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Ubuntu - An African term meaning "I am, because we are"

Our country has been grappling with the lockdown and its prospects for future growth for 6 weeks now. A tremendous amount has happened across our industry over this period, and whilst we have been apart, we have never worked with more unity and purpose both for our sector and for our country.

As I sit back and reflect on our industry’s front line people (our essential service workers), its leaders and the many companies that have endured through this period of lockdown, I am genuinely filled with gratitude for what people have done in service to our industry, and inspired by what the future prospects hold for us. The purpose of this post is to express my gratitude to my industry colleagues for their phenomenal dedication and contributions, as well as to share a few of my personal reflections.

Excellent coverage on ITWeb of South Africa's recent performance in the annual 2020 Front Office BPO Omnibus Survey conducted by global firm Ryan Strategic Advisory.

The survey included feedback from 540 Senior decision-makers on behalf of 240 businesses which represented 42 countries across multiple sectors.

South Africa has been named the second most favoured offshore location for contact centre delivery globally.

This is the third year in a row that South Africa has consistently taken second place, straddled in 2020 by two mature sector giants; India in first place and the Philippines in third.

The annual 2020 Front Office BPO Omnibus Survey conducted by global firm; Ryan Strategic Advisory was conducted with 540 senior decision-makers responding on behalf of 240 businesses representing 42 countries spread across multiple sectors.

What Happened

BPESA’s membership year starts on the 1st April 2020 and with the sudden announcement by the President of the national disaster our roadshow to the regions, during which we planned to present the 2020/2021 plan of action and the new membership proposition, was cancelled.

Our world changed and our priorities switched immediately from memberships and growth to preparing for the lock down and ensuring that our industry (operators, suppliers, staff) activated work from home and kept staff safe, all the while continuing to deliver essential services to the domestic and international markets – a critical element in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

To all our members and stakeholders

More than two weeks have passed since the lock-down came into effect and we now know that it will stay in place until the end of April.

Cleary the decision to extend the shut down was not an easy one for the President and his team; a decision that was made on the back of deep consultation with key stakeholders, including business, and with as much relevant data and information as possible on the progression and impact of the virus, its’ impact on human lives and its impact on the economy.

It gives me great pleasure to share the Quarter Four Jobs Report for 2019. Amidst the anxiety over the COVID-19 pandemic prevalent in the world and here at home, we should take hope from the 35% growth realised in 2019.

Loren Moss - a respected analyst, publisher & researcher with executive leadership experience and deep domain knowledge in Global service delivery (amoung others) - has published an article exploring the the concept of 'telework' (working from home) in the midst of the alarming Coronavirus COVID-19 global outbreak.

Read more for opinion from GBS stakeholders on the concept and benefits of 'telework' for our sector - Global Business Services.

The Coronavirus disease has spread to 157 countries on all but one continent of the world. 167,571 cases have been confirmed and more than 6,456 people have died from the virus.

BPESA and its members have a clear role to play in curbing and ultimately recovering from this virus.

The BPESA Team are looking for new talent! If you want to make use of your administrative and organising skills to make a difference in people’s lives and South Africa as a whole…Then this might just be the position for you. Click on the link below to read more about a position as BPESA National Administration & Logistics Officer.

On Tuesday, 21 January 2020 the BPESA Team attended a session led by the Public Private Growth Initiative (PPGI) in Sandton, Johannesburg in which representatives across diverse Sectors - public and private - gathered to discuss progress and updates on PPGI led projects and initiatives. The feedback was positive, particularly for our Sector (Global Business Services / Business Process Services) where collaboration between the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and BPESA have led to the creation of 20,000 net new jobs in the Sector since Jnauary 2018 with a growth target of 100,000 net new jobs planned for 2023.