Kobus Gertenbach, appointed as the CEO of Premier FMCG on 1 April 2021, reflects on the last 6 months, "To build long-term value, both companies and brands need to have a purpose. For Premier FMCG, it's about our people and products making a difference in the everyday lives of our consumers. Our brands are also shifting towards a purpose-driven strategy. Together, our organisation and our brands need to earn the right to operate within our communities.
While we move towards a purpose-driven future, we continue to focus on employee health and safety and community upliftment. This year, we have increased our CSI investment by working with partners like Food Forward, Gift of the Givers, ACFS, and charities operating in the communities surrounding our 53 sites.
Despite the turbulent times in which we operate, Premier FMCG remains focused on our strategy, delivering high performance on brilliant basics and achieving great wins across the organisation. Our people survey results showed strong improvements over prior years, the integration of the Mister Sweet acquisition is progressing well, and major capex projects have been commissioned across our business, including a pads line in Durban that resulted in upskilling of 8 employees, promotion of 20 employees and appointment of 18 new employees to the business. Travel restrictions due to the pandemic posed significant challenges in the commissioning of a biscuits line in Mozambique and pads line in Durban. Still, the Premier FMCG team rose to the challenge, and both these lines have been successfully commissioned with new skills being entrenched into the business.
As we move forward, we will continue to entrench our purpose-driven culture with a strong focus on being brilliant at the basics and commitment to growing together."