know the reason why the day is celebrated as such across many countries in the world. Traditionally, the beginning of May was marked by a series of spring festivals in the northern hemisphere and it was only in 1889 that the Marxist International Socialist Congress meeting in Paris established the “Second International”.  The Second International adopted a resolution calling for a “great international demonstration” in support of working-class demands for an eight-hour day.  In 1904 the Second International called for trade unions and other worker organisations to demonstrate on the 1st of May for the legal establishment of an eight-hour day, better working conditions and universal peace. During the Cold War in the Eastern Bloc countries, May Day celebrations became synonymous with large military parades and in 1955 the Catholic Church dedicated the day to “Saint Joseph the Worker”.  Saint Joseph is the patron saint of workers and craftsmen.

In South Africa Workers’ Day has been a public holiday since 1995.  In 1950 the SA Communist Party organised a strike on 1 May in response to the enactment of the Suppression of Communism Act.  In 1986 COSATU called for the day to be declared a holiday and for workers to stay at home.  Over 1 and a half million observed the call and in the years following the day became a “popular”, although unofficial, holiday until 1995.

And on that note, it is back to work! 

I would also like to wish “Ramadan Mubarak” to all our Muslim members.

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