Correctness, punctuality, a high level of standards and pride in your work have always been attributes of the Western culture.
That is why the lowering of educational standards and the acceptance of the “alternative” African standards as applies to timekeeping, quality assurance and achievement, is of such a concern. It will inevitably lead to a complete collapse of service delivery, amongst other things.
If this is coupled with the policies of Affirmative Action and BBBEE, where the section of our population subjected to this lowered standard of education and benefitted by BBBEE and Affirmative Action, are now entering the labour market, we can expect things to go haywire.
How is it at all possible that South Africa’s second largest Supermarket chain store can allow a whole series of errors in their advertising, promotion and display to happen? Over the last few days pictures have been doing the rounds of displays and promotions at Pick ‘n Pay which would have been funny, if it wasn’t really concerning.
Imagine a chain of people involved in setting up a promotion. The designers who does the posters. The person who signs off on it. The printer. The brand manager. The store manager. The supervisor. The staff member who puts it up.
And NOT ONE of them can spot obvious mistakes that a 7 year old child could point out!
Why is this of importance to us?
Because each and every time we accept this as a joke, we also accept the lowering of standards in all aspects of our society. And lowered educational standards and appointment of people in managerial positions of responsibility because of their skin colour instead of their skills or qualifications destroys a bit more of what we, as consumers, voters and tax payers are entitled to.
It is truly time that Gareth Ackerman decides whether the reputation of his company is more important than his level 8 BEE certificate or not. With 54 400 employees at PnP outlets and more than 20 000 at subsidiaries of PnP there must be people who can take charge of quality control and pride in the brand name of a company which is a household name to millions of South Africans.
Posted By: Front Nasionaal