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The Role Of Human Capital In The Competitive Platform Of South African Industries

E. P. J. Kleynhans
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 4, No 3 | a100 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v4i3.100 | © 1970 E. P. J. Kleynhans | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 November 2006 | Published:

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E. P. J. Kleynhans, North West University, South Africa

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The objective of this study was to investigate the role of human capital in the competitive platform of South African industries and to determine the ability of their human capital to address the challenges of modern technology and globalisation. Attention is given to the competitive strengths and investment opportunities, including the quality and availability of human resources, labour cost, level of education and skills, vocational and industry related training facility, work ethics, productivity, workplace regulations, as well as efficiency of the civil service; including productivity and competitiveness indexes. The study found that the level of human capital in South African industries is much higher than the general perception and not the worst element of South Africa’s competitive platform. The findings also indicated challenges, like absentees due to AIDS and other factors, a shortage of artisans and proficiency towards modern technology and innovation, which limits competitiveness.


Labour productivity; Human Capital; competitiveness; production factor


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