oa Journal of Management & Administration - The impact of a management development programme on Illovo Sugar Limited management employees : research

Volume 10, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1728-9157



The sugar industry, within which Illovo Sugar Limited operates, is a highly competitive and labour intensive industry. The retention of skilled and professional employees has become a problematic issue for companies operating within this industry. Illovo Sugar Limited had also detected a migration of its employees to the supposed "greener pastures" of its competitors and decided to take action against this phenomenon. In response, Illovo Sugar designed a management development programme aimed at addressing employee turnover by focusing specifically on the inherent needs of its employees. A sample size of fifty respondents was chosen for this study, with the focus being on the attitude of the employees towards the programme implemented. The research instrument used was a questionnaire incorporating an attitude scale to assess the responses of the participants. The results of the study have indicated that the majority of employees acknowledge the benefits of the programme being implemented and commit to making the programme successful. Illovo Sugar has managed to successfully motivate staff and increase on the job satisfaction via programme implementation. However, there still exists concern by the employees regarding the strategy adopted by Illovo Sugar with respect to succession planning. The programme still has room for minor adjustments and improvements to satisfy the needs of the management employees of the organisation.

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