Lepro Corporation has joined an elite list of companies in the world to be certified on an international quality management standard the ISO 9001:2015 – Lepro Corporation became the first company on the African continent and one of the top 10 companies globally to achieve the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 certification in less than four months after the release of the standard. Lepro was recommended for certification by German certification body DQS on 2 February 2016, and their certificate handed over on the 19th February at the head Office in Johannesburg.
This is a great achievement not only for Lepro but business in South Africa, giving the assurance that our businesses measure up to the international benchmarks and standards. When asked about how difficult it has been for the organization to achieve the milestone; the company’s Management Representative – Mrs. Violet Donjeany mentioned “The biggest challenge was in understanding the requirements as the standard had been released only four months ago. In an economy that is battling; it is critical for companies to increase their global positioning plus competitiveness and ISO standards are able to provide a much needed assurance for such. “From the beginning we knew it was going to be a mammoth task, considering that Lepro is an SME and corporates are still trying to understand the standard but Lepro sparred no cent in ensuring it was done. Implementing an electronic management system to help meet the requirements” these were the words of Dr Lucas Moloi who is the Chairperson of the South African Quality Institute. As a result of the new standard Lepro has had to adopt better quality practices, and “risk based thinking”.
Asking the very proud MD of Lepro Mr Lizwe Ndlovu what this meant for the organization he said “we are now a global player, giving sustainable jobs to over 2600 breadwinners and the responsibility of keeping them safe within jobs is never easy when one doesn’t have systems”. As many scramble to understand the ISO standards, this proudly South African company will be working to break new international boundaries.