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Department of Labour’s Supported Employment Enterprises (SEE) to officially launch its new corporate identity on Open Day

by lloyd last modified 2015-10-07 14:44

07 October 2015

The Supported Employment Enterprises (SEE), an entity of the Department of Labour is to host an Open Day next week to officially launch its new corporate identity and marketing strategy.

The Supported Employment Enterprises has been known as Sheltered Employment Factories (SEF) until recently when the new Employment Services (ES) Act was promulgated. The coming into being of the Employment Services Act 4 of 2014 also officially conferred a legal status to the existence of Supported Employment Enterprises.

The official launch of the SEE will take place on 16 October 2015 at the SEE’s factory in East London at number 1 Electron Road, Gately. On the day of the unveiling of the new entity name, the organisation will also unveils its marketing strategy and new furniture product lines. Delegates will also have an opportunity to view the dexterity of the SEE workers in a display of their wares. A week-long exhibition is also planned to be held after the official launch of the new entity.

The main objective and goal of hosting this open day for the SEF/SEE is to launch the new brand (SEE) and increase awareness about the existence of the factories in the market, develop and implement programmes that promote the employability of persons with disabilities .

The SEE was established in 1943 for ex-servicemen and service women who could not hold down employment in the labour market.

Currently, the SEE has 12 factories in seven provinces except Limpopo and Mpumalanga employing 899 people with disabilities as at March 2015. The enterprise specializes in hospital linen and clothing production (textiles), embroidery, woodwork, metalwork, upholstery, bookbinding and screen printing. SEE’s main customers are from education, police and heath sectors.

Supported Employment Enterprises has factories located in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, East London, Johannesburg, Kimberly, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, Potchefstroom and Pretoria. The land in which these factories are build is owned by the Department of Public Works as these are State immoveable assets.

This year’s Open Day is the third hosted by SEE. Last year the entity hosted its second Open Day event in Johannesburg in which the factory also showcased its history and the turn-around strategy. The Open Day allowed SEF to showcase its contribution to knowledge production, a school environment and a student graduating to an office environment.

NB: Media is invited to the Open Day launch.

Date:  16 October 2015

Time:   09h00 –13h00

Venue: 1 Electron Road, Gately

Issued by Department of Labour Communication Directorate:

Mokgadi Pela

Acting Departmental Spokesman

082 808 2168

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