As promised in 2018 at the South African Investment Conference, Procter & Gamble, the giant company responsible for bringing trusted brands to consumers in South Africa since 1995, will be investing R300 million in South Africa’s manufacturing sector.

Why this big move?

P&G aims to go onboard on local production of it’s “Always” brand of sanitary pads as part of the investment. 

But this is not all.

P&G will also invest in upgrades to the company’s Pampers production facilities in the Kempton Park manufacturing site. If you take a look at the upgraded facility, it adds a zero-waste-to-landfill site as a result of the company’s newest energy-saving initiatives. Even as there is an added manufacturing demand for a new product line, it has not added to energy consumption.

The Deputy Minister for the Department of Trade and Industry, Nomalungelo Gina attended the official commissioning of the latest manufacturing facility on Friday, 1 November.

P&G is Creating Jobs in South Africa

With their investment in South Africa, P&G is generating more than 4,000 direct and indirect jobs all through its value chain. As per the leading company P&G, their most recent investment has boosted employment at the site by 30% through its value chain. 

The vice president of P&G, Southern Africa, Vilo Trska, cited that the investment in the newest manufacturing facility embodies the company’s commitment to the development of and investment in South Africa and the continent as a whole, acting in response to the increasing needs of their consumers.  

Their move supports the objectives of the Government’s National Development Plan linked to creating jobs and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s mission to promote investment into the country.

The vice president further cited that from selecting material to developing product and ultimately manufacturing, they follow meticulous, globally recognized standards for safety and quality in their processes. This is done to gain trust in the millions of South Africans who opt for the Always brand. 

Through local manufacturing, their flexibility is increased, their speed of distribution is boosted, more choice is empowered, and responsiveness to ever-growing local market trends is enabled.

P&G: Committed to Gender Equality 

The vice president, Trska, also discussed the company’s commitment to gender equality. The company is dedicated to tackling the needs of women and girls in South Africa and Africa, through their products, their operations, and their social programs. No wonder 40% of their managers at this plant are female. 

The company is associated with WEConnect International that upskills women-owned businesses and incorporates them into the company’s supply chain. They are also dedicated to tripling their spending with women-owned businesses.

The company plans to deliver puberty education to more than 1.5 million girls in South Africa over the next 5 years and help the impoverished whenever they get inflicted from different types of natural disasters

Also, the company’s Always Keeping Girls in School program blends will with the provision of free Always sanitary pads to another 13,000 girls yearly.

As a company and via its brands, they aim to be a force for good. They wish to add to the long-term prosperity of South Africa and assist the people to live their best lives. 

Other Big Investments by P&G

In 2015, Procter & Gamble (P&G) Vietnam made an announcement that they will be investing US$100 million to put up a Gillette razor plant in Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park II in Ben Cat District in Binh Duong Province. It marked the celebration of its 20th anniversary in the country.

Also, this year, Procter and Gamble (P&G) invested in excess of $50 million in state-of-the-art hair care manufacturing plant at Port Qasim, Karachi. The investment was made to manufacture its brands Pantene and Head & Shoulders. This big move has resulted in socioeconomic benefits like import substitution in millions of dollars and direct and indirect job creations.

About P&G South Africa

Procter & Gamble is well-known for bringing trusted brands to South African consumers in the country since 1995. It boasts of a huge portfolio of products, including Always, Pampers, Ariel, Gillette, Old Spice, Oral B, and Pantene. The products of P&G touch the lives of over four billion people worldwide. 

One of the company’s offices is located in Sandton, Johannesburg. Their Pampers Plant is in Spartan Kempton Park and provides employment to over 300 employees. 

P&G South Africa Awards

The awards received by P&G South Africa locally are listed below:

  • Award for one of the most Attractive Employers in South Africa
  • Company Most Associated with Leadership Opportunities & Professional Development
  • Company Most Associated with Respect for Its People (Universum Awards 2017)
  • One among 2017’s Top Employer of Choice in the FMCG industry (SAGEA 2017)

P&G believes in building from within. Thus, most of the hiring takes place at the entry-level, opening career opportunities for students instead of jobs.

The company hires top interns and graduates in South Africa to take on leadership positions. They are then provided professional training and development, which helps to set off their career to a fast start.