job creation

South Africa’s Job Targets Welcomed

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has praised South Africa’s decision to set job creation targets.

However, ILO is concerned that the country remains internationally uncompetitive, particularly against the Asian countries against which it competes with in terms of labour.

ILO South African director, Vic van Vuuren, says that amendments to SA’s labour legislation are taking too long to be finalised. Van Vuuren further states that the country’s labour laws do not require overhauls but rather that business and the government focus more directly on job creation.

SA Urged to Create More Jobs

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that South Africa aims to create five million jobs by 2020 but has only managed to create 624 000 in the last decade.

In a press statement, SAIRR points out that, "The data, which is sourced from Statistics South Africa, shows that total employment has increased by an average of only 0.5 percent a year since 2001."

SAIRR researcher, Lucy Holborn, says that the rate of job creation will need to rise nearly 10 times to meet the government's job creation targets.

Umzi Wethu Livelihoods Programme Starts On 23 January 2012

The Umzi Wethu Livelihoods Programme aims to equip job seekers with the skills required to find work and to become valuable employees.

Orientation for the next Livelihoods Programme will take place on 23 January, 2012.

Classes will commence from 25 January to 22 February 2012. There are 10sessions, at the cost of R10 per session. Students are expected to attend all sessions in order to receive the full benefit of the programme. Classes start at 08h30 and end at 14h00.

Education Plan to Help SA Reach Job Targets

The green paper for post-school education launched this week offers a refreshingly frank analysis of how South Africa’s post-school education system should be aligned to the needs of society and the economy.

Should the objectives of the green paper be met, by 2030 university enrolment will double to 1.5 million, and that of further education and training (FET) colleges will register a six-fold increase to four million.

Motlanthe Defends SA Labour Laws

Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, has defended the country's labour laws, saying they are not the main stumbling block to job creation.

Motlanthe, who is being touted as a possible successor to President Jacob Zuma in 2014, was addressing academics and business executives at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

SA Wage Costs Blamed for Job Losses

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that high labour costs carried more blame for South Africa's decline in exports than the strong rand.

IMF deputy director for Africa, Abebe Aemro Selassie, points out that on the whole, it is labour cost rather than rand appreciation that has contributed to the loss of competitiveness.

Briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on finance, Selassie argued, "One of the features of the labour market that we think has aggravated the scale of job losses is that you have had wage increases well ahead of productivity increases.”

South Africa Urged to Grow Entrepreneurs

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) says that focus on employment equity and wealth distribution has to shift to entrepreneurship and value creation if the economy is to grow.

The focus on employment equity and wealth distribution had to shift to entrepreneurship and value creation if the economy was to grow and create 500 000 jobs to satisfy the objectives of the New Growth Path.

The bank's comments are an admission that many government initiatives to broaden the economy, improve education and foster entrepreneurship, have failed.

Renewable Energy to Create Jobs - Magubane

The Department of Energy says the procurement of renewable Independent Power Producers (IPP) will create jobs in rural areas.

The department’s director-general, Nelisiwe Magubane, points out that most of the renewable independent power producers will be in rural areas, where there is limited economic activity.

Magubane states that the IPP procurement programme is intended to promote sustainable growth, job creation and the renewable energy industry.

NGOs Key to Job Creation – Patel

The Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, says non-governmental organisations have the potential to create more than a quarter of a million new jobs in South Africa.

Speaking at the start of the Social Enterprise World Forum conference at the University of Johannesburg, Patel said NGOs in Europe have managed to increase the number of people they employ from about two million to five million people over the last 10 years.

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