n South African Journal of Labour Relations - Emerging from performance poverty in Africa : towards a performance literacy model

Volume 33, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0379-8410
  • E-ISSN: 2520-3223



Reports on the dismal performance of African economies relative to the rest of the world, the wretchedness of most lives on the continent and the poor prospects for improvement have become an annual occurrence. This may be unduly pessimistic as it obscures the existence of practices in some countries that may be a basis for turning around Africa's organisations and nations and with them her people. This article seeks to develop a model of performance literacy (performeracy) at organisational and national levels as an antecedent for organisational and national performance-based lessons from theory and practice in South Africa and Uganda. An important contribution of the paper is the development and modeling of a latent structure for enabling the growth of performance literacy nationally and organisationally and adding a new concept - performeracy - to the literature, hence extending the discourse on organisational enlightenment beyond the traditional learning organisation thesis. By modeling the avenues to performance-literate organisations and nations, the authors have provided a pointer for an empirical examination by future research. A case has also been demonstrated for intra-African learning and a linkage of employment law and performance management.

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