Our People

IMPAHLA AT A GLANCE - OUR PEOPLE

  • Employee numbers nearly doubled to 452 over the past two years on the back of a 12% increase from last year.
  • Employee turnover for the year increased marginally to 28% (2013: 26%).
  • Impahla pays full NBC rates, despite many peers in the local clothing industry paying rates as low as half these rates.
  • Absenteeism marginally increased from 1.5% to 1.6%.
  • Scored 93% and above for all our factories during an independent occupational health and safety risk assessment.
  • Better injury monitoring resulted in an increase in our Total Injury Frequency Rate score to 43.1 injuries per 200 000 hours worked (2013: 13.52).
  • Under the new B-BBEE codes we could not maintain our Level 7 contributor status and became a non-compliant contributor.

IMPAHLA TURNS TEN YEARS OLD

In April this year, Impahla turned 10 years old. What began from the purchase of the assets by William Hughes of an ailing business, the Cape Town T-shirt Company, has now grown into a thriving business with three factories producing in excess of 2.7 million units per year and an employee count of over 450 employees. From humble beginnings operating from rented premises, a small team of 22 employees have remained core to the business and have grown and developed along with it.

Each 10 Year team member was honoured at an award ceremony, held on 20 April 2014. In his presentation, William thanked these employees and again highlighted his appreciation for their dedication to Impahla and for their part in the success of the business.

HUMAN RIGHTS

As a small business, Impahla has not been called upon to ascribe to any international conventions regarding human rights. However, as a South African company, we are both obliged and committed to living up to our Constitution, and to respecting all laws, including those pertaining to the fair treatment of employees.

Impahla falls under the watchful eye of the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Industry, as well as SACTWU, the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union, and we actively encourage and support employee participation in both of these rights bodies. Moreover, we aspire to meet or exceed the Bargaining Council's Collective Agreement rules, recognising that these rules are merely base level guidelines, and that by exceeding them, within reasonable limits, we create a working environment that encourages reciprocal trust, respect and commitment between management and our employees.

Impahla does not employ child and/or forced labour, nor do we allow any of our suppliers to engage in these practices. Moreover, no incidents of discrimination have been recorded at Impahla.

OUR 10 YEAR TEAM


Ayesha Grootboom
Christine Kalie
Fayrouz Hoosain
Francis Enicker
Gail Arendse
Joan Hughes
Joyce Thebus
Koleka Futshane
Lena Jansen
Lorraine Davids
Lorraine Pretorius
Lydia Makalima
Maureen Baso
Mavis Kota
Merle Beckles
Patricia Collins
Patrick Dukes
Sharon Weitz
Shireen Stuurman
Simbulele Ntoto
Susan De Bruyn
William Hughes

EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR


EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH


2010


Enrico Davids (January)
Christine Stevens (February)
Nokwazi Majongile (May)
Fayrouz Hoosain (June)
Nolundi Mbelekwana (July)
Cobie Kleinbooi (August)
Lindiwe Ndunge (September)
Marsha Kortier (November)
Judith Sigutya (December)

2011


Alroy Fredericks (January)
Xabiso Tambo (February)
Nomataru Xunga (May)
Nombulelo Busakwe (June)
Catherine Williams (July)
Sheila Cemmers (August)
Pauline Sprout (September)
Alethea Barnett (October)
Anthea Diamond (November)

2012


Joanna Everts (January)
Faika Simons (February)
Rene Williams (March)
Rudolf (Dolfet) Hendricks (April)
Fatiema Nakerdien (May)
Albertina Swartbooi (June)
Katarina Rass (July)
Christine Kalie (August)
Enricel Van Schalkwyk (September)
Nomvuyo Qanda (October)
Mavis Kota (November)
Anton Redelinghuys (December)

2013


Epping
Shamiela Petersen (May)
Adie Pick (June)
Nosipo Nxelewa (August)
Ruwayda Meyer (September)
Monde Beko (October)
Charlene Jacobs (November)

Elsies River
Spacie Martin (January)
Martin van Wyk (February)
Soraya Mayet (March)
Kelly Kabasele Ngindu (April)
David Malibongiwe Ntsinga (May)
Natasha Abrahams (June)
Blanch Terblanche (July)
Roderick Adams (August)
Enrico Davids (September)
Simone Peterson (October)
Gwenneth De Hahn (November)

Maitland
Celeste Toerein (January)

2014


Maitland
Lucia Julies (January)
Sadia Boltman (February)

Elsies River
Chrissie Hesselman (February)
Bonisile Mbatha (March)
Sue-Ann Swartz (May)

Epping
Penelope Brummer (February)