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SAS ranked in top 10 CRF Best Employers in SA 2011/2012

Local office leapfrogs competitors into top 10 of Small Companies Category

Johannesburg, South Africa  (29 Aug. 2011)  – SAS South Africa, a division of the global leader in business analytics, is pleased to announce that it has been ranked in the top 10 in the CRF Best Employers in SA 2011/2012 Small Companies awards.

To date SAS has regularly featured on the CRF’s list of best employers in South Africa, however this year marks the first time that the company has made it into the top 10, with an overall 9th place in its category.  Companies come from a myriad of sectors, namely IT, mining and manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, financial services, retail, food and beverage to name a few, and voting includes award categories for large companies, small companies and sector leaders and then an overall pool of organisations that have not made it into the top 10.

“We are absolutely ecstatic with this year’s result as we have leapt out of the overall finalist pool and directly into the top 10 of our category,” states Millicent Sibeko, Human Resources Director at SAS South Africa.  “The award is testimony to the work we are putting into human capital development at SAS, the fact that we value our employees as our most valuable asset and that the investment we are making in this area is indeed paying off.”

The CRF Institute Best Employers awards is an employer brand promotion project that certifies the strategic framework a business has in place to effectively manage people in terms of policy, procedure and practice.  It also acknowledges a company’s ability to mobilise its people around business goals for the long-term delivery and sustainability of an organisation, and speaks to corporate governance and the triple bottom line, namely: people, planet and profit.

The judging framework has been developed by: Deloitte Netherlands; the UCT Graduate School of Business; the Businesswomen's Association of SA; the SA Institute of Management and the Institute of People Management. The criteria against which SAS was adjudicated, included its formal and informal policies within the realms of primary benefits, secondary benefits and working conditions, training and development, company culture and diversity, as well as its reputation in the market and its ability to retain talent in comparison to previous years.

“As the recipient of this award I think SAS is sending a strong message to the local market, that even as a global player, our executive and management are committed to develop and maintain world-class talent and management systems within our local office,” adds Sibeko.  “It states strongly that SAS is committed to the success of the South African office and the people within who assist us in being the success that we are today.”

“In today’s economic and business climate many businesses are facing workplace challenges in keeping their staff motivated and their people happy. I am encouraged by the success of the goals we at SAS are working towards, and that our constant efforts within improving people and talent management is paying off.  This award is a true reflection of the quality individuals we employ at SAS and their continued commitment to SAS as a company, it is for this reason I applaud everyone at the local office for bringing this accolade home,” ends Sibeko.

To date SAS has received the prestigious honour of being named No. 1 on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list in the U.S. for two years in a row, South Africa now joins numerous of its international offices that have been acknowledged as being a best place to work.

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